California Massage Requirements

California massage requirements establish the educational and examination requirements for individuals to become a massage therapist in the state.  In California individuals who practice massage therapy are considered California Certified Massage Therapists.  The following information is offered as an assistance to those considering a career as a massage therapist.  The information should be verified by consulting the California Regulatory Board and California Massage Therapy Council. 




California Massage Requirements

 California Regulatory Board

California Massage Therapy Council
One Capitol Mall, Suite 320
Sacramento, CA 95814


Phone  (916) 669-5336
FAX     (916) 444-7462

To see California Sate Laws & Rules go to:

California Regulatory Board


California Massage Schools

Fees:

Application $150.00 + fingerprinting cost
Renewal $150.00

Education requirements:

Massage Practitioner  250 hours
Massage Therapist      500 hours


Exam:


No Current Exam Requirements To Be Announced

CEU requirements:

None

 

Page last Updated June 16, 2015

National Certification will no longer be offered as of December 31, 2016.  Those who are Nationally Certified will need to upgrade their Certification to Board Certified. Please go to NCBTMB.org for further information on Board Certification. 


California Massage Therapy Council
Business And Professions Code Section 4600-4620
Chapter Definitions Reference Resource for California Massage Requirements 

California Massage Requirements Definitions Excerpt

4600. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the

following meanings:

(a) "Approved school" or "approved massage school" means a school

approved by the council that meets minimum standards for training and

curriculum in massage and related subjects and that meets any of the

following requirements:

(1) Is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

(2) Is approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs.

(3) Is an institution accredited by the Accrediting Commission for

Senior Colleges and Universities or the Accrediting Commission for

Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools

and Colleges and that is one of the following:

(A) A public institution.

(B) An institution incorporated and lawfully operating as a

nonprofit public benefit corporation pursuant to Part 2 (commencing

with Section 5110) of Division 2 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code,

and that is not managed by any entity for profit.

(C) A for-profit institution.

(D) An institution that does not meet all of the criteria in

subparagraph (B) that is incorporated and lawfully operating as a

nonprofit public benefit corporation pursuant to Part 2 (commencing

with Section 5110) of Division 2 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code,

that has been in continuous operation since April 15, 1997, and that

is not managed by any entity for profit.

(4) Is a college or university of the state higher education

system, as defined in Section 100850 of the Education Code.

(5) Is a school of equal or greater training that is recognized by

the corresponding agency in another state or accredited by an agency

recognized by the United States Department of Education.

(b) "Compensation" means the payment, loan, advance, donation,

contribution, deposit, or gift of money or anything of value.

(c) "Massage therapist," "bodyworker," "bodywork therapist," or

"massage and bodywork therapist" means a person who is certified by

the California Massage Therapy Council under subdivision (c) of

Section 4601 and who administers massage for compensation.

(d) "Massage practitioner," "bodywork practitioner," or "massage

and bodywork practitioner" means a person who is certified by the

California Massage Therapy Council under subdivision (b) of Section

4601 and who administers massage for compensation.

(e) "Council" means the California Massage Therapy Council created

pursuant to this chapter, which shall be a nonprofit organization

exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the

United States Code. The council may commence activities as authorized

by this section once it has submitted a request to the Internal

Revenue Service seeking this exemption. Whenever the term

"organization" is used in this chapter, it shall mean the council,

except where the context indicates otherwise.

(f) "Registered school" means a school approved by the council

CA Codes (bpc:4600-4620) 1/3/13 3:42 AM

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that meets minimum standards for training and curriculum in massage

and related subjects and that either is approved by the Bureau for

Private Postsecondary Education or the Department of Consumer

Affairs, or is an institution accredited by the senior commission or

the junior commission of the Western Association of Schools and

Colleges as defined in paragraph (3) of subdivision (a), is a college

or university of the state higher education system as defined in

Section 100850 of the Education Code, or is a school of equal or

greater training that is approved by the corresponding agency in

another state.

(g) For purposes of this chapter, the terms "massage" and

"bodywork" shall have the same meaning.

(h) "Operator of a massage business" means a person, whether owner

or nonowner, who manages or operates a massage business.


Resources and References for California Massage Requirements

https://www.camtc.org/FormDownloads/ca_bp_code_4600_4620.pdf


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