A1: A former Diplomate (anyone who was once certified by the NCCAOM) will be able to apply under the new Time-limited Reinstatement Route. The requirements listed below must be submitted within the 6-month open application period.
A. Active Acupuncture State License:
An applicant must document they have an active state acupuncture license that is free of disciplinary action at the time they apply for reinstatement. The applicant must also submit documentation validating continuous state licensure that is clear of disciplinary actions during the terminated period. This includes all states where a license was or is currently held. Applicants with disciplinary actions may be considered and will follow the NCCAOM® Code of Ethics, NCCAOM® Grounds for Professional Discipline, and NCCAOM® Procedures for Upholding Professional Conduct.
Applicants must submit a CPR Certificate of Completion completed within four (4) years prior to their reinstatement application date. Only one (1) CPR Certificate is submitted for the reinstatement process. Four (4) PDA/CEU points may be applied to the Core Competency category.
Applicants must complete a 2-hour safety (SA) course (2 PDA/CEU points) within four (4) years of the reinstatement application submission date.
Applicants must complete a 2-hour ethics (ET) course (2 PDA/CEU points) within four (4) years of the reinstatement application submission date.
E. Clean Needle Technique (CNT):
Documentation for the original Clean Needle Technique course offered by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (CCAHM) must be recorded on file of applicant’s online certification account. Applicants must also complete CCAHM’s online course CNT Review Course: Acupuncture Safety within four (4) years of the reinstatement application submission date. CNT Review course is not required for reinstatement to Chinese Herbology Certification. Applicants may report the CNT Review Course: Acupuncture Safety for 4 PDA/CEU credits to their reinstatement transcript.
F. Background Screening:
Applicants must complete background screening through NCCAOM’s vendor, Private Eyes. The minimal fee $30 is paid directly to the vendor.
G. Core Competency Maintenance:
Documentation of PDAs/CEUs in the Core Competency categories are required based on each individual’s certification expiration date. All PDA/CEUs may be earned as coursework completed in a classroom or e-learning environment and may be earned at any point of time during the individual’s terminated period.
H. Reinstatement Safety Evaluation:
All applicants must pass the NCCAOM® Reinstatement Safety-Evaluation by 75%. The Safety Evaluation is a set of 50 questions completed online in the allotted time of one (1) hour. If the applicant scores less than 75%, five (5) PDAs/CEUs in continuing education coursework must be completed in each weak domain area. There is no fee for taking the safety-evaluation.
H. Reinstatement Final Assessment (8+ years Terminated):
Applicants who are terminated for eight (8) years or more must successfully pass the NCCAOM® Reinstatement Final Assessment by 75%. Fifty (50) questions are on the Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology Assessment which must be completed online in one (1) hour. Oriental Medicine has 75 questions and applicants are given one (1) hour and 15 minutes to complete the Assessment. Scores less than 75% require the applicant to complete five (5) PDAs/CEUs in each weak domain area and then retake the Final Assessment. There is a $40 fee for each attempt to pass the assessment.
H. Reinstatement Application:
Submission of the NCCAOM® Reinstatement to Active Certification Status Application is located in the former Diplomate’s online account. Instructions on “How to Complete a Reinstatement Application” are available on the website for applicants to view the steps of the online application.
The NCCAOM staff have created a Reinstatement Requirement Calculator, available on the NCCAOM website, to help calculate the number of points and fees for each applicant. To stay within the 12-month application validity timeline, it is recommended that applicants report their PDA/CEU certificates in their online Certification account before submitting their reinstatement application.