California Massage Therapy Certification and Exam Requirements

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California Massage Therapy Council CAMTC - State board of certification website.

Account Log in- All Licensed Therapist must register with CAMTC

Notice to CAMTC Applicants

Application Requirements - Look this information (4604) over before applying.

Reciprocity (4604-6)- Moving to CA with a Valid License from another state in the U.S. or Canadian province.

License Renewal (4605)- Renew online -CMP 30 CE Credits/ year - 2017 CMT 0 CE's / 2 years - Coming Soon.

California Massage Schools - A state list of current massage schools in California

School must be recognized and listed by CAMTC

Certified Massage Practitioner:


NEW applicants must meet the requirements set by the Massage Therapist (CMT) options.**

Certified Massage Therapist: (4604)

1. 500 or more education Hrs from an approved school.

2. CAMTC will no longer accept distance learning or online hours for the first 500 hours of education as of December 5th, 2013.

3. A passing score on the MBLEx

4. Hold a current license or certification from a U.S. state or Canadian province with greater or equal requirements to CA. (Policies pending regarding massage education in other countries.)

5. Remember that a local county or city business license may be required if you are not a W-2 employee. No Local Massage Permits Required, just the State Certification.

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Web Information
Education Requirements CMT= 500+ Hours
Title Certified Massage Therapist CMT
Type of Credential Certificate
State Practical or Written Exam STATE-Wide Written Exam MBLEx
Approved CAMTC Exam's


CEU's 30 CE Hrs / year - Requirements (4604.2)
Initial Cost of License $150.00 Application and 1st year renewal
Require City License Check Local City & County Business Regulations
Renewal Fee $150/2 years
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Credentialed Massage Practitioners 35,000

California Massage Therapy Council
One Capitol Mall, # 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-669-5336- 9am-5pm PST /M-F
916-669-5337 (fax)


Massage Schools in California


***If you wish to apply for a State licence, please be aware of education restrictions released by the CAMTC.***


BPPE Approval

Alhambra Medical University

25 South Raymond Ave. #300

Alhambra, CA 91801


Alhambra 626.289.7719

Feldenkrais Professional Training Program

830 Bancroft Way, #112

Berkeley, CA 94710

Berkeley 800.765.1907

Rosen Method

825 Bancroft Way

Berkeley, CA 94710


Berkeley 510.845.8114

American University of Complementary Medicine

415 North Camden Dr.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Beverly Hills 310.550.7445

Esalen Institute

55000 Highway 1

Big Sur, CA 93920


Big Sur 831.667.3000

California Healing Arts College

500 E. Carson Plaza Drive

Carson, CA 90746

Carson 844.422.2733
Mayfield College
35-325 Date Palm Drive, Suite 101
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Cathedral 877.248.7302

Fremont College

18000 Studebaker Rd #900A

Cerritos, CA 90703

Cerritos 877.344.2345

Chico Therapy Wellness Center

3029 Esplanade #11

Chico, CA 95973


Chico 530.891.4301

Paris Beauty College

1655 Willow Pass Rd.

Concord, CA 94520


Concord 925.685.7600

Alive & Well Institute of Conscious Bodywork

150 Nellen Ave.

Corte Madera, CA 94925


Corte Madera 415.945.9945

Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB)

5817 Uplander Way

Culver City, CA 90230

Culver City 310.342.7130

De Anza College

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.

Cupertino, CA 95014

Cupertino 408.864.5678

Massage Therapy Institute

1920 E 8th St

Davis, CA 95616


Davis 530.753.4428

Emeryville Massage Therapy School

5900 Hollis St. #Q

Emeryville, CA 94608


Emeryville 510.547.6442

SENSE Method

Encinitas, CA 92023


Encinitas 858.842.4006

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health

125 W. Mission Ave. #212

Escondido, CA


Escondido 760.746.9364

Fair Oaks Massage Institute

9833 Fair Oaks Blvd. #C-1

Fair Oaks, CA 95628


Fair Oaks 916.965.4063

Loving Hands Institute

639 11th St.

