Requirements for CAMTC Certification

The California Massage Therapy Council issues voluntary certifications to massage professionals that meet the requirements in the law. CAMTC Certification is voluntary, and CAMTC Certification is not required by State law in order for a massage professional to practice their profession in the State of California. However, some cities and counties locally require CAMTC Certification for massage professionals. To find out if your city or county requires CAMTC Certification, please contact the city or county in which you wish to practice. Local permits may be needed for each city or county where you practice unless you are CAMTC Certified. If you are in an unincorporated area, please check with the county.

Massage professionals may find CAMTC Certification useful as it allows certified individuals to practice their profession in all cities and counties in the State without the need to get a local permit to provide massage for compensation.

California Business and Professions Code section 4611 makes it an unfair business practice for anyone not certified by CAMTC to use the titles: Licensed, Certified, Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Massage Practitioner, CMT, or CMP.

In order to obtain CAMTC Certification, an applicant must submit a fully completed application and meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Pay the $200 fee;
  • Submit fingerprints to an authorized agency in California for a Live Scan using only the CAMTC form at Request for Live Scan Service (the authorized agencies will charge you a fee for this service) and pass a criminal background check;
  • Have successfully completed, at a CAMTC Approved Program, curricula in massage and related subjects totaling a minimum of 500 hours (or the credit unit equivalent), which incorporates appropriate school assessment of student knowledge and skills. Of the 500 hours, a minimum of 100 hours shall be in anatomy and physiology, contraindications, health and hygiene, and business and ethics; and
  • Have not violated any of the provisions of the California Massage Therapy Act or any policy, procedure, or regulation of CAMTC.

CAMTC Recertification

CAMTC Certification is for a two year time period. Certificate holders must therefore apply for CAMTC Recertification every two years. Certificate holders must apply for CAMTC Recertification within six months of the date of the expiration of their certificate. If expired certificate holders fail to apply for CAMTC Recertification within this time frame then they must re-apply as a new applicant. This means that they must meet all requirements for CAMTC Certification existing at the time of re-application, including education and exam requirements.

There are no continuing education requirements for CAMTC certificate holders.

For additional information see http://www.camtc.org/faqs/ and scroll down to click on the icon, then click Massage Professionals more information.

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 certification; and

4)  The individual application for CAMTC CMT Certification is received in the CAMTC office on or before December 31, 2018. 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).

Out-of-State Education

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.

Notice: Please note that this is only a summary of general requirements and not a complete listing. Please refer to the CAMTC Application for Certification, California Business and Professions Code section 4600 et.seq., School Approval Procedures, Denial Procedures, and all other CAMTC policies and procedures for additional information on these issues.

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