About us

The California Massage Therapy Council ("CAMTC") was created by the California Legislature through the enactment of Senate Bill 731 and re-authorized by Assembly Bill 1147 and again in 2016 by assembly bill 2194. CAMTC is a private nonprofit public benefit corporation. Its' volunteer Board of Directors is appointed by California cities, counties, law enforcement, massage schools, the Department of Consumer Affairs, professional massage associations and other stakeholders as authorized by law in California Business and Professions Code sections 4600 et. seq.

CAMTC is required by California Business and Professions Code section 4600 et. seq. to:

  1. Create and implement a voluntary certification program for the massage therapy profession that will enable consumers to easily identify credible Certified Massage Therapists (CMTs);
  2. Ensure that certified massage professionals have completed sufficient training at approved schools; and
  3. Approve massage schools. As of July 1, 2016, CAMTC only accepts education from massage school programs that have been CAMTC approved.

California Massage Therapy Council's mission is to protect the public by certifying massage professionals in California that meet the requirements in the law, and approving massage programs that meet the minimum standards for training and curriculum.

California Massage Therapy Council

One Capitol Mall, Suite 800

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

CAMTC does not accept walk-in or scheduled meetings with applicants and other interested parties.

 

CAMTC CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE

Dear Visitor,

Welcome and thank you for visiting our website. The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) is a private non-profit public benefit corporation. Through legislation, the State of California authorized CAMTC to provide voluntary certification that enables massage therapists to practice statewide. Our Mission is: To protect the public by certifying massage professionals in California that meet the requirements in the law, and approving massage programs that meet the minimum standards for training and curriculum.

CAMTC certified professionals are recognized throughout California for having met the state's educational requirements and for passing an extensive background check. Once approved, they are certified to practice massage therapy throughout the State of California without the need to obtain multiple massage permits.

CAMTC credentials create immediate rapport with allied health professionals and recognition by the public they serve.

Currently there are over 50,000 active CAMTC certificate holders. This has made hiring easier for employers and improved communication with local governments and the public they serve. We are committed to making the experience of all stakeholders a streamlined, positive collaboration resulting in greater public safety. Together we have a unique opportunity to benefit and protect the public in California!

To your health,

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Mark W. Dixon, CMT, BCTMB
CAMTC Chairman

 

 

Board of Directors

Mark Dixon, Chair
Mark Dixon was appointed by the American Massage Therapy Association, California Chapter, in 2010. Mr. Dixon is a Certified Massage Therapist with a private practice in Newport Beach.

Jeff Forman, Vice Chair
Jeff Forman, PhD. was appointed by the Chancellor's Office for the California Community College system. Dr. Forman recently retired as a full time Professor and Director of the Massage Therapy program at DeAnza College in Cupertino, where he developed the first Community College Massage Therapy degree and certificate programs in the state.

Michael Marylander, Treasurer
Michael Marylander was appointed by the CAMTC Board to represent a Massage Business Entity. Mr. Marylander owns The Massage Place, a chain of massage therapy clinics.

Allison Budlong, Secretary
Allison Budlong was appointed by the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools. Ms. Budlong is the Student and Alumni Services Manager at National Holistic Institute (NHI) "A College of Massage Therapy."

Ronald Bates, Board Member
Ronald Bates, Ph.D., was appointed to the Board by the League of California Cities. Dr. Bates is a Senior Advisor to the League and the International City/County Management Association. Dr Bates was a former City Manager in Buena Park, South Gate, Pico Rivera, La Habra Heights and Assistant City Manager Anaheim; and a former Mayor and Council Member in Los Alamitos.

Michael Callagy, Board Member
Michael Callagy was appointed by the CAMTC Board to provide knowledge and expertise on the massage industry.

Shana Faber, Board Member
Shana Faber is a Municipal Law Attorney and was appointed as a board member by the CAMTC Board of Directors in 2015. Ms. Faber has served as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Vacaville since 2002, and works closely with local law enforcement in closing down illicit massage parlors. Following the passage of the Massage Therapy Act in 2009, Ms. Faber drafted one of the first ordinances in the State of California that required massage therapists be certified by the CAMTC.

Heather Forshey, Board Member
Heather Forshey, MS, REHS was appointed by the San Mateo County Health System. The CAMTC Board had invited this public health department to appoint a member. Ms. Forshey serves the county as Director of Environmental Health and is directly responsible for permit and inspection oversight of massage establishments.

