Massage Therapist Training California

Massage Therapist Requirements in California

In order to become a licensed massage therapist in the State of California, you must:

  • Complete a 500-hour massage therapist training course including 100 hours of anatomy and physiology, contraindications, health and hygiene, and business and ethics; and
  • Provide evidence of a passing score on either the MBLEx or NCBTMB.

After you complete a 500-hour training program, you then can fill out an application to become a therapist. You must mail in the application packet to the California Massage Therapy Council, along with a cashier’s check or money order for $150. The form can be found here.

The following items must also accompany the application:

  • Passport photo;
  • Copy of valid photo ID: Driver’s License, State issued ID Card, Passport, or US Military ID; and
  • “LiveScan Fingerprints” completed in the state of California.

In addition, original transcripts from the massage therapy school where training was completed must be sent directly to the California Massage Therapy Council.

At this time, the California Massage Therapy Council does not require continuing education to complete recertification.

California Massage Therapist Salary

This training is most valuable if it translates into earnings. For specific data on massage therapist’s salary in California click here. We’ve extracted information from labor surveys to give you local data specific to salary expectatations for massage therapists in California.