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The Recertification Philosophy and Purpose

The recertification program is designed to ensure that NCCAOM Diplomates are performing activities to stay current within their practice area in a manner that benefits the safety and trust of the public as well as meeting the needs of the Diplomate.

The NCCAOM recertification program benefits the Diplomate in the following ways:

  • Competency maintenance promotes public trust and confidence in the Diplomate.
  • Provides an avenue for expansion of the Diplomate’s knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Enhances portability when a Diplomate moves from one state to another.
  • Continuing education points that are approved for licensure are generally accepted for recertification.
The Recertification Process ▼ (Click to Read)

Diplomates are responsible for renewing their certification every four years and are expected to maintain their status by participating in Professional Development Activities (PDA). Diplomates must earn a minimum of 60 PDA points during the four- year period immediately preceding the expiration of certification.

As a courtesy, recertification reminders are sent to Diplomates at 180, 90, 60 and then 30 days prior to the expiration date of their certification. Diplomates are ultimately responsible for ensuring the timely submission of the recertification application.

Please submit the completed application at least 60 days, but no more than one year prior to the expiration of the certificate. This will ensure it is processed in a timely manner and avoid lapsed status. Upon approval, NCCAOM will send a congratulatory letter with a new wallet-sized ID card and a certificate ready for display.

Steps to Recertification*:
Recertification, or renewal of a NCCAOM certification is required every four years.
1. Read the NCCAOM® Recertification Handbook.
2. Complete 60 PDA points within a four-year cycle.

  • As of January 1, 2009 CPR is a stand alone requirement worth 4 PDA points.
  • Also, required are four PDA points in Safety and/or Ethics.
  • * Review the NCCAOM® Recertification Handbook for a complete breakdown of the PDA requirements.

3. Complete and sign the recertification application form.
4. Attach the recertification payment.
5. Attach the certificates of PDA participation and other documentation. Do not send originals! Documentation will be shredded and NOT returned to the Diplomate.
6. Mail the packet at least 60 days before the expiration date to:
NCCAOM
76 S. Laura Street, Suite 1290
Jacksonville, FL 32202
7. Use a postal tracking system to monitor the recertification packet.

*These steps are standard for Active Diplomates returning to Active status. PDA points and documentation required will vary if certification is in “Lapsed” status or “Inactive” status is requested. Please see the NCCAOM® Recertification Handbook for detailed information.

Note: The recertification process takes approximately six to eight weeks so please plan accordingly.

NCCAOM® Recertification At a Glance ▼
Professional Enhancements ▼

A maximum of 30 PDA points is allowed to be submitted by Diplomates in this area of recertification if additional points are needed to reach the 60 point requirement. As Diplomates continue in their career they desire to develop their professional knowledge and skills to enhance their practice and to provide service and leadership to the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession. The NCCAOM, therefore, recognizes other professional enhancements and awards points accordingly in addition to continuing education. Below please find category descriptions and required documentation. The information below is a comprehensive list of acceptable professional enhancement areas and the maximum number of PDA points permitted for each enhancement.

Continuing Education Earned Outside the Cetegory of Core Competence, Knowledge and Skills
A maximum of 30 PDA points may be earned in this category of professional enhancements. One PDA point is equal to one hour of active learning in continuing education or formal coursework from International and U.S. programs.
Required documentation includes: a certificate of completion or a notarized letter that documents sponsoring organization, program title, provider # or identifying mark, date(s), number of points/hours, key elements and student’s and instructor’s name. It is recommended to save brochures and other related documents in case the program content requires review.

Practice Enhancement Outside of Oriental Medicine
A maximum of 6 PDA points may be submitted in a four-year recertification cycle for programs that relate to areas outside the Core Competence, Knowledge and Skills that enhance or benefit an acupuncture or Oriental medicine practitioner. This enhancement category allows for PDA points for subjects that do not directly related to Oriental medicine but may still enhance the Diplomate’s professional development (i.e., non-Asian herbal traditions, healing modalities, homeopathy, reflexology, kinesiology, cranial sacral, martial arts, etc.).
Required documentation includes: a certificate of completion or a notarized letter that documents sponsoring organization, program title, provider # or identifying mark, date(s), number of points/hours, key elements and student’s and instructor’s name. It is recommended to save brochures and other related documents in case the program content requires review.

Donate Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Services
A maximum of 10 PDA points may be submitted in a four-year recertification cycle. This professional enhancement category supports the humanitarian aims of the AOM profession. Diplomates may earn one PDA point for every two hours of donated time. The service must be provided on a pro bono basis through an organization offering humanitarian missions to:

1) Domestic and/or international victims in an emergency situation or disaster area,
2) Low income and/or underserved areas and/or populations,
3) Special needs populations, or
4) United States military personnel.

The Diplomates must adapt the delivery of AOM treatments while obtaining new clinical, emotional and/or psychological skills in new locations and with new patients in unfamiliar cultures and/or languages, located in non-traditional settings.
Required documentation includes: a letter, printed on letterhead from the Chair or Director of the organization to which you donated the pro bono services. The letter must include 1) the location and description of the setting where the services were performed, 2) dates and hours of service, 3) population served, and 4) written statement of the new knowledge or skill(s) acquired.

Clinical Experience or Clinical Research Experience
A maximum of 10 PDA points may be submitted in a four-year recertification cycle for completing a supervised clinical experience or act as a practitioner within a clinical research project in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Oriental medicine or Asian bodywork therapy which includes observation, case discussions, and/or supervised practice. The experience must be conducted in a licensed clinical setting and be part of a formal educational or preceptor program. One PDA point is equal to one hour of experience.
Required documentation includes: a letter from the school or preceptor who must have educational training in a professional healthcare field for five years. Dates, hours, and the types of clinical experiences are required on the organization/preceptor’s letterhead stationery.

Direct Clincal Supervision
A maximum of 10 PDA points may be submitted in a four-year recertification cycle for supervising a clinical experience in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Oriental medicine or Asian bodywork therapy which includes directing students in observation, case discussions, and/or supervised practice. The experience must be conducted in a licensed clinical setting and be part of a formal education or preceptor program. One PDA point is equal to one hour of supervision.
Required documentation includes: a letter from the school or preceptor, on letterhead, indicating the dates, hours, and type of supervision or information from an ACAOM approved college, listing the Diplomate as a Clinical Supervisor at their school.

NCCAOM Job Analysis Survey
A maximum of 5 PDA points may be submitted in a four-year recertification cycle for completing and submitting the 2013 NCCAOM Job Analysis Survey. One PDA point is automatically awarded for completing the survey demographic information and one PDA point will be awarded for each examination content area of the survey completed.
Required documentation includes: Confirmation of completion to include the examination content areas of the survey completed.

See Appendix 1 of the NCCAOM® Recertification Handbook for a list of all Professional Enhancements which, includes a description of the enhancement and documentation requirements.

Difference between Recertification and Reinstatement ▼

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