Minouche Kandel, Board Member
Minouche Kandel, Esq., was appointed by the Department of Consumer Affairs as a Public Member in 2016. Ms. Kandel serves as the Women's Policy Director for the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, where she staffs the Mayor's Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking and the San Francisco Family Violence Council..

Stephany Powell, Board Member
Stephany Powell, EdD., was appointed by Journey Out (formerly Mary Magdalene Project) an anti-Human Trafficking organization, which was selected by the CAMTC Board to fill this seat.

Chief Alejandro Diaz, Board Member

Al Diaz serves as Police Chief of Banning. He was appointed by the California Police Chiefs Association.

Dixie Wall, Board Member

Dixie Wall, LAc, was appointed by the American Massage Council. Ms. Wall is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Massage Therapist with a private practice in southern California.

 

CAMTC MEETINGS

Dates and locations are subject to change. Official meeting agendas are posted 10-days in advance of the meeting. Minutes are posted after approval at the following regular meeting.

 

 2017 MEETINGS OF THE CALIFORNIA MASSAGE THERAPY COUNCIL

 Meeting locations will be posted as soon as available

 

 March 8, 2017 12:45                              Agenda          Minutes

Schools Advisory Committee   

 Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront

 Burlingame

 

 March 9, 2017   8:00 am                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes     Audio

 Board of Directors  

 Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront

 Burlingame

       

 June 7, 2017 12:45 - 5 pm                      Agenda    Committee Packet  Minutes

 Schools Advisory Committee   

Hyatt Regency LAX 

 6225 West Century Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90045

   

 June 8, 2017   9:30 am                            Agenda   Board Packet  Minutes    Audio

 Board of Directors  

Hyatt Regency LAX 

 6225 West Century Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90045

  

 September 5, 2017, 2017 12 - 5 pm       Agenda   Committee Packet   Minutes

 Schools Advisory Committee   

 

 September 6, 2017                                  Agenda    Board Packet   Minutes     Audio

 September 7, 2017                                                                                             Audio

 Board of Directors

 

 November 1, 2017  1 - 5 pm                     Agenda   Committee Packet   Minutes     Audio

 Schools Advisory Committee  

 

 November 2, 2017   9 am                         Agenda   Board Packet   Minutes     Audio

 Board of Directors                              

 

2016 MEETINGS OF THE CALIFORNIA MASSAGE THERAPY COUNCIL

November 10, 2016                 Agenda    Board Packet    Minutes     Audio

Board of Directors             

Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront

Burlingame

 

September 28 & 29, 2016                Agenda    Board Packet    Minutes     Audio

Board of Directors

Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way

Marina del Ray

June 23, 2016                          Agenda    Board Packet    Minutes

Board of Directors

Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront

Burlingame

 

February 25, 2016                  Agenda    Board Packet       Minutes

Board of Directors

Sheraton Gateway

 

2015 MEETINGS OF THE CALIFORNIA MASSAGE THERAPY COUNCIL

December 3, 2015                  Agenda    Board Packet    Minutes

Board of Directors

Teleconference   

November 18, 2015               Agenda    Board Packet    Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                                 

Marriott San Francisco Airport Waterfront

San Francisco

September 15, 2015               Agenda    Board Packet    Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                                 

Sheraton Gateway Hotel LAX, 6101 W Century Blvd

Los Angeles

September 14, 2015               Agenda    Board Packet    Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                    

Sheraton Gateway Hotel LAX, 6101 W Century Blvd

Los Angeles

June 11, 2015                         Agenda    Board Packet    Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                                 

Sheraton Gateway Hotel LAX, 6101 W Century Blvd

Los Angeles 

March 26, 2015                      Agenda    Board Packet   Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                                 

The Concourse Hotel at LAX

Los Angeles

February 17, 2015                 Agenda    Board Packet    Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                    

Due to technical issues, no audio recording is available.                                                                 

 

2014 MEETINGS OF THE CALIFORNIA MASSAGE THERAPY COUNCIL

December 11, 2014                    Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes      

Board of Directors Meeting

The Concourse Hotel at LAX                                                                            

Los Angeles                                                                                        

September 30, 2014                   Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

October 1, 2014

Board of Directors Meeting

The Portofino Hotel and Marina

Redondo Beach                                                                                      

June 25, 2014                             Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors Meeting

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                       

Los Angeles

June 5, 2014                               Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Special Board of Directors Meeting                                                                                                                           

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                              

Los Angeles

April 15, 2014                             Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors Meeting                                                                                 

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                          

Los Angeles       

January 28, 2014                        Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors Meeting                                                                                 

Teleconference Call  

January 7, 2014                          Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors Meeting                                                                    

Teleconference Call         

 

