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The NCCAOM is excited to announce the implementation of a new Time-limited Reinstatement Route to Active NCCAOM Certification, which will launch on December 10, 2019.

The Route will be available for eighteen (18) months, ending June 30, 2022.  Anyone who was once certified by the NCCAOM and allowed their certification to terminate is eligible to apply.

A Reinstatement Taskforce worked together with input from the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) to create this Route in order for NCCAOM former Diplomates to be able to return to active status demonstrating competency maintenance by submitting PDAs/CEUs coursework in the Core Competency categories.

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Q1: What are the requirements for the New Reinstatement Route?

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.   State Licensure:

Document maintenance of a continuous state license(s) that is free and clear of any and all disciplinary actions. This includes all state(s) where a license was or is currently held. The applicant must hold an active state license that is free and clear at the time of applying for reinstatement. Applicants with disciplinary actions may be considered and will follow the NCCAOM’s current NCCAOM® Code of Ethics, NCCAOM® Grounds for Professional Discipline, and NCCAOM® Procedures for Upholding Professional Conduct.

B.   CPR:

Complete a CPR program (4 PDA/CEU points) within the four (4) years prior to the application date.

C.   Safety:

       Complete a 2-hour, NCCAOM PDA approved safety (SA) course (2 PDA/CEU points) within the four (4) years prior to the application date.

D.  Ethics:

       Complete of a 2-hour, NCCAOM PDA approved ethics (ET) course (2 PDA/CEU points) within the four (4) years prior to the application date.

E.  Clean Needle Technique (CNT):

Ensure documentation of the face-to-face Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) Clean Needle Technique (CNT) certificate of completion on file with the NCCAOM, and completion of the CCAOM online CNT Review Course: Acupuncture Safety (4 PDA/CEU points) within the four (4) years prior to the application date (not required for Chinese Herbology Certification Reinstatement).

F.  Background Screening:

       Complete a background screening through NCCAOM’s background screening 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.

An individual whose certification has been terminated more than twelve (12) years will have to report a specific number of PDA/CEUs required in each core domain area.

H.  Reinstatement Application:

Submission of the NCCAOM® Reinstatement to Active Certification Status Application.  The application will be available online as of December 10, 2019 and is valid for six (6) months.  If requirements for certification are not met within 6-months of application submission, the applicant must reapply.

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.  It is recommended that applicants gather the PDA/CEU certificates and upload them prior to submission of the application, to ensure meeting the 6-month application timeline.

Q2: What are the steps to get reinstated?

A2: All former Diplomates in Terminated status already have an Online Portal with the NCCAOM.   In the portal, there are two links which must be used to complete the eligibility requirements for reinstatement under the new Route:

Report CE – an area is designated where all PDA/CEU requirements must be reported and certificates of completion uploaded.

Reinstate by CE  – the link used to access the Reinstatement Application. All NCCAOM application fees must be paid by credit card. If payment is not completed, the application will time-out in 24 hours and must be re-submitted. Each applicant must be prepared to upload the following documents during their application process:

A.   A copy of each state license(s) to practice acupuncture. If the applicant practiced in different states over the years, all licenses must be reported;

B.   Proof of a free and clear active license for the current state in which you are licensed. This document can be obtained from the state regulatory agency website or requested from the agency;

C.   Certificates of completion for CPR, Safety, and Ethics Coursework.

NOTE:  The applicant may complete the requirements in any order. However, it is strongly recommended to Report CE first, prior to submitting a Reinstatement application (Reinstate by CE).   Reminder: The Reinstatement application is valid for six (6) months.  If requirements for certification are not met within 6-months (the application validity period), the applicant must reapply.

The time limited Reinstatement Route will close on June 30, 2022. Any application in process as of June 10, 2021 will be finalized only if all requirements have been met. Any applicant who has not submitted all requirements as of June 30, 2022 will not be able to complete the reinstatement process. Application fees are non-refundable.

Q3: Why should I reinstate my terminated NCCAOM certification?

A3: Jobs. As acupuncture and herbal medicine become more widely accepted in the United States and with the opioid crisis bringing to the forefront the need for non-pharmaceutical treatment methods, employers, such as the Veterans Administration and federal government agencies, as well as third-party payors, are requiring NCCAOM certification. In addition, federal agencies rely on national standards such as NCCAOM National Board Certification. 25 states require NCCAOM certification to ensure a national standard of competency knowledge.

