MASSAGE SCHOOL RESOURCES

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

  • Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)—Required to complete at least 500 hours of massage education and training at CAMTC approved massage therapy school(s), which shall not be online of distance learning.
    • A minimum of 250 hours shall be from approved schools, and the remaining 250 hours required may be secured either from approved schools or from continuing education providers.
    • Presently, CAMTC accepts continuing education from providers approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs or NCBTMB. CAMTC retains the right to review the legitimacy and relevance of continuing education courses.
    • After 500 hours of education in a CAMTC approved school, 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 the CA Business and Professions Code section 4600 (a) or is an NCBTMB approved provider for distance learning.
  • Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP)—Generally must complete at least 250 hours of education and training, which include 100-hours of core curriculum, at a CAMTC approved massage therapy school(s), which shall not be online or distance learning.

For massage therapy schools, California state-recognized certification makes it easy to prepare students for a successful career by:

  • Requiring only one certificate to work in the entire state of California;
  • Standardizing eligibility for all cities and counties;
  • Offering affordable fees for massage professionals; and
  • Further legitimizing the massage therapy profession.

CAMTC's brochures for students and school posters are now available online and printed. Click the links below for printable copies, or email camtc@amgroup.us to request printed tri-fold brochures and/or a poster.

Schools must either be nationally accredited, state approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), a California community college, or approved by another body listed in California Business and Professions Code Section 4600(a).

While CAMTC does not accredit schools, it does approve schools. CAMTC also has the responsibility to determine that the training and curricula schools provide meets the legal requirements for applicants to obtain certification, including but not limited to general education guidelines. CAMTC gathers information from law enforcement agencies, other state regulatory agencies and national certification organizations to help determine "approved" school status. You can go to CAMTC's "Procedures for Un-Approval of Schools" by clicking here.

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

In addition, schools are encouraged to educate their students about the law and how to get certified. A complete text of the state law that CAMTC is operating under is available here. When applying for certification, an applicant must request that official transcripts from his or her primary school be sent directly to CAMTC in a sealed envelope. Multiple transcripts may be sent in one envelope for more than one applicant. Promptness in fulfilling transcript requests will help ensure a smooth application process for your students.

Send transcripts to:
California Massage Therapy Council
One Capitol Mall, Suite 320
Sacramento, CA 95814

Massage therapy schools are represented on the California Massage Therapy Council by four organizations:

  • California Association of Private Post-Secondary Schools (CAPPS)
  • California Massage Schools Association (CAMSA)
  • Independent Massage School Association of California (IMSAC)
  • Career College Association

We encourage you to join one of these organizations so that you have a voice in the certification process. As educators, the future of massage therapy is in your hands.



 

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS AND SCHOOLS:

As of December 5, 2013, CAMTC will not accept online or distance learning hours for the first 500 hours of education.

 

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS:

CAMTC will not accept transcripts from schools that are not approved by BPPE or by another agency or institution referenced in B&P Section 4600.

  1. Manhattan College
  2. Andrew University
  3. American States College
  4. American States University

 

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 transcript. Applicants whose applications are received before the effective date listed here which include education from the following schools remain eligible to prove their education until the listed effective date.

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. 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, a.k.a Westlake College)
  2. Northern California Vocational 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
  3. American Purlinton Institute
  4. Andrew Health Institute
  5. Cal Lion Institute
  6. California Professional College
  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 Stated 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 non-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.

Applicants with education from certain CA schools are required to provide more than just a transcript 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 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, 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 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 may be asked to provide several items of additional evidence, not just one of the above.

CAMTC takes any such additional evidence into account when processing applications and before any decision regarding certification is made. Those applicants who have truly received an adequate education from a school on the list, or other adequate education, should be able to provide evidence (beyond just the transcript) of their education and may still receive certification, assuming there are no other reasons to deny.