2013 MEETINGS OF THE CALIFORNIA MASSAGE THERAPY COUNCIL

December 5, 2013                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors                                                                     

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                         

Los Angeles

October 15, 2013                    Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                     

Teleconference - CANCELLED

September 19, 2013               Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                         

Hilton Garden Inn

Marina del Rey

September 18, 2013               Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors                                                                    

Annenberg Community Beach House

Santa Monica 

June 27, 2013                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                                 

Teleconference  

June 8, 2013                           Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                                

Teleconference  

May 9, 2013                            Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors                                                                

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                          

Los Angeles   

April 5, 2013                           Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                              

Teleconference

February 13, 2013                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                  

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                          

Los Angeles    

January 22, 2013                    Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

School Committee

Teleconference 

 

2012 MEETINGS OF THE CALIFORNIA MASSAGE THERAPY COUNCIL

December 14, 2012                Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                            

Teleconference

December 11, 2012                Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

School Committee

Teleconference      

November 5, 2012                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors                                                                    

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                         

Los Angeles

October 8, 2012                      Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                         

Teleconference

September 13, 2012               Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                                 

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                          

Los Angeles

   

September 12, 2012               Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors                                                               

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                          

Los Angeles

June 20, 2012                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                                 

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                          

Los Angeles    

April 16, 2012                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                          

Teleconference   

April 10, 2012                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors                                                                 

Teleconference     

March 20, 2012                       Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                              

Teleconference

February 15, 2012                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                                 

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                         

Los Angeles

January 11, 2012                    Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors                                                                    

Teleconference   

2011 MEETINGS OF THE CALIFORNIA MASSAGE THERAPY COUNCIL

December 7, 2011                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors                                                            

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                         

Los Angeles    

September 15, 2011               Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                                

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                          

Los Angeles     

July 20, 2011                          Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                                 

Teleconference       

June 2, 2011                           Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors                                                                     

Sheraton Gateway Hotel

Los Angeles

April 27, 2011                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                                 

Teleconference

April 6, 2011                           Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                                 

Teleconference   

March 22, 2011                       Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Public Policy & Local Government Committee

Conference Call

March 15, 2011                       Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                                

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                          

Los Angeles        

March 8, 2011                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Outreach Committee

Rogers Group 

Los Angeles

February 22, 2011                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Outreach Committee

Rogers Group 

Los Angeles

February 1, 2011                    Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Outreach Committee                                                                                 

Teleconference
    

January 25, 2011                    Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Public Policy & Local Government Committee                                                                                 

Teleconference     

 

January 18, 2011                    Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors                                                                   

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                         

Los Angeles  

  

2010 MEETINGS OF THE CALIFORNIA MASSAGE THERAPY COUNCIL

December 6, 2010                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Outreach Committee

CANCELLED

November 16, 2010                Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Public Policy & Local Government Committee                                                                   

Teleconference

November 9, 2010                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                                  

Radisson LAX Hotel                                                          

Los Angeles

November 1, 2010                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Outreach Committee

Teleconference

  

October 12, 2010                    Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Outreach Committee                                                                    

Teleconference

 

September 14, 2010               Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors

Radisson LAX Hotel                                                          

Los Angeles   

September 14, 2010               Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Public Policy & Local Government Committee                                                                         

Teleconference   

September 13, 2010               Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Outreach Committee                                                                    

Teleconference

 

August 31, 2010                     Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Outreach Committee                                                                                 

Teleconference

August 18, 2010                     Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Public Policy & Local Government Committee                                                                                 

Teleconference

  

August 10, 2010                     Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors

Courtyard by Marriott LAX

Los Angeles     

July 13, 2010                          Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors

Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport                                                          

Los Angeles 

July 6, 2010                            Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Public Policy & Local Government Committee                                                                                 

Teleconference

June 27, 2010                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors                                                                     

Teleconference  

June 3, 2010                           Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Public Policy & Local Government Committee                                                                                 

Conference Call

June 2, 2010                           Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors                                                            

Holiday Inn Orange County Airport

Santa Ana

June 1, 2010                           Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Professional Standards Committee                                                                    

Teleconference  

May 27, 2010                           Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Professional Standards Committee                                                                                

Teleconference

May 20, 2010                           Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Professional Standards Committee

Teleconference

May 12, 2010                           Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Public Policy & Local Government Committee

Conference Call 

April 29, 2010                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Professional Standards Committee                                                                                 

Conference Call

April 27, 2010                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Professional Standards Committee

Conference Call                                                                           

April 22, 2010                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Professional Standards Committee                                                                    

Conference Call                                                                           

April 20, 2010                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Professional Standards Committee                                                                                 

