What do I need to work as a Massage Therapist in California?

If your city requires more hours than the Massage Therapy Fundamentals class to issue you a business license, the most you will need to comply with your city ordinance and apply to your city or apply for certification as a massage therapist is 500 hours of training plus MBLEX exam. You will then apply to the California Massage Therapy Council (camtc.org). Once you are approved, you will take your CAMTC certificate to your city hall and they will issue your business license. You can now begin working using the term Certified Massage Therapist.


Where do I Start?

A good place to start is with our Massage Therapy Fundamentals class or with any Anatomy class or with any elective class that has no prerequisite class required. For example you could start with a Cranial Sacral Therapy class or an Acupressure class or a Reiki class. There are several options for starting your 500 hour program each month. In the fundamentals class, you will learn the basic foundation work as needed for a professional massage practice.

Upcoming Massage Therapy Fundamentals classes

When you are ready to register:

  1. Print Application for Admission and mail to MTI, PO Box 518, Davis, Ca 95617 along with a photo copy of your high school diploma or other proof of education, photocopy of government and current photographic ID plus your application fee.
  2. OR

  3. If you would like to see the school, schedule a time to meet with the Director by calling 530-753-4428 or email julie@mtidavis.com.

Once we have reviewed and accepted your application we will mail a receipt for money paid and instructions on what to bring to class, parking, etc.

To work as a massage therapist in California you need to have training at an approved school (MTI is approved), and have a business license from the city (or county) you wish to work in. If your city has no massage ordinance (check with the business license dept. of your city hall), you may apply for your business license after you graduate from our Massage Therapy Fundamentals class. You can now work using the term Massage Therapist.



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