Fortuna, CA 95540


Fortuna 707.725.9627

Fullerton College

321 E. Chapman Ave.

Fullerton, CA 92832

Fullerton 714.992.7000

Concorde Career College

12951 Euclid St. #101

Garden Grove, CA 92840

Garden Grove 714.703.1900

CalCopa Massage School

18582 Beach Blvd. #11

Huntington Beach, CA 92648


Huntington Beach 800.844.7744

Hendrickson Method Institute

388 Colusa Ave.

Kensington, CA 94707


Kensington 510.524.8256

Healing Hands School of Holistice Health

23022 La Cadena #204

Laguna Hills, CA


Check for Approval Laguna Hills 800.355.6463

Bryan College

3580 Wilshire Blvd. #400

Los Angeles, CA 90010

Los Angeles 877.484.8850

LA Vocational Institute

3540 Wilshire Blvd. #410

Los Angeles, CA 90010


Los Angeles 213.480.4882
South Bay Massage College
120-B South Sepulveda Blvd,
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Check for Approval Manhattan Beach 310.546.8774

Central Valley Massage Institute

792 Loughborough Dr.

Merced, CA 95348

Merced 209.384.2164

School of Shiatsu & Massage

Harbin Hot Springs

PO Box 889

Middletown, CA 95461

Middletown 707.987.3801

Abrams College

201 East Rumble Rd.

Modesto, CA 95350

Modesto 209.527.7777

Napa Valley School of Massage

1131 Trancas St.

Napa, CA 94558


Napa 707.253.0627

Concorde Career College

12412 Victory Blvd.

North Hollywood, CA 91606

North Hollywood 818.766.8151

Kingston University

12100 Imperial Hwy

Norwalk, CA 90650


Norwalk 888.868.6389

Holistic Life Institute School of Massage and Natural Health

730 East F St. #G

Oakdale, CA 95361


Oakdale 209.848.8382

Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences (ACCHS)

1601 Clay St.

Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland 510.763.7787

The Breema Center

6076 Claremont Ave.

Oakland, CA 94618




Ojai School of Massage

619 West El Roblar Dr.

Ojai, CA 93023


Ojai 805.640.9798

School of Holistic Touch

3700 Inland Empire Blvd. #125

Ontario, CA 91764


Ontario 909.989.8200

CNI College

702 Town & Country Road

Orange, CA 92868

Orange 714.437.9697

North-West College

530 East Union St.

Pasadena, CA 91101


Pasadena 800.639.2273

National Holistic Institute

1347 Redwood Way

Petaluma, CA 94954


Petaluma 707.789.9235

Somatherapy Institute School of Massage

70-225 Hwy 111, Suite B&C

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


Rancho Mirage 760.321.9214

Mendocino School of Holistic Massage & Advanced Healing Arts

2680 Road B

Redwood Valley, CA 95470


Redwood Valley 707.485.0619

A2Z Health Massage School

7620 Lindley Ave.

Reseda, CA 91335

Reseda 888.303.3131

Southern California Health Institute

18040 Sherman Way #400

Reseda, CA 91335

Email: info@sochi



Concorde Career College

201 E Airport Dr. #A

San Bernardino, CA 92408

San Bernardino 909.884.8891

Concorde Career College

4393 Imperial Ave. #100

San Diego, CA 92113

San Diego 619.688.0800

One Thousand Cranes Massage Therapy

4540 Kearny Villa Rd #102. #130

San Diego, CA 92123

San Diego 858.490.1154

Mueller College

123 Camino de la Reina #100

San Diego, CA 92108


San Diego 619.291.9811

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

7445 Mission Valley Rd. #105

San Diego, CA 92108

San Diego 619.574.6909

School of Healing Arts

1001 Garnet Ave. #200

San Diego, CA 92109


San Diego 858.581.9460

American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM)

