Professional massage therapy offers a relaxing and rejuvenating experience that often plays a key role in the therapeutic healing process. It is important for the public to have confidence in a massage professional's expertise, training and professionalism.

The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) was created to implement a statewide certification program with clear standards of preparation and education, enabling massage professionals to obtain one of two certification levels:

  • Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)-Required to complete at least 500 hours of massage education and training at a CAMTC approved massage therapy school and pass a CAMTC approved massage exam.
  • Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP)-Generally must complete at least 250 hours of education and training.

Note that no new CMP's are being issued as of January 1, 2015.

There is no difference in the scope of practice between a CMP and CMT. CMPs and CMTs also must undergo a rigorous background check in order to be certified, including fingerprinting and other identification verification procedures, a criminal background check, and an investigation into any action taken against them by a city or county in relation to their professional conduct.

There are three ways to find out if your massage provider is CAMTC certified:

  • Use the search mode to check by name, city or certificate number.
  • California law requires that CAMTC certificate holders must include the name under which he or she is certified and his or her certificate number in any and all advertising. They may also display an optional CAMTC Certification Seal to confirm their designation as a CAMTC certified massage professional.
  • Ask to see their CMT or CMP certificate, which is required to be posted at their place of business, or ID card, which they are required to have in their possession. Certificate and ID card examples can be viewed here.

To learn more, read our FAQs.


In order to file a complaint against a CAMTC certificate holder, please click on this link.