Congratulations on achieving your Massage Therapy Certificate or Holistic Health Practitioner Certificate! Healing Hands graduates are the most highly demanded therapists in Orange County and San Diego County because of the exceptional training they receive and the array of modalities at their disposal.
Now that you’re a graduate (or approaching graduation), we want to be sure you have the resources you need to finish your program requirements, find a job, and thrive in your new career path.
Certification & Licensing Support
You’re graduating with your school certification – and now it’s time to consider State certification! The CAMTC, or California Massage Therapy Council, is the state certifying entity in California. They issue a Massage Therapy Certification at 500 hours. The Certification is considered voluntary, however many counties, cities, and businesses require it, so we encourage everyone to apply.
Note that other states may have different requirements then California and you may need to take further education to meet those requirements, depending on the program you accomplished in California. We offer free transcript review to any graduate who asks.
Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has Institutional Accreditation through ABHES - Accreditation Bureau of Health Education Schools. This means, the transcripts that you earn at HHSHH can be utilized to be become Licensed or Certified in states that recognize institutional accreditation. We are happy to guarantee support for any future state, or licensing entity that you may apply. When you request transcripts to be sent to a different state, we will review your transcripts against that states requirements and give you the best advice to become licensed or certified in that state.
Are you confused on how to write a good resume? You aren’t alone. Our Resume Workbook & Interview Guide is designed to help you with the process. We’ll also help to look over your resume and provide guidance and support.
Career Placement Support
We typically receive 3-5 career postings per week. These positions range from part-time to full-time to independent contractor, and they come from every specialization within the massage field. If you are interested in seeing the postings you can click here to sign up on our Job Opportunity Email List!
FAQs for Graduates
How do I get certified to work in a different state?
Different states have different requirements for massage therapists. If you plan on leaving California, check the new state’s requirements. These requirements may include: hours of training, testing, background checks, etc. The best one-stop website for different state requirements is here.
What is the MBLEx? Why is it important?
The MBLEx stands for Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination and is used by 43 states to determine if you should become licensed or certified in that state. In California, this exam has been suspended until January 1st, 2027, however we still encourage all of our student to pass this exam. The MBLEx is considered an industry standard, and we believe that passing this exam allows graduates to have more opportunities then they would otherwise have, and we prepare our students to take this exam. Visit FSMTB for more information.
What are the Nationals? How do I get them?
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodyworkers (aka the Nationals) changed their name to the Board Certification for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. This is an additional certificate that helps prove your expertise as a massage therapist. Most employers do not request this. However, therapists with this certification may experience greater pay because they are considered more qualified. Most of our teachers have this certification, and we highly encourage the additional certificate for our graduates. In states where a test is necessary to receive a license, the Nationals can often take the place of sitting for an additional exam. You need 750 hours in a school and 250 working hours to take this exam.
Visit https://www.ncbtmb.org/ for more information.
How do I get insured?
There are different massage therapist insurance agencies to consider. We are partnered with Associate Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) because of their advocacy for holistic health in the community. They also offer some of the best full-coverage insurance plan plus other career building member benefits. Go to https://www.abmp.com/home/ to learn more. If you sign up, our referral number is 133236.
Why do I need insurance?
There are 3 different types of Insurance for a massage therapist: General Liability, Professional Liability, and Product liability. Most massage insurances cover all 3 types, but always check before you buy.
Insurance covers you in case someone gets hurt before, during, or after a massage. Most employers require that you have insurance, if it is not included with employment. *Please note that some modalities, like Hot Stone, are not covered under most insurance agency’s policies, unless you have taken the class at a qualified school. (That means that if a spa trains you, your personal insurance will not cover you). So, be careful with what employers ask you to do and always make sure you are covered!