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 process 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 an approved massage therapy school.
  • Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP)—Generally must complete at least 250 hours of education and training.

CMPs and CMTs also must undergo background checks, including fingerprinting and other identification verification procedures.

There are three ways to find out if your massage practitioner 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 or ID card, which is required to be posted at their place of business. Certificate and ID card examples can be viewed here.

To learn more, read our FAQs.

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