SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) -  A recently launched website helps Californians learn about the new professional massage certification process and understand the laws and regulations concerning the massage profession. The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) was created to promote public safety and protect consumers. This includes a rigorous statewide certification process for massage professionals with clear standards of preparation and education. The new CAMTC website contains useful information and tools for both California consumers and massage professionals.

CAMTC certification will:

  • Enable Californians to easily identify certified massage professionals;
  • Ensure that certified massage professionals have completed sufficient training at approved schools; and
  • Ensure that massage therapy can no longer be used as a subterfuge to violate the Penal Code.

CAMTC-certified massage professionals are required to undergo background checks, fingerprinting and other procedures to ensure they are legitimate massage therapists and practitioners with adequate education. This process includes a background check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice. Californians can find out if a massage professional is certified by the CAMTC by asking to see their certificate or ID card, or by using an online form to search by name, city or certificate number.

For massage professionals, CAMTC certification will allow the practice of massage therapy throughout California without the need for obtaining multiple permits or paying additional fees for each city they work in. Applications for CAMTC certification are now being processed. To learn more about the benefits of CAMTC certification, apply for certification, or check the status of an application, visit the CAMTC website. To find more information about the CAMTC and statewide massage professional certification, visit or read the Frequently Asked Questions