National Certification Commission For Acupuncture     
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Public Protection Through Quality Credentials

About the NCCAOM:


Founded in 1982 as a non-profit certification organization, the National Certification  

Commission for 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 profession.

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 Oriental medicine.


All of the NCCAOM certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). All NCCAOM Certification Programs carry the NCCA seal. st george acupuncture


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 examination development.

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.  


Additional information is available at the Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance  (NOCA) website at:



ACAOM Graduation Hour Requirements:

In order to achieve full certification in acupuncture or Oriental medicine, candidates must meet all ACAOM graduation  requirements.


Acupuncture Program 
Minimum 3 Years (1905 Hours) 

Oriental Medicine/Acupuncture Theory (705 Hours) 

Clinic (660 Hour) 

Biomedicine (450 Hours) 

Counseling, 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 Requirement: 

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.


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