Q4: Do the PDA/CEU points for CPR, safety, ethics count towards the total PDA/CEU points due?

A4: Yes, all PDA/CEU points earned may be counted toward the total due based on your certification expiration date. In order to use the coursework for both, an eligibility requirement and towards the total PDA/CEU count due, the certificate of completion must be uploaded during the application process and a second time as part of the “Report CE” upload to the PDA/CEU transcript.

Q5: What do you mean by Core Competency categories?

A5: The Core Competency categories consist of AOM theory and foundations of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, biomedicine, safety, ethics, patient communications, legal and regulatory compliance, etc. Here is a link to a sample list (this list is not all inclusive) of Core Competency categories.

Q6: How will I know how many PDA points to submit and how much the fee will be?

A6: The number of points is determined by the amount of time an individual’s certification is past its expiration date. 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 application. The Reinstatement calculator will require the individual to enter the NCCAOM certification expiration date in order to receive the exact requirements for PDA/CEU points and application fees necessary to return to active NCCAOM certification status.

An individual whose certification has been terminated more than twelve (12) years will have to report a specific number of PDA/CEUs required in each core domain area.

Q7: What if I do not remember my NCCAOM ID # or my NCCAOM Certification expiration date?

A7: Every practitioner who was NCCAOM certified at any point of time since 1982 is listed in the NCCAOM Registry found on the NCCAOM website at https://directory.nccaom.org/Home/registry. You can look yourself up in the Registry to locate your NCCAOM ID number and NCCAOM Certification expiration date.

Q8: I know I was NCCAOM certified but my name is not in the Registry. What do I do?

A8: If you are not able to locate yourself in the NCCAOM Registry, please contact us at [email protected] for help. Each situation is unique and will require an additional investigation on a case by case basis.

Q9: When will the new Reinstatement Route application be available online?

A9 The new Reinstatement application will be available online as of December 10, 2019 and is valid for six (6) months.  If requirements for certification are not met within 6-months (the application validity period), the applicant must reapply. It is strongly recommended that you time the completion of your required continuing education for this route before your application expires.  Applications submitted on or after December 10, 2020 have only until June 30, 2022 to meet all eligibility requirements and submit all required materials in order for the reinstatement process to be finalized and the applicant to achieve NCCAOM active certification status.

Q10: Can I take courses now and apply them to my NCCAOM reinstatement?

A10: Yes, you may submit PDA/CEU courses that you currently are taking to meet reinstatement requirements. The total PDA/CEU points due is equal to: Documentation of competency maintenance during the terminated period, i.e. 60 hours (PDAs/CEUs) per each four (4) year NCCAOM recertification cycle. All PDAs/CEUs must be earned in coursework completed in a classroom or e-learning environment in the Core Competency recertification categories only.

  • One PDA/CEU is equal to one hour of active, instructor-led learning.
  • CEU certificates submitted and approved for state license renewal may be submitted for reinstatement.
  • One (1) credit earned in a formal degree program (e.g. DACM, DAOM, etc.) reported on a school transcript is equal to fifteen (15) PDAs/CEUs.

Q11: I have an open application for Reinstatement. Do I have to re-apply under the new Reinstatement Route?

A11: All current open valid NCCAOM Reinstatement Applications, where the individual has not passed the Reinstatement Exam requirement prior to December 31, 2019 must contact the NCCAOM at [email protected] to request a transfer to the new Reinstatement Route.  Many of the eligibility and documentation requirements are the same and will transfer to the new Reinstatement Application.  All eligibility and documentation requirements under the new Route must be met.  If the Reinstatement Exam has not been passed to demonstrate competency maintenance, all required PDA/CEU points must be submitted.

The NCCAOM will offer the Reinstatement exams between November 4 – 16, 2019 and has added a final Reinstatement exam administration from December 9 – 21, 2019.  Registration for the December administration opened November 1, 2019.  The Reinstatement exams will be permanently retired after the December exam administration.  If you choose to take the exam in November or December 2019 and pass the exam you will be certified after meeting all requirements under your original reinstatement route.