Conference Call

April 15, 2010                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Professional Standards Committee                                                                                 

Conference Call                                                                                 

April 13, 2010                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Professional Standards Committee

Conference Call                                                                                       

April 8, 2010                            Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Professional Standards Committee                                                                                 

Conference Call

April 6, 2010                           Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors                                                                                 

Sacramento                                                                   

April 2, 2010                           Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Executive Committee                                                                    

Conference Call             

April 1, 2010                          Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Professional Standards Committee                                                                                 

Conference Call


   

March 30, 2010                      Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Professional Standards Committee

Conference Call                                                                          

March 30, 2010                       Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Outreach Committee                                                                    

MEETING CANCELED

March 25, 2010                       Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Professional Standards Committee                                                                                 

Conference Call

March 24, 2010                       Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Public Policy & Local Government Committee

Conference Call

March 23, 2010                       Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Professional Standards Committee

Conference Call      

March 18, 2010                        Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Professional Standards Committee                                                                                 

Conference Call

March 16, 2010                       Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Professional Standards Committee                                                                                 

Conference Call                                                                                     

March 16, 2010                       Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Board of Directors                                                                     

Conference Call

March 11, 2010                       Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Professional Standards Committee

Conference Call

March 9, 2010                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Outreach Committee                                                                    

Conference Call  

March 4, 2010                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Professional Standards Committee                                                                    

Conference Call     

March 3, 2010                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Board of Directors                                                                                  

Santa Ana

March 2, 2010                         Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Public Policy & Local Government Committee                                                                                 

Conference Call      

 

February 25, 2010                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Professional Standards Committee                                                                    

Conference Call                                                                             

February 25, 2010                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Outreach Committee                                                                                 

Conference Call

February 23, 2010                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Professional Standards Committee                                                                              

Conference Call     

February 18, 2010                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Professional Standards Committee                                                                    

Conference Call 

February 16, 2010                   Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                

Professional Standards Committee                                                                                 

Conference Call

February 11, 2010                  Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes

Board of Directors Meeting                                                                                 

Santa Ana  

February 8, 2010                    Agenda     Board Packet     Minutes                                    

Outreach Committee                                                                    

Conference Call 

2009 MEETINGS OF THE CALIFORNIA MASSAGE THERAPY COUNCIL

 

The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) was created by an act of the California Legislature and began accepting applications for certification in 2009. In 2016, CAMTC was re-authorized, with legislative changes becoming effective as of January 1, 2017. You can find the text of the Massage Therapy Act, codified at California Business and Professions Code sections 460, 4600-4621, and Government Code section 51034, here.

In 2016, CAMTC was re-authorized by AB 2194 with legislative changes becoming effective as of January 1, 2017.

You can read a summary of AB 2194 here

 Overview of California law pertaining to certified massage professionals and applicants:

The Massage Therapy Act, codified in California Business and Professions Code sections 460, 4600-4621, and Government Code section 51034, applies to all CAMTC applicants and certified massage professionals. Business and Professions Code section 460(a) generally provides that no city or county shall prohibit a person or group of persons certified by CAMTC from engaging in their business, occupation, or profession, or any portion of that business, occupation, or profession. Business and Professions Code section 460(b) generally provides that no city or county shall prohibit a person certified by CAMTC from engaging in any act or performing any procedure that falls within their professionally recognized scope of practice.

Business and Professions Code sections 4600 - 4621 generally provide for the establishment of a private nonprofit organization to oversee the voluntary certification of massage professionals in California. CAMTC certification allows certified massage professionals to provide massage for compensation in any or multiple California location(s) without the need to obtain multiple local permits and pay multiple permit fees. This California law has also established educational and background criteria for certification as a CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), and limits the use of the title of Certified Massage Therapist, CMT, Certified Massage Practitioner, CMP, licensed, and certified to those who are certified by CAMTC.

Government Code section 51034 generally identifies regulations that cities and counties may not impose on massage businesses, including but not limited to defining or regulating massage businesses as adult entertainment. It also generally provides, among other things, that cities and counties may not require a CAMTC certified individual to: take any test, medical exam, background or criminal background check, or comply with educational requirements beyond what is required for CAMTC certification; obtain any other license, permit, certificate, or other authorization to provide massage for compensation; comply with a dress code requirement beyond what is specified in Business and Professions Code section 4609(a)(10); or prohibit massage of the gluteal muscles or other massage techniques identified by CAMTC as legitimate.] Cities and counties cannot require showers or tubs in any massage establishment.

 

COMPENSATION POLICY

 

 

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