455 Arkansas St.

San Francisco, CA 94107


San Francisco 415.282.7600

Care Through Touch Institute

240 Golden Gate Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94102

San Francisco 415.345.9265

National Holistic Institute

1665 Market St.

San Francisco, Ca 94103


San Francisco 415.861.2045

San Francisco School of Massage

1325 Chestnut St.

San Francisco, CA 94123


San Francisco 415.474.4600

World School

401 32nd Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94121

San Francisco 415.221.2533

Five Branches Institute

3031 Tisch Way #507

San Jose, CA 95128


San Jose 408.260.0208

National Holistic Institute

3031 Tisch Way, #1 Plaza South

San Jose, CA 95128


San Jose 408.423.8004

California Holistic Institute

11555 Los Osos Valley Rd.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

San Luis Obispo 805.461.4808

American Institute of Massage Therapy

1570 East Warner Ave. #200

Santa Ana, CA 92705


Santa Ana 714.432.7879

Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute

516 N. Quarantina St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Santa Barbara 805.966.5802

Five Branches Institute

200 7th Ave.

Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Santa Cruz 831.476.9424

Advanced College

13180 Paramount Blvd.

South Gate, CA 90280


Check for Approval South Gate 562.408.0471

University of East-West Medicine

970 West El Camino Real

Sunnyvale, CA 94087


Sunnyvale 408.733.1878

A2Z Health Massage School

2955 Moorpark Rd.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Thousand Oaks 888.303.3131

Hands On Healing Institute

6708 Foothill Blvd. Tower 2

Tujunga, CA 91042

Tujunga 818.951.5811

Blake Austin College
Main Campus: Beauty Academy
611-K Orange Drive

1679 E. Monte Vista, Suite 200
Vacaville, CA 95687 Vacaville, CA 95688

Check for Approval Vacaville 707.455.0557 707.448.3100

Kali Institute

746 E Main St.

Ventura, CA 93001


Ventura 805.648.6204

Milan Institute

3356 South Fairway

Visalia, CA 93277

Visalia 559.733.4040

North-West College

2101 West Garvey Ave. North

West Covina, CA 91790


West Covina 800.639.2273

Makoto Kai Healing Arts

443 First St.

Woodland, CA 95695



California Continuing Education

30 CE CMP Annually - 2017 Certificate Renewals 0 CE Credits Biennially (4605) Coming Soon

Requirements & Limitations
List of Choices
Renew on State Approval Anniversary Date- Finger Print Background check required every renewal
ABMP- Biennially
Not Limited
CE Catalog
AMTA- Quadrennially
Not Limited
CE Catalog
NCBTMB- Biennially
Not Limited
CE Catalog
Increase Professional Knowledge and Skills to ensure effective and safe Massage Therapy Practices by taking advantage of the benefits Continuing Education offers
Check your Massage Association or City/County Professional/Business Laws to meet Continuing Education requirements
Direct Contact (Live) California Board Approved
Not Limited
Professional Ethics, Boundaries, or Communication
Not Limited
Ethics Bench

Body Mechanics & Self-Care

Not Limited
Self-Care Guru
Business Practices
Not Limited
Business Mastery
Adult CPR/ First Aid Instructor-Led
Direct Contact (Live) or Online
Basic Training
Kinesiology, Anatomy, & Physiology of Human Body
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Cultural Competency & Specialized Training
Not Limited
Special Population Techniques
Pathology of the Human Body
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Self-Study: Books, DVD's, Research Materials, Related Publications, & Publishing an Article
Not Limited
Research Community
Somatic Education
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Teacher Training  
Not Limited
Instructor Headquarters
Lecture or Teaching a CE Class
Not Limited
Active Service on CA Massage Related Board, Task Force, Committee, or Attending Meetings
1 hour of CE for each Meeting/Day
Keep Record of Hours & Duties
*CE Providers Must be Board Approved
Excess Contact Hours taken will NOT carry over to the next renewal period
Keep Records of CE Hours
5 Years- Audit Selected at Random Annually

California Massage Therapy Council
One Capitol Mall, # 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-669-5336- 9am-5pm PST /M-F
916-669-5337 (fax)


*Board Approved Credentialing Organizations

  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
  • Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)