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How To Become A Certified Acupuncture Practitioner

Updated on March 15, 2011
Acupuncture is a precision profession, and you must become fully trained before you can practice on other people.
Acupuncture is a precision profession, and you must become fully trained before you can practice on other people.

Training to become a certified acupuncturist is no easy task, and there is a huge amount of information which you will need to learn regarding the proper placement of acupuncture needles, and why you place them there.

It is hard to write a definative guide on training for homeopthy, since different states and countries have varying laws and regulations. Either way you will have to be willing to put in a huge amount of effort to become a successfully licenced accupuncturist.

Step One to Becoming a Certified Acupuncture Practitioner

To become a certified acupuncture practicioner you must first gain a qualification which has been approved by the ACAOM (Accreditation commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Most of these courses are equivelant to a masters degree, so will need at least some college education to aquire.

The ACAOM accreditation will allow you to take the NCCAOM examination which you will require for an Acupunctiure practitioners licence.

Step Two to Becoming a Certified Acupuncture Practitioner

To gain the Certified Acupuncture Practitioner licence you may be required to complete as much as 800 hours of time practicing Acupuncture under the supervision of an already certified acupuncturist.

This time may aat first seem arduous, but it gives you uparralled first hand experience at acupuncture in a clinical environment.

Step Three to Becoming a Certified Acupuncture Practitioner

Check to see if you can legally practice.  Some states and countries have much tighter laws on the practice of acupuncture than others. You have to make sure that the area you live in allows you to practice acupuncture, many states require you to work in a licensed practice, or even under medical supervision.

This can be extremely restrictive on both your charges, and the amount of customers you can treat, and is far from ideal.

Step Four to Becoming a Certified Acupuncture Practitioner

You will need to complete a NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) examination. Take the NCCAOM exam you will need to have completed an ACAOM qualification.To gain an acupuncture licence in most states the NCCAOM qualification is a minimum requirement for an acupuncture practitioners licence.

What Should I Do Once I Get My Acupuncture Licence?

Once you have gained your acupuncture licence in the state you wish to practice in you can start planning onhow you will conduct your business. While some states will restrict your activities, you may be able to make house calls, open your own practice, or work in a currently established practice.

What ever you decide to do, when you have become a certified acupuncture practitioner you will be able to kick off your acupuncture career!


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    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Send me £1000 and I will send you a certificate :D

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      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Good content, Oli...but no thanks, I'd rather be a certified writer! LOL...Good job!


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