Requirements for Certification
The California Massage Therapy Council issues voluntary certifications to massage professionals that meet the requirements in the law. 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. However, some cities and counties locally require CAMTC certification for massage professionals. To find out if your city or county requires 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 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:
Certification is for a two year time period. Certificate holders must therefore apply for recertification every two years. The current fee for recertification is the same as certification. Certificate holders must apply for recertification within six months of the date of the expiration of their certificate. If expired certificate holders fail to apply for recertification within this time frame then they must re-apply as a new applicant. This means that they must meet all requirements for 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 to the Massage Professionals 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).
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.
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.