California Massage Therapy Council
One Capitol Mall, Suite 320
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-669-5336
Fax: 916-669-5337

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Voluntary Certification
Title: Certified Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours, and MBLEx or NCBTMB
Renewal: no CEU requirement/2 years

Regulation Type: 
State Certification

California Assembly Bill 1822 Update

AB 1822, sponsored by Assemblyman Swanson, passed out of the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection on April 20, 2010, with a vote of 8 for and 3 against. This was the first of several committee hearings the bill will have to pass in order to become law. The bill has been assigned to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Bill Would Circumvent CAMTC Authority and Return Licensing Ability to Local Municipalities

In 2008, an important first step toward statewide regulation was taken when California passed a voluntary certification credential for massage therapists. Once obtained, it exempts massage therapists from having to become licensed in every city in which they work. This credential is potentially now in jeopardy.

California Regulatory Update

Les Sweeney, NCTM President, ABMP The blogosphere has heated up lately regarding implementation of statewide massage regulations in California—we think that’s healthy. The massage community needs to be engaged in offering its opinions. It took six years to get a bill passed; how the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) implements the law is just as important.

California to Resume Oversight of Private Postsecondary Schools

The Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Reform Act became inoperative on June 30, 2007 and was repealed on January 1, 2008. There has been no regulatory body with oversight of private postsecondary schools since then. In response, on October 11, 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 48 into law. The law establishes the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) within the Department of Consumer Affairs. It will likely take several months for the new bureau to get up and running, however, California will again have oversight of private postsecondary schools.


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