Passage of a CAMTC approved exam is not currently required for CAMTC Certification. While the law previously imposed this requirement, the requirement to pass a CAMTC approved exam has been suspended through December 31, 2021. 

Important Reminder: Due to the COVID-19 health crisis and in compliance with health experts and authorities, CAMTC is conducting modified operations and is not currently sending or receiving physical mail or packages.  Please do not send mail to CAMTC – it will not be processed timely. If you have mailed any documents to CAMTC, we recommend that you resubmit those documents by email as described below. Until further notice, any documents that you would like CAMTC to receive and review must be submitted electronically. Please submit them by email to the following address:

All payments must be made by credit or debit card – we will not be accepting checks, cashier’s checks or money orders until further notice.

If you request additional original CAMTC Certificates and CAMTC ID cards, CAMTC will process those requests after normal operations have resumed. We are not processing these requests at this time.

For the best application processing experience, we recommend that all applications for CAMTC Certification and CAMTC Recertification be submitted online. If you cannot apply online and need to submit an application that you filled out, please send a scan or photo of all pages in sequential order to Other documents may be sent to the same email address unless CAMTC has directed you otherwise. If a Certification Support Specialist has contacted you and requested supporting documents or information, you may reply directly to their email. CAMTC Applications submitted by email will take more time to process.


Click here to download this brochure in English.

Click here to download this brochure in Chinese.


First Time Applicants: Click register the first time using our new website to complete an online Application for CAMTC Certification. After you register, you will be sent a temporary password to set up an account with CAMTC.

Returning Applicants: If you have already submitted an Application for CAMTC Certification and the Application is currently in process, click register in order to access your account.

Once your account is set-up, or if you've already registered and received a password, you can login to complete your Application for CAMTC Certification using our online process.

Please Note: Applicant account information is currently under construction. All registered applicants will receive an email notification once the system is fully functional and applicants can view their status. In the meantime, please contact our customer service department for a status update at or call (916) 669-5336.

Payment by Credit Card: Online Applications can only be paid by credit card. To pay by check, you must apply with a paper Application.

Payment by Other Methods: Paper Applications can be paid by credit card, check, cashier's check or money order. (Note that CAMTC does not accept temporary checks.)

Download Paper Application: Both in English and Chinese, the 2020 Application for CAMTC Certification with Instructions are linked below and can be printed here:

English:  2020 CAMTC Application for Certification in English

Chinese: 2020 CAMTC Application for Certification in Chinese


If you would like anyone to be able to receive information regarding your application or status, please print the appropriate form linked below and complete it in English: 

English:     Representative Authorization Form

Chinese:    加州按摩治疗委员会 代表授权表

Have all requirements met before submitting your Application, including but not limited to:

  1. Live Scan using the form at Request for Live Scan Service.
  2. 500 hours of education from a CAMTC Approved Massage Program, including a minimum of 100 hours of core subjects: anatomy & physiology, contraindications, health & hygiene, and business & ethics.

Out-of-State Education

In order for CAMTC to accept massage education from an out-of-state school, it must meet the requirements in the Massage Therapy Act. Detailed info is at:

Education and training received outside of California must be, at a minimum, substantially equivalent to the requirements applied to California school programs. One important aspect of educational program equivalence is whether the educational institution attended has been approved by the national, regional, or state authority with responsibility for vocational program approvals. Such status can readily be ascertained by CAMTC for each of the 50 U.S. states, U.S. territories. 

Out-of-Country Education

CAMTC does not accept out-of-country education.

Please expect the application process to take approximately ninety (90) days for COMPLETE Applications that have no background or educational issues to be processed.

A complete Application includes a signed and dated Application on which complete, true, and accurate answers to all of the questions have been provided. Additionally, a complete Application includes payment in full, passport photo, copy of a non-expired government issued photo ID, original sealed transcripts sent directly from school(s) to CAMTC, and live scan fingerprinting results have been received.

A complete Application also includes explanations for any background questions where the applicant answered 'yes'. Applications with issues, including but not limited to those received from applicants with criminal convictions, civil or administrative citations or where local action has been taken against the applicant, complaints have been made in relation to an applicant's professional conduct, or those with education issues can take a significantly longer period of time.

CAMTC shall take into account all reliable evidence of rehabilitation furnished by the applicant or certificate holder. Go to the Criteria for Proving Rehabilitation for more information.

Please note: If you are submitting an Application online and have difficulty, email CAMTC at with your Name and Member ID#. 

You can check on the status of your application by contacting CAMTC at or (916) 669-5336. We appreciate your patience while some areas of our new website are under construction.

If your CAMTC Certificate and CAMTC ID Card have not reached you by 10 days of email notification that your Application has been approved, please contact CAMTC at or 916-669-5336.

Original CAMTC Certificates (not photocopies) are required by California State Law to be displayed at each workplace location. If you order extra CAMTC Certificates, they might be mailed separately and arrive later than your initial CAMTC Certificate and CAMTC ID Card.

Please make sure that you have updated your contact information as required by California State Law, including your phone number, primary email address, home address and each workplace address, within 30 days of any changes. This will help to ensure that you receive a reminder of your need to recertify.  

Closed School Policy

CAMTC will accept education for CAMTC Certification purposes from schools closed on or before June 30, 2016, with either no lawful custodian of records or a lawful custodian of records that is not a CAMTC Approved School as long as all of the following conditions are met:

1)  The education occurred at a time when the closed school was approved or accredited by at least one of the organizations listed in California Business and Professions Code section 4601;

2)  The closed school is or was not subject to any disciplinary actions or pending investigations by any approval or accrediting agencies, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA), government agencies, CAMTC or other massage or school related entities;

3)  The applicant for CAMTC Certification provides verifiable proof that the education received at the closed school meets minimum standards for training and curriculum and the statutory education requirements for CAMTC Certification; and

4)  The individual application for CAMTC CMT Certification is received in the CAMTC office on or before December 31, 2020. Applicants whose applications are received after this date may still use education from closed schools described in the Policies and Procedures for Approval of Schools section 3.A.a. for CAMTC Certification purposes as long as they either provide proof of current and continuous city and/or county permit(s) to provide massage for compensation, or they pass a CAMTC Education Hearing (oral telephonic hearing or consideration of a written statement).

If you experience any problems during registration or login, please contact CAMTC for assistance at or (916) 669-5336.