MASSAGE PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES

The Massage Therapy Act (California Business and Professions Code sections 460, 4600-4621, and Government Code section 51034) establishes statewide standards for voluntary certification of massage professionals that meet the requirements in the law and provides direction to cities and counties on the regulation of massage professionals and businesses. The bill that initially authorized the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) was signed into law on September 27, 2008 by Governor Schwarzenegger and became effective January 1, 2009. It provided for the creation of a private non-profit corporation, CAMTC, to provide voluntary statewide certification to eligible massage professionals no sooner than September 1, 2009. In 2014, CAMTC was re-authorized by AB 1147, which is effective January 1, 2015, and has significantly changed the law. You can find the complete text of the Massage Therapy Act, codified at California Business and Professions Code sections 460, 4600-4621, and Government Code section 51034, here.

CAMTC is charged with implementing a voluntary statewide certification program in California.

CAMTC certification allows massage professionals to practice massage therapy throughout the state of California without the need to obtain multiple permits or pay additional fees. To learn more about the benefits of certification, please read through the FAQs and also CAMTC's brochure: Put The New California Massage Law To Work For You.

  • If you are a massage professional and want to become certified in California, click to learn more about the requirements for certification and application process.
  • The requirements for certification have CHANGED as of January 1, 2015. Please make sure you are using the 2015 version of the application for certification when applying. If you submit an old version of the application for certification, please note that it cannot be accepted.
  • AB1147, the bill to continue CAMTC, was signed by the Governor and is effective January 1, 2015. AB 1147 changes the educational and other requirements for certification. Applications for certification as Certified Massage Practitioner ("CMP") will not be accepted if received on or after January 1, 2015. As of January 1, 2015, only applications for certification as a Certified Massage Therapist ("CMT") will be accepted. CMT applicants must have 500 hours of education from CAMTC approved schools and have passed a CAMTC approved exam, as well as meet all of the other requirements in the law in order to be certified.
  • CAMTC Policy In Relation to Online Education and Distance Learning:
    Effective May 9, 2013, through December 4, 2013: 1) CAMTC will not accept online or distance learning hours for the first 250 hours of education, unless the school has been approved for distance learning by an agency recognized by the U.S Department of Education; 2) After 250 hours of education, CAMTC may accept distance learning or online hours if the school has been approved to teach distance learning by one of the agencies listed in Business and Professions Code section 4600 (A) or is an NCBTMB approved provider for distance learning. Effective December 5, 2013, CAMTC will not accept distance learning or online hours for the first 500 hours of education with the following exceptions: 1) for CAMTC certificate holders that are currently CMPs who are upgrading to CMTs, CAMTC will accept online or distance learning classes that are completed on or before April 6, 2014; 2) for CAMTC certificate holders that are currently CCMPs, CAMTC will accept online or distance learning classes that are completed on or before April 6, 2014 which are also completed and reported to CAMTC before the CCMP certificate expires
  • If you have already submitted an application, check the status of your application here. NOTE: You will receive your ID and password via email within 10 business days from the date that CAMTC receives your application and payment.
  • If you are a certificate holder or applicant who needs to update your home, work, or primary email address, or add an additional work location, please click here.
  • Certificate holders are required by law to include the name under which he or she is certified and their certificate number in any and all advertising, including but not limited to business cards and websites, and they must display an original certificate at each place they work and be in possession of their original CAMTC ID card when at work. Click here if you would like to request additional original certificates for this purpose.
  • CAMTC Certification Seals are now available exclusively to CAMTC certificate holders for consumers to easily identify you as a credible CAMTC certified massage professional. The Seal can be added to any form of advertising, in addition to (not as a replacement to) your required name and certificate number. Once you read and agree to the terms, you can start using the CAMTC Certification Seal immediately. Click here and enter your username and password to get started.
  • To learn more about Career Opportunities Mailings or to opt out of these mailings only, please click here.
  • We welcome your feedback regarding the application process, and encourage you to send your comments to CAMTC's Operations Manager, Sheryl LaFlamme, at slaflamme@amgroup.us.


 

UN-APPROVED MASSAGE SCHOOLS

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS:

For applicants who have completed education at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts on or before December 31, 2012, CAMTC will accept that education for purposes of CAMTC certification. Please note that CAMTC cannot accept education completed at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts during the time it was not BPPE approved, which is on or after January 1, 2013.

 

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS:

CAMTC will not accept transcripts from schools that are not approved by BPPE or by another agency or institution listed in Business and Professions Code section 4601(a). The following schools fail to meet the definition of a CAMTC approved school as set forth in Business and Professions Code section 4601(a)(1)-(5):

  1. Manhattan College (a.k.a. Westlake College)
  2. Andrew University
  3. American States College
  4. American States University
  5. Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts for education received on or after January 1, 2013
  6. East West Massage School, LLC (SC)
  7. International Institute of Cosmetics School

 

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS:

CAMTC will consider the following massage schools as not meeting the definition of an "approved school" in CAMTC's enabling law. Other schools may be added to this list from time to time so please continue to check this website before submitting a transcript. Applicants whose applications are received before the effective date listed here, and which include education from the following schools remain eligible to provide additional proof of their education. Applications received on or after the effective un-approval date listed below will not be able to use education from an un-approved school to meet the educational requirements for certification.