Q12: I have been licensed but I lived in different states. Am I eligible?

A12: Yes, you will need to provide a copy of each state license since the date your NCCAOM certification expired to demonstrate holding a continuous State license(s) free and clear of any and all disciplinary actions.  You must hold at least one active state license at the time of application.

Q13: I was certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. What are my requirements to reinstate?

A13: NCCAOM policy requires Diplomates to return to active status in their original certification(s).  Former Diplomates who held certifications in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology must first return to Active status in each certification. However, the required 60 hours of coursework per recertification cycle can be applied to both certifications. Once certified in both programs, the Diplomate has the option to apply for NCCAOM® Conversion to Oriental Medicine.

Q14: I have an Inactive state license. Can I apply?

A14:  No, an applicant must hold an active free and clear state license at the time of application.  All applicants for NCCAOM certification via the new Reinstatement Route must hold a continuous state Acupuncture license that is in good standing.  If the applicant has practiced in more than one state over the years, verification of all licenses must be provided during the online application process and copies of all licenses attached.  It is an applicant’s responsibility to provide proof of their current free and clear active license from the state Acupuncture Board at the time of the application submission.

Q15: Why is the Reinstatement Route available for only 18 months?

A15: Three (3) NCCAOM Certification programs (OM, AC, CH) are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).  The NCCAOM worked with the NCCA to develop the new Reinstatement Route.  One of the requirements was that the Route must be  time limited. The 18-month timeline was approved and during this period of time the NCCAOM will work on a permanent reinstatement route for terminated Diplomates.

Q16: Once I apply, how long do I have to complete the eligibility requirements before my reinstatement application expires?

A16: The NCCAOM® Reinstatement Application expires six (6) months after the application is submitted.  All documents must be uploaded to your NCCAOM online portal before the application expires. The former Diplomate can begin to upload course certificates into their online educational transcript at any time. It is advised to collect all PDA/CEU certificates and upload them into the educational transcript before submitting the reinstatement application and the other required documents.

Applications submitted on or after December 10, 2020 have only until June 30, 2022 to meet all eligibility requirements and submit all required materials in order for the reinstatement process to be finalized and the applicant to achieve NCCAOM active certification status.  Please contact [email protected] if assistance is needed to access the Certification portal.

Q17: What happens to applications that are still open when the Route closes on June 30, 2022?

A17: The time limited Reinstatement Route will close on June 30, 2022. Any application in process as of June 30, 2022 will be finalized only if all requirements have been met. Any applicant who has not submitted all requirements as of June 30, 2022 will not be able to complete the reinstatement process. Application fees are non-refundable.

Q18: Will I be able to become licensed in other states if I reinstate my NCCAOM certification?

A18: Licensure requirements vary from state to state; therefore, it is important to contact the state licensing board before applying for licensure. Some states require that candidates for state licensure send their NCCAOM exam results, while other states only require demonstration of NCCAOM Certification; therefore, the NCCAOM cannot guarantee portability to practice in any other state. For details on each state’s regulatory requirements for licensure as an acupuncturist, please see the interactive NCCAOM State Regulatory Map.

Q19: When I renew my state license will I still have to recertify with the NCCAOM to maintain my NCCAOM certification?

A19: A state license to practice and NCCAOM Certification are two completely different credentials and have to be obtained and maintained separately. Maintaining one does not substitute for the other. To maintain your state license to practice, you must renew your state license by submitting the state licensure renewal application and meeting all requirements of your state’s regulatory agency. To maintain your NCCAOM Certification you must recertify every four (4) years by submitting the NCCAOM Recertification Application and complete all requirements of the NCCAOM.

Q20: After I satisfy all requirements for the new Reinstatement Route, what else do I need to do to maintain my NCCAOM certification?

A20: Diplomates are required to maintain their NCCAOM Certification by meeting recertification requirements every four (4) years. Sixty (60) hours of professional development and a current CPR certification is required in the four-year recertification cycle. A minimum of thirty (30) hours is required in the Core Competency Section. Current NCCAOM recertification requirements can be found in the NCCAOM® Recertification Handbook and on the NCCAOM website at www.nccaom.org/diplomates/certification-renewal/