Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to be able to work as a Massage Therapist? You need to complete training at an approved school. MTI is approved. You also need a business license in order to work in your city or county. In many cities you need only proof of your Massage Therapy Fundamentals training. However, some cities/counties may have ordinances requiring more hours. In this case you will need to take the extra hours required by the city OR Apply to for Certified Massage Therapist Status. This will allow you to apply for a business license in any California city.  Certification as a Massage Therapist requires 500 hours plus passing the MBLEx exam.

Some schools offer programs with 500 hours and some 700 or more hours. Which one should I pick?Some forces in the industry are pushing for curriculums with a higher number of hours, while others ponder why a therapist needs to have studied 1,000 hours to perform chair massages.

The length of training at various schools is not always an indication of the school's quality and may depend on other factors. For example, schools that offer federal financial aid must have a minimum of 720 clock hours to offer federal grants.

While the decision to select a program should not be based on the number of hours alone, you should look at programs that will give you at least the number of hours which will qualify you for a city/county business license. You can then add hours to your training at a later time in continuing education, but taking a shorter rather than a longer program will allow you to enter the market (and start recovering your investment) sooner without any significant difference in acquired knowledge or skill level.

What are the hours I will have to attend school? Will it fit my schedule?
Can I work part-time at the same time?
You can certainly work part-time and you can progress through our program at a pace that suits you. We are extremely flexible. You can build a program that will fit your schedule and your interests. We offer weekend and weekday classes. 

What kind of job can I get when I graduate?Massage Therapy is a growing field and as the industry grows, more and more employers call our school in search of our well-trained graduates. Many of our graduates are also self-employed, which offers maximum career freedom. There are work opportunities in hospitals, doctor’s offices, chiropractic, acupuncture and physical therapy offices, spas, salons, resorts and cruise ships, gyms and wellness centers, corporate offices, shopping malls and airports.

Career opportunities in the field are increasing as more people are discovering the benefits of massage. The latest research shows that massage therapy is the most widely used complimentary health care in the US. The need for well trained therapists has never been greater!

Who will be teaching me? Our instructors are well-educated, experienced and creative teachers. They are successful massage therapists, with years of experience working with the technique or particular style of massage that they are teaching to you. You will find a depth of training and a quality of teaching here at MTI that you cannot find at most other schools.

How do I choose the school that is right for me? It is important that you find a school that is the right fit for you. We encourage you to visit and interview at all of the schools you are considering. It is important that you find a really good program so that you will be able to be the best possible Massage Therapist. It really does make a difference where you study. We can offer you a breadth and depth of training that will prepare you for a long, successful and enjoyable career as a Massage Therapist.

How soon can I be out working and earning a living with my new skills? In California you can begin working after you have taken the Massage Therapy Fundamentals Class. If your city or county does not require you to have more hours of training for your business license, this is a good choice. Then you can continue taking classes if you wish while you begin working, which will help you become more and more skillful as you work on more people.

Our 250 hour program (Sacramento City requirement) can be completed in as little as 2 months, or you can take up to 6 months, depending on how often you choose to take classes.

Our 500 hour program is approved for Massage Therapist Certification with the California Massage Therapy Council. It can be completed in 5 months or less or you can take longer to complete if you wish.

Can I visit the school? Yes, please do call (530-753-4428) or e-mail ( the director to schedule a tour of our teaching facility and to have your questions answered regarding our programs. 

How do I get more information?  Please call us at (530) 753-4428 or e-mail to (

Will I have support after I graduate?  As you make the transition into your new profession as a Massage Therapist, you’ll find that MTI will be at your side all the way, with knowledge, encouragement, and support. We are here to help you succeed!


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