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The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization established in 1982. The NCCAOM is the only national organization that validates entry-level competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) through professional certification. NCCAOM certification or a passing score on the NCCAOM certification examinations are documentation of competency for licensure as an acupuncturist by 46 states plus the District of Columbia which represents 98% of the states that regulate acupuncture.

The Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Oriental Medicine NCCAOM certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and carry the NCCA seal.

In order for the NCCAOM certification programs to remain the NCCAOM must adhere to strict national accreditation standards for administration of the certification programs and examination development. All Diplomate level certification examinations must meet 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 for the NCCAOM certification programs, the NCCAOM must submit annual reports to NCCA and the certification programs must undergo a full NCCA reaccreditation every five years; which was last completed in 2017. Additional information is available at the Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) website at

Who We Are

To assure the safety and well-being of the public and to advance and advocate for the professional practice of NCCAOM Board-Certified AcupuncturistsTM by promoting established national standards focused on competence and credentialing.

NCCAOM Board-Certified AcupuncturistsTM will be globally recognized and integral to person-centered healthcare and accessible to all members of the public. NCCAOM Board Certification will be nationally recognized by all employers and government entities as the standard for acupuncturists.

Through its commitment to lifelong learning and the highest quality of credentialing standards for public safety, the NCCAOM upholds the values of integrity, community, service, inclusiveness, advocacy, and accountability in all of its interactions and relationships.


Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Statement

The NCCAOM® actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We strive to embed these principles in all we do, creating an environment where all can thrive.
We believe that…

Diversity is the representation of many different demographic backgrounds, identities (both innate and selected), and the collective strengths of their experiences, beliefs, values, skills, and perspectives.

An Equitable environment recognizes and eliminates barriers to full participation at individual and systemic levels, challenges intentional and unintentional forms of bias, harassment, and discrimination.

Inclusion is the act of establishing philosophies, policies, practices, and procedures so that organizations and individuals contributing to the Commission’s success have fair, equal, and unbiased access to opportunities, information, and resources.

June 2021

What We Do

Certification/ Recertification 45%
NCCAOM Exam Development 40%
Continuing Education 15%