California Massage Therapist Licensing

• 23 June 2021

California Licensing Overview for a Massage Therapist

Licensing for a massage therapist in California is controlled by the California Massage Therapy Council.

General Guidelines for a Massage Therapist in California

Specific requirements to perform massage therapist services can generally be used as a guideline, but make sure to check with your local governing rules and regulations.

Who’s allowed to perform these services?

Massage therapist

General requirements for a massage therapist license?

• At least 18 years old
• 250 hours training for massage practitioner
• 500 hours training for massage therapist
• Exam not required

What’s the state licensing site for a massage therapist?

California Massage Therapy Council

What are some training programs available for a massage therapist?

See training programs

How long is a license good for and when do I need to renew?

Renews every two years

What are fees associated with licensing?


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