California Massage Therapy Requirements

Institute of Somatic Therapy (Judith Koch) is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Our NCBTMB continuing education Approved Provider Number is 280672-00. Our Florida provider number is MCE326 (50-1116 on CE Broker). Our New York provider number is 0019. Our Massage Therapy CE hours are valid for ABMP, AMTA, and most states.

PLEASE NOTE: We provide the below information about your state as a courtesy, but cannot guarantee its accuracy because laws are continually subject to change. If you have questions about the information we have provided below, please contact your licensing agency directly. Your state board will hold you ultimately responsible for knowing the laws that apply to you. We do not deviate from our posted return and exchange policy if you later determine that a course you enrolled in is not valid for CEs in your jursidiction. You may also visit the NCBTMB nationwide CE requirements chart, by clicking here.


NCBTMB requires that you complete 24 hours of Continuing Education classes every two years. Three hours of the 24 hours must be in ethics. (Three hours of research is no longer required as of February 2019.) No more than 4 hours of the 24 hours may be in self-care. All NCBTMB CEs can be taken through home study or online courses through the Institute of Somatic Therapy, provider #280672-00.

AMTA and ABMP require that you take 48 hours of Massage Therapy CEs every four years. Both Massage Therapy agencies allow all CEs to be taken through home study or online courses through the Institute of Somatic Therapy.

California does not have a state massage therapy licensing law. They have a voluntary statewide certification program through the CAMTC. Most massage therapists in California have the option to receive a local license through their city or county, although some cities or counties have done away with local licensing in favor of the CAMTC. If you are a massage therapist in California, you will need to determine whether your city or county has a local license, or if you are required to go through the CAMTC. CAMTC certification does supercede the local option, so if you want to work in multiple jurisdictions, the CAMTC is probably the easiest option for you. We are unable to give legal advice, so you will need to determine the options available to you and make the best choice based on your circumstances.

California Massage Therapy Council
One Capital Mall, Suite 320
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 669-5336
Agency Website:

California Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements:
We are not aware of any continuing education requirements to recertify for CAMTC. If you have a county or city license, you will need to contact the issuer of that license to determine your CE requirements.

California Massage Therapy Continuing Education Courses Accepted:
You may legally practice any of the modalities you take from us provided that you are legally entitled to practice massage therapy in your jurisdiction.

* Note: Click Here to view a full listing of our Massage Therapist CE Courses. You may also click on the "courses" tab at the top of each page.