A well-constructed job analysis (JA) study is the foundation of a defensible professional certification program, establishing the link between test scores achieved on a certifying examination and the core knowledge, skills, and abilities that all competent practitioners must possess. A successful JA study promotes exam content that is relevant, fair, and appropriate, which in turn leads to legally-defensible, high-quality certification programs.
To ensure that all certifying exams reflect current acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) practice, the NCCAOM conducts a research-based JA study at minimum every 5 years. The most recent JA study, completed in November 2017, was conducted only 4 years after the prior JA study in 2013. Part of the reason for this was to advance the NCCAOM’s efforts to grant reciprocal certification to state-licensed acupuncturists who passed the California Acupuncture Licensure Examination (CALE). The most up-to-date information on this initiative can be found in the NCCAOM fact sheet for for California Licensed Acupuncturists and Other Interested Stakeholders about the NCCAOM Testing and Certification Program.
While the primary purpose of a JA study is to update the NCCAOM exam content outlines to reflect current, entry-level AOM practice, another important purpose is to establish a practice-profile of licensed acupuncturists. To collect this information, the NCCAOM conducts the only national survey of the AOM profession. The purpose of the survey is to gather job-related data from practitioners including:
Demographic characteristics such as practice type/setting, U.S. state of practice, gender, race and ethnicity
What knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) are used on-the-job, and how important they are to safe and effective practice
Biomedical pharmaceutical classes, supplements, and medical conditions encountered in practice
Acupuncture techniques and Extra Points used in practice
Formulas and individual herbs applied and/or prescribed in practice
Click on the links at the bottom left side of the screen to access full copies of the 2008 and 2013 NCCAOM job analysis study reports. An Executive Summary of the 2017 NCCAOM job analysis report is available until the final report is posted in June 2018.