The State of California does not license the massage profession.
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.
How many hours do you need to be a massage therapist in California?
The other level of certification is the Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). CMTs in California take 500 hours of massage education and training and at least 250 of those hours must be at an approved California massage therapy school. The other 250 hours may be through a school or through a continuing education provider.
How do I get my massage license?
Enroll in a massage therapy program that will meet your state’s licensing criteria and obtain the minimum number of hours of training required in your state. You may find training through a college, community college or vocational school. Take and pass the required exam upon completion of your massage therapy training.
Do massage therapists have to be licensed in California?
California massage therapists are certified by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). Some California massage therapists work under local licenses or permits. The CMT is not a state mandate.
How much does massage license cost?
The cost of massage therapy school ranges between $6 to $17 per hour of education, with the average cost* around $9 to $10 per hour. This means if your state has no—or minimal—requirements, you can choose to take a shorter program, which will cost you less in massage therapy tuition.
Do you need a license to practice cupping in California?
The California Business and Professions Code section 4606 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. California does not require a state license for Reflexologists.
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