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Effective July 1, 2016

NCCAOM will accept credit card payments for certification and recertification applications through online submission only.

Security and protection of confidential information of its Diplomates and candidates is of vital importance to the NCCAOM. Visa, Master Card and now American Express payments may be submitted through the online application process. Paper applications will still be accepted, accompanied by a paper check or money order only.



Bryn Clark, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®

Welcome Diplomates

Earning certification from NCCAOM represents a significant professional achievement. NCCAOM certification makes an important statement about professional competence that is recognized by regulatory bodies, third-party payers, the profession and the public. For assistance on the use of NCCAOM credentials read Displaying Your Credentials Proudly and Properly.

Benefits of NCCAOM Certification   ▼   (Click to Read)

Benefits of NCCAOM Certification

Earning certification from NCCAOM represents a significant professional achievement. NCCAOM certification makes an important statement about professional competence that is recognized by regulatory bodies, third-party payers, the profession and the public. NCCAOM certification provides important benefits and privileges.

Active NCCAOM certification allows Diplomates the ability to:

  • Proudly designate themselves as “nationally board certified” according to the credential(s) earned, and use one or more of the following designations:
    • Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)® or Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®
    • Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM)®or Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®
    • Diplomate of Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM)® or Dipl. C.H. (NCCAOM)®
    • Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM)® or Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM)®
  • To receive a free online subscription to Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Discounted print copies will also be made available to NCCAOM Diplomates, Academy members.
  • Subscribe to Call a Doctor Plus Services, a health and wellness program for you and your family, and receive a 40% discount as an NCCAOM Diplomate.
  • Claim a free six (6) month listing in HealthProfs Acupuncture Directory with your first time registration. A $180 Value! Active Diplomates may contact the NCCAOM by emailing info@thenccaom.org for details.
  • Create your own FREE website with ChiOnline
  • Be listed in the NCCAOM® Find a Practitioner directory on the NCCAOM website for consumer and professional referrals. The directory is recognized as a valuable resource for those seeking a practitioner who is NCCAOM certified.
  • Automatic verification of certification status in the NCCAOM® Registry on NCCAOM’s website for use by insurance companies and third-party payers requiring NCCAOM certification as a criterion for reimbursement.
  • Apply for a license to practice acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine in 43 different states including the District of Columbia, which either require NCCAOM full certification or accept NCCAOM certification exams as a prerequisite for licensure. (Please check with your state on exact requirements for licensure).
  • Be considered for an appointment to the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners as a professional member.
  • Be considered to serve on NCCAOM committees, taskforces and panels.
  • Be considered to participate in national board examination development activities.
  • Receive a complimentary subscription to the NCCAOM® newsletter, the Diplomate; e-news you can use.
  • Qualify for reduced fees for many of the services offered by NCCAOM or its strategic partners
  • Use the NCCAOM Service Marks (shown below):

Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM)®
Diplomate of Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM)®
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)®
Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM)®


Glossary of Terms   ▼  

Application Processing Terminology:

Applicant – A person who has submitted an application for certification and is requesting acceptance of eligibility to sit for the appropriate NCCAOM examination.

Candidate – An Applicant whose application payment has been processed allowing their application to be submitted to certification services for review. When tracking your status on the NCCAOM website the status will appear as “Candidate”.

Approved Candidate – A Candidate who is “authorized to test” and is able to register with Pearson VUE to take the designated examination. When tracking your status on the NCCAOM website the status will appear as “Approved”.

Pass-All – A candidate who has passed all the required examinations in the certification for which they have applied but has not yet submitted all the required documents.

Pre-Cert – A candidate who has passed all the required examinations in the certification for which they have applied, has submitted all the required documents and who is awaiting the finalization of the NCCAOM quality control review.

Certification Statuses:

Active and Non-Active Statuses:

Diplomate – A candidate who successfully passed the required examination(s) and has received approval of the final transcript submitted to the NCCAOM directly from the school. If the candidate has applied for the Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine Program, they have also completed and requested submission to NCCAOM of their validated Clean Needle Technique (CNT) Certificate from an approved provider. The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) offers an NCCAOM approved CNT course.

1. Certified Diplomate (Active) – A certified Diplomate. Holding the NCCAOM Diplomate credential assures patients, employers, certifying agencies, and others of a Diplomate’s commitment to upholding certification standards. Active Diplomates are entitled to all of the benefits of certification.

2. Recertified Diplomate (Active) – Diplomates who recertify every four years are considered to be certified (active) which demonstrates competency maintenance in the profession.

3. Inactive Diplomate (Non-Active) – A Diplomates who is not practicing as an AOM professional due to life circumstances may apply for inactive status. Individuals holding inactive status may not use the NCCAOM credential(s) or the NCCAOM service mark(s) and are not entitled to any of the benefits of certification except receipt of the Diplomate newsletter.

