National Certification Commission For
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Public Protection Through Quality
About the NCCAOM:
Founded in 1982 as
a non-profit certification organization, the National Certification
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is widely accepted as the most influential leader in the field of
certification for acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
There are currently over 18,000 active NCCAOM Diplomates (NCCAOM certificate holders) practicing with a
current NCCAOM certification.
The NCCAOM is
responsible for the development and administration of the Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology,
Oriental Medicine, and Asian Bodywork Therapy Certification Programs.
NCCAOM’s purpose is to assure the public that Diplomates meet entry level and continued competencies for their
The NCCAOM evaluates and attests to the competency of it’s nationally board certified Diplomates through rigorous
demonstration and assessment of the core knowledge, skills and abilities expected for an entry level practitioner
of acupuncture and
All of the NCCAOM
certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). All NCCAOM
Certification Programs carry the NCCA seal.
In order for the
NCCAOM certification programs in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Oriental Medicine,
and Asian Bodywork Therapy to remain accredited by the NCCA, the NCCAOM must adhere
to strict national standards for administration of the certification programs and
All Diplomate level certification exams must meet examination content validity standards set forth by NCCA. NCCA’s
standards exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the United States
Employment Opportunity Commission.
As a requirement of
accreditation the NCCAOM must submit annual reports to NCCA and must undergo a full reaccredidation every five
years for each of its NCCA accredited programs.
information is available at the Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s (formerly the National Organization for
Competency Assurance (NOCA) website at:
ACAOM Graduation Hour
In order to achieve
full certification in acupuncture or Oriental medicine, candidates must meet all ACAOM
Minimum 3 Years (1905 Hours)
Medicine/Acupuncture Theory (705 Hours)
Communications, Ethics, Practice Management (90 Hours)
Five Time Rule
- After the fifth
unsuccessful attempt to pass an NCCAOM examination, the
candidate has no
subsequent opportunities to test.
Clean Needle Technique Certificate
The Council of
Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s (CCAOM) Clean Needle Technique (CNT) course is required for all
applicants of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The CNT course must be completed within six years of the application submission date.
Completion of the
CNT course is not required to take the examinations; however, NCCAOM certification cannot be awarded until
verification of the completion of the CNT course is received directly from CCAOM.
To find a qualified
Licensed Acupuncturist, contact: