Monday, January 7th, 2013
NCCAOM® Programs Receive NCCA Reaccreditation for Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Oriental Medicine Certification Programs
Media Contact: Mina Larson
Jacksonville, FL – (January 2, 2013) The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is pleased to announce that it has been granted reaccreditation for its certification programs in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Oriental Medicine by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for a period of five years through August 30, 2017.
NCCAOM first attained NCCA accreditation for its Acupuncture Certification Program in 1991, and the Chinese Herbology Program was subsequently accredited in 1996. The Oriental Medicine Certification Program became accredited for the first time in 2007. To view the NCCA website of accredited certification programs, please go to the NCCA-Accredited Programs Directory.
“NCCA accreditation is another demonstration that NCCAOM’s certification programs are of the highest quality. The public and state regulators can feel confident that an NCCAOM certified practitioner has met nationally recognized standards of competency and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine,” said Kory Ward-Cook, CAE, Ph.D., NCCAOM’s Chief Executive Officer.
NCCA is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Established in 1977, the NCCA is the leader in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations. NCCA accredits certifying programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification to ensure that these programs adhere to current standards of practice in the certification industry. Accreditation clearly demonstrates that NCCAOM’s procedures are rigorous and defensible, thus increasing the value of NCCAOM’s certifications. Please visit the ICE website to view NCCA’s standards.
The NCCA standards require demonstration of a valid and reliable process for development, implementation, maintenance, and governance of certification programs. NCCA uses a rigorous peer review process to establish accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with the standards; recognize organizations/programs which demonstrate compliance; and serve as a resource on quality certification. Certification organizations that submit their programs for accreditation are evaluated based on the process and products, and not the content; therefore, the Standards are applicable to all professions and industries. Program content validity is demonstrated by comprehensive job analyses conducted and analyzed by subject matter experts, informed by data gathered from stakeholders in the occupation or industry.
Information about NCCAOM certification programs and a directory of certified practitioners are available at www.nccaom.org.
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in 1982. The mission of NCCAOM is to establish, assess, and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public.