4. Retired Diplomate (Non-Active) – A Diplomate who is permanently retired as a practitioner from the AOM profession, a recognized subspecialty or any other health profession. The 2014 NCCAOM® Retired Designation Handbook details the eligibility requirements and entitled benefits.

Expired (Non-Certified) Statuses – Any Diplomate who does not recertify is expired and is not considered certified by the NCCAOM and is not entitled to any of the benefits of certification. An individual whose NCCAOM certification is expired may not use the NCCAOM credential(s) or the NCCAOM service mark(s). Below are the two types of expired statuses:

1. Lapsed (Non-Certified) – NCCAOM certification is considered lapsed after the expiration date on the certificate. An active Recertification Application or an Inactive Application must be received and processed prior to the certification expiration date to avoid lapsed status. Former Diplomates who are lapsed and do not have a recertification application submitted with all PDA requirements fulfilled are not entitled to any of the benefits of an active Diplomate.

2. Terminated (Non-Certified) – After three years of continuous lapsed status, the certification is no longer valid. A former Diplomate whose certification is terminated must apply for NCCAOM® Reinstatement to Active Diplomate. The handbook and application can be found on the NCCAOM website under “Forms”.


Promoting & Managing Your Practice   ▼  

Displaying Your Certificate
The NCCAOM and Framing Success have joined forces to offer Diplomates the option to customize a frame for displaying their certification wall certificate to its best advantage. Custom frames can be purchased by visiting https://www.framingsuccess.com/go/category/GPFLA9ASC/19384.

New Benefit: Free Websites for Diplomates

Now active NCCAOM Diplomates can enjoy another benefit for attaining and maintaining NCCAOM certification. The importance of featuring an attractive and user-friendly website is a very vital tool to marketing your practice; however, creating a website can be an expensive and laborious process – until now. The NCCAOM is pleased to announce a new program that will enable its Diplomates to create a customized website for free or for a low monthly cost if you desire additional premium services. You can choose from three packages:

  • Free Website Package – NCCAOM Diplomate Exclusive: Get your acupuncture practice online quickly and easily for FREE! Increase your referrals and enhance your credibility.
  • Basic Website Package: The Basic Package gives you a custom domain name (www.yourname.com), up 10 to pages of content, and other valuable features at a very low cost.
  • Marketing Website Package: The Marketing Package actively generates new clients from the Internet. It includes a Google listing, an online gift certificate system, a monthly client email newsletter, and other powerful marketing tools

There is no computer experience necessary, and it only takes a few minutes to set up your site. For more information and to sign up, please go to www.nccaomdiplomates.com. Please note that this service is only available to active NCCAOM Diplomates. Diplomates who fall into lapsed status or file inactive status cannot take advantage of or maintain this benefit. In addition, if a Diplomate becomes lapsed after they have signed up for the free website, they will lose this benefit until they have reinstated their certification. For more information about this benefit, please contact the Public Relations Department.

Booklets / Brochures to Promote You and the AOM Profession   ▼   

NCCAOM® Diplomate Certification Booklets

The NCCAOM is delighted to unveil the official NCCAOM® Diplomate Certification Booklets for each of the national certification programs: Diplomate of Acupuncture, Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, Diplomate of Chinese Herbology and Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy. Each of these four unique booklets includes historical information, up-to-date industry statistics and facts supporting the benefits and growth of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Oriental Medicine and Asian Bodywork Therapy. These eight-page decorative booklets also tout the importance of seeking a certified NCCAOM practitioner. This is a consumer awareness and public safety issue.

Click here to download the certification booklets

The NCCAOM® Providing National Standards for Certified Practitioners

This brochure explains to your patients the requirements for becoming nationally certified and the difference between NCCAOM Diplomates and other health care providers who can legally practice acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM). These informative brochures are written in an easy to understand patient friendly format and are perfect for promoting an NCCAOM Diplomate practice. The brochures also contain information on how to find an NCCAOM certified AOM practitioner.

Click here to download the certification brochures

NCCAOM® Consumer Guide Brochure

This handy, informative brochure is written in an easy to understand patient friendly format and is perfect for promoting an NCCAOM’s Diplomates’ practice. The brochure contains a brief synopsis of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) practice, the benefits of AOM, and how to find an NCCAOM certified AOM practitioner. Click here to view the brochure.

Professionally printed versions of these brochures can be ordered through the NCCAOM by completing the order form and faxing it back to the NCCAOM office. Active Diplomates will also receive a 10 percent discount off all printed brochure orders – a benefit of keeping your NCCAOM certification active. The NCCAOM Brochures will enable practitioners to make a memorable first impression during meetings with patients, potential employers, media, and members of the healthcare community. The brochures have space on the back to apply practitioner’s contact information.

Click here to view the booklets / brochures or access the order form(s). Please direct questions to Public Relations.

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