MASSAGE SCHOOL RESOURCES

The California Massage Therapy Council ("CAMTC") was created to implement a statewide certification process with clear standards of preparation and education.

  • AB1147, the bill to continue CAMTC, has been signed by the Governor and will become law, effective January 1, 2015. AB 1147 changes the educational requirements for certification. Applications for certification as Certified Massage Practitioner ("CMP") will not be accepted on or after January 1, 2015. As of January 1, 2015, applicants for certification as a Certified Massage Therapist ("CMT") must have 500 hours of education from approved schools and have passed a CAMTC approved exam.

CAMTC has two certification levels for massage professionals:

  • 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 or distance learning. Of those 500 hours, a minimum of 100 of those hours must be in anatomy and physiology, contraindications, health and hygiene, and business and ethics.
  • Passage of a CAMTC approved exam. CAMTC has approved the following exams:
    • The Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) - offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) if taken at any time;
    • The Board Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB)- offered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) if taken at any time; and
    • The following other exams offered by NCBTMB if taken on or before February 1, 2015: The NCETMB, or the NCETM.
  • Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP)-No new certificates for CMPs will be issued for applicants who apply in 2015, however those who are already CMPs and continue to meet the requirements for certification may maintain their CMP certification.
    • Conditional Certified Massage Practitioner (CCMP) - Those certified as a Conditional Certified Massage Practitioner can maintain this certification and continue to work towards certification as a CMP as long as they continue to take and report a minimum of 30 hours of education from approved schools or continuing education providers every year until they complete a total of 250 hours of education.

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.

In addition to being approved by CAMTC, 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 4601(a).

While CAMTC does not accredit schools, it does approve massage schools. CAMTC also has the responsibility to determine that the training and curricula massage schools provide meets the legal requirements for applicants to obtain certification, including but not limited to minimum standards for training and curriculum and general education guidelines.

Click here to learn more about CAMTC Policies and Procedures for Approval of Massage Schools

You can also 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.

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 schools 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

Until September 15, 2015, 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)
  • The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges

On September 15, 2015 a new Board of Directors will be seated. Two seats will be available for appointments representing massage educators. One will be for the California Association of Private-Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) and one for The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.

You are always welcome at Board meetings or to contact the Board with feedback and suggestions. A schedule of Board meetings can be found on our website. As educators, the future of massage therapy is in your hands.

 

 

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 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

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
  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.