Effective September 30, 2015 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. California Trinity University

Effective September 21, 2015 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. Advanced Pro Nursing Institute
  2. BodyConcepts Wellness Institute
  3. Empire Institute of Massage Therapy
  4. Georgia Massage & Holistic Institute
  5. Majestic Vocational Training Center
  6. Xincon America School

Effective July 9, 2015 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. L.A. Vocational Institute

Effective June 23, 2015 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. Glamour Beauty College

Effective April 14, 2015 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. Mir Institute School of Massage and Pain Management Therapy

Effective December 23, 2014 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. Oak English College (a.k.a. Royal Healing Academy)

Effective October 1, 2014 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. Napa Valley School of Massage

Effective August 9, 2013 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. First Choice International Medical Academy

Effective July 16, 2013 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. Academy of Health & Beauty
  2. American University of Healing Arts
  3. American Training School for Medical Professionals
  4. ASM Beauty World Academy
  5. Georgia Academy of Massage
  6. New Wave Myotherapy
  7. QH Beauty School
  8. Tokyo Beauty and Massage School
  9. Uniquely Yours Therapeutic Massage School

Effective February 21, 2013

  1. Massage Technical Center

Effective February 21, 2013

  1. School of Traditional Medical Thai Massage

Effective September 24, 2012 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. Professional School of Massage (Transcripts received with graduation date after 10/30/2011)

Effective August 2, 2012 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. Han's Academy of Massage (a.k.a Han's Career College)
  2. Northern California Vocational College (a.k.a. California Vocational Cosmetology College)

Effective May 21, 2012 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. American Heritage University of Southern California
  2. America's Institute of Traditional Medicine (a.k.a. Queenston College of America, a.k.a. Queenston University of America, a.k.a. California College of Health Sciences)
  3. American Purlinton Institute
  4. Andrew Health Institute
  5. Cal Lion Institute
  6. California Professional College (a.k.a. Los Angeles Health Institute)
  7. California Union University
  8. Diamond Beauty College
  9. Dynasty School (a.k.a. Dynasty Institute)
  10. East-West Institute of Hand Therapy
  11. Golden Acupressure Therapeutic Massage College
  12. Milpitas Electrolysis College
  13. Min Jian Healing Institute (a.k.a Perfect Day Spa)
  14. National Institute Of Massage Therapy (NIMT)
  15. Oriental Medicine Institute of America (Oriental Medical Institute in America)
  16. Royal Irvin College
  17. San Francisco College of Alternative Therapies
  18. School of Healing Touch
  19. Select Therapy Institute
  20. United States Alternative College (a.k.a. Golden Acupressure Therapeutic Massage College)
  21. USA Pain Care College
  22. US Acupressure & Shiatsu School

Effective May 10, 2012 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. Acupuncture and Massage Institute of America
  2. College of Physical Arts and Cosmetology
  3. Sunflower Advanced Beauty Institute
  4. Tammy Beauty Academy

Effective February 1, 2012 (90 days from posting this announcement)

  1. American International Vocational College
  2. Hahm Therapeutic Massage Institute
  3. Linda Beauty School
  4. San Diego Beauty College
  5. Sunset College of Healing Arts
  6. UBC - South El Monte
  7. Yunique Wellness Center

Applicants who submit transcripts from un-approved schools will be told that their application is incomplete and that they will have up to one year in which to submit a transcript from a school which is approved. If an acceptable transcript is not submitted within one year, the incomplete application will be purged and the applicant will have to start over if he/she chooses to apply again after that date.

 

Notice to applicants: Transcripts from out-of-state schools will not be accepted if that out-of-state school is not approved by the corresponding agency in that school's state. Applicants will not have the opportunity to prove education from such an out-of-state transcript.

 

INADEQUATE EDUCATION MASSAGE SCHOOLS

Applicants with education from certain California schools are required to provide more than just a transcript and diploma as proof of education. If you attended and/or graduated from one of the following schools, please plan to provide additional evidence of your education beyond just the diploma and transcript.

  1. Americana College
  2. East West Institute in America
  3. International Qi Gong Research Association
  4. J.H.J. Education College
  5. Orange Valley College
  6. St. Luke University
  7. West Pacific Institute of Body Therapy

Updated October 8, 2012

The above list applies to all locations for these schools.

CAMTC will consider any documents, letters, receipts, statements, etc. which might provide evidence of your education. NOTE: MATERIAL SUBMITTED TO PROVE EDUCATION WILL NOT BE RETURNED. PLEASE SUBMIT CLEAN, LEGIBLE COPIES AND RETAIN YOUR ORIGINALS. There are no absolutes regarding what will qualify as sufficient additional evidence of adequate education, but the following is a sample list of the types of evidence that might be helpful to our evaluation:

  • Massage licenses held in other states
  • National certification
  • Licenses held (or previously held) in related fields
  • Proof of participation in school volunteer events
  • Transcripts showing education from other institution
  • Notes or exams from the massage classes attended
  • Test results from massage exams or tests (local or national)
  • Transcripts from other related types of professional education
  • Documentation of continuing education in massage (additional seminars, courses)
  • Copies of tax returns proving employment as a massage professional
  • Proof of liability insurance and/or massage association membership
  • Letters of recommendation from employer or customer (must include contact information)

The foregoing is not meant to be an exhaustive list of the types of evidence CAMTC might accept as proof of adequate education, nor does it mean we always accept the above types of evidence, but we hope it gives applicants some idea about the types of items we consider. Applicants should provide as many items of additional evidence as they have, not just one of the above.