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Become a Certified Massage Therapist…

From the San Francisco massage school responsible for advances in the fields of massage therapy, massage education, and energy healing comes World School’s 500-hour California Massage Therapist Program.

It’s For You If…

You are clear that you want a lasting career as a massage therapist.

The California Massage Therapist Program (CMT) is designed specifically to meet requirements by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) to receive Massage Therapist certification as an independent practitioner in any city in California.

What’s Great About The CMT Program 

World School’s 500-hour CMT Program exceed requirements for licensing in many but not all states (as each state has its own regulations).

Receive valuable nationally accepted certification as a California Massage Therapist (CMT) and discover the satisfaction, benefits and joy of working for others AND having a thriving private practice.

In the CMT Program you will:

  • Create your own financially prosperous, successful, and truly sustainable private massage practice.
  • Savor working with a high level of excellence and achievement in spa, medical and fitness settings.
  • Live in authentic and enduring alignment with your life’s passions.
  • Integrate a broad set of proven, effective bodywork that gives you certainty that you can address a wide range of client needs.
  • Experience the freedom of setting your own schedule, fees, and practicing the services YOU choose.
  • Model the possibility of health and well-being for your clients.

What’s Special About the CMT Program

Experience The Absolute Edge of Healing Results

Our healing massage here at World School is based on dozens of effective ancient and modern healing massage therapies that have been integrated into a unified whole that we call Vibrational Healing Massage Therapy (VHMT).

The Vibrational Healing Massage Therapy taught in this program, is a clothes-on massage (do it anywhere) that provides enormous benefits to you and your clients. Learn more…

“Design Your Own” or One at a Time

World School of Massage San Francisco is a cookie-cutter-free massage school.

As has been the case for over thirty years, you may register for one course at a time or EVEN DESIGN YOUR OWN PROGRAM from our over list of over 50 healing and self-healing courses.

For details, see the Program Summary below (Tab #5. Design Your Own).

Earn Money While in School!

Depending on where you live, you can begin earning money as a massage therapist a short time after beginning your massage training at the World School.

Program Summary: Certified Massage Therapist

California Massage Therapist

  • 500 Hours
  • $5,000
  • $10per credit hour
  • 6 Months: PART Time*
  • Meets CAMTC (500+ hrs) Requirements
  • Certificate: California Massage Therapist (CMT)
  • Monthly Start Dates
  • Special Financing Available

*You may finish more quickly or take significantly longer depending on your availability. It’s all up to you.

California Massage Therapist Course List = 500 Hours

  • Anatomy & Kinesiology 1 = 44 hrs
  • Anatomy & Kinesiology 2 = 40 hrs
  • Contraindications in Massage = 13 hrs
  • Massage Pathology = 40 hrs
  •  Massage Physiology = 16 hrs
  • Business and Ethics 1 = 18 hrs
  • Business and Ethics 2: Entrepreneurship = 22 hrs
  • Clinic, Health and Hygiene = 8 hrs
  • Coaching Assessment Sessions = 1+5 hrs
  • Integrative Massage CMT = 14+30 hrs
  • Introduction to Healing 1 = 22 hrs
  • Introduction to Healing 2 = 28 hrs
  • Deep Tissue Massage = 38 hrs
  • Swedish Massage = 38 hrs
  • Structural Foot Balancing = 30 hrs
  • Vibrational Healing Massage Therapy (VHMT) 1 = 38 hrs
  • Vibrational Healing Massage Therapy (VHMT) 2 = 55 hrs

To explore each individual course, please visit the California Massage Therapist tab on our Massage Classes page.

Latest News on The California Massage THERAPIST Certification

At this time, every locality in California sets it’s own standards for minimum educational requirements for massage therapists. Some cities, like San Francisco or Livermore require only 100 hours (or less). Other cities like Pleasanton, require 500 hours.

California is in the process of increasing minimum certification requirements and standardizing required hours for all localities at 500 hours.

Although this has not been enacted in legislation yet, we fully expect it to be by January 1, 2015. This is based on information we have received from trusted personnel at the CAMTC and the commitments that they have been receiving from the State. That’s why we are using vague language such as “most likely” in the following:

As of January 1, 2015, the California Massage THERAPIST certification (500 hours) became the only massage certification available in California.

Because of the new 500-hour requirement, consider that many or most massage employers are looking for employees with at least 500 hours of experience.

Until that time, whatever requirements exist for the city in which you live or plan to work in, those requirements are the ones that you are required to follow.

What Are the Differences Between…

The California Massage THERAPIST (500 hrs.) and the California Massage PRACTITIONER (250 hrs.)?

  • The CMT Program is 250 hours longer and ensures that you attain a much higher level of excellence in your healing practice.
  • The CMT Program has more courses in body systems, business (private practice development) and more massage modalities.
  • The CMT Program satisfies the CAMTC requirements to practice massage independently. This will likely become the standard for all localities in California by January 1, 2015.
  • The CMT Program prepares you to satisfy requirements for more employers and many additional states should you want to practice elsewhere.

Design Your Own Program…Really!

We like options. Most of our students like options too. You can design a program of any length using any combination of courses you would like.

How It Works

To create your own personalized program, just visit our Massage Courses page and look for courses that make your heart sing. Alternately, you can call one of our refreshing admissions advisors and ask for their valuable input.

Massage Classes Page

Tuition and Fees

Registration Fee: $25.00
Tuition: $5,000
Total: $5,025.00

Enjoy Debt-Free Financing

With the lowest tuition we know of in the Bay Area ($10 or less per credit hour) and special financing options available, there’s simply no reason to finish school with a debt burden. Now that’s what we call “holistic.” Graduate debt-free by investing in an affordable holistic education. If you’re interested in financing your education, let one of our extraordinary admissions advisors show you how. Call us now and schedule your personal holistic financial support meeting.

Ask us how you can qualify for:

  • Free elective massage courses in every program. Yes!
  • Our One-Step-At-A-Time-Pay-As-You-Grow-Plan. OKayyy!
  • A special scholarship program for students in the CMT, ESM, MBW and HHWP programs. Ask us.
  • Bonus courses when you “pay in full.”


Let’s Get Curious

We love your curiously curious questions and want to be able to answer all of them. Here are links to frequently asked questions about massage certification, programs and more.

Getting started is eeeeeasy. You have two options:


Call one of our fabulously friendly admissions advisors and they will help you apply over the phone and schedule your personal registration appointment.

  • San Francisco Massage School: 415-221-2533
  • Pleasanton Massage School: 925-461-2533


Click on the “REGISTER/TOUR” button below, complete the brief form and we will call you back to set up your personal and hugely informative registration appointment.



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Hear What Our Graduates Have to Say!

The California Massage Therapist Program has greatly increased my own confidence in my abilities as a leader and a Holistic Health Practitioner. I really believe that the dreams and imaginings that seemed out of reach before are totally possible. Thank you all.”
Ann Marie Lawrence, Graduate
Taking the California Massage Therapist Program has made me become more aware of the reasons why things happen in my life, what they mean, and how it can impact others. I have become aware of the fact that there is a reason for everything that happens.”
Kristi Friesen, Graduate
I am so much kinder to myself. The World School helped me become more present which allows me to really feel and enjoy my experiences.”
Laura Kohlmeister, Graduate