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This Route (NCCAOM certification for CA licensed acupuncturists) is to obtain NCCAOM Certification in Oriental Medicine for all California licensed acupuncturists who meet eligibility requirements. The CA Route was opened on February 1, 2019 and will close on September 30, 2021. No NCCAOM examinations for certification are required if all requirements are met.

Application Deadline Submission Extended: Due to the difficult circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic in the state of California, the NCCAOM has extended the application deadline for the NCCAOM Certification Route for California Licensed Acupuncturist from December 31, 2020 to September 30, 2021 to allow more time for eligible candidates to apply for this route. Applicants with open, non-expired application on file as of September 30, 2021 will have time until December 31, 2021 to complete all requirements for NCCAOM certification via CA Route. Any applicant who has not submitted all requirements as of December 31, 2021 will not be able to complete the certification process. The NCCAOM worked closely with its programmatic accrediting body, National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), to be able to change current application deadline requirements. Interested applicants can obtain more information to include eligibility requirements and application instructions via the NCCAOM website. Our dedicated staff is also available to help you via [email protected]

Updated Eligibility: Candidates for CA Route certification  must hold an active free and clear CA Acupuncture license and pass the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam (CALE) no later than January 12, 2020. If CA Acupuncture License was obtained after January 12, 2020, applicant must request proof from the California Acupuncture Board (CAB) of having completed the CALE before January 13, 2020.