Title 16, Article 2. Applications Generally
All statements submitted by or on behalf of an applicant shall be made under penalty of perjury.
Documentation submitted by or on behalf of the applicant shall be certified by the appropriate official or governmental seal or authority. The board in its discretion may waive this requirement when it is determined that it cannot be obtained through the exercise of due diligence.
All documentation submitted in a language other than English shall be accompanied by a translation into English certified by a translator other than the applicant who shall attest to the accuracy of such translation under penalty of perjury.
- (a) All new applications for examination shall be submitted on a form provided by the board, accompanied by such statements and documents as required. All such applications shall be received in the board's Sacramento office at least 120 calendar days prior to the date of the examination for which the application is made.
- (b) All applications for re-examination shall be submitted on a form provided by the board ("Application Update for Examination/Licensure", revised 3/96), accompanied by such statements and documents as required. All such applications shall be received in the board's office at least 30 calendar days prior to the date of the examination for which the application is made.
- (c) All transcripts and supporting documents from qualifying education institutions or tutorial supervisors shall be received in the board's office at least 30 calendar days prior to the date of examination for which an application was made.
- (d) The board may waive the foregoing filing dates if there are difficulties with the administration of the examination or other circumstances warrant.
- (a) Any applicant whose application is denied, may submit within fifteen (15) calendar days from the date of rejection, a request in writing that his or her application be presented to the board for further evaluation.
- (b) If the board determines that an applicant has met the requirements for acupuncture licensure, it shall schedule the applicant for examination.
- (c) Nothing in this section shall be constructed to deprive an applicant of his or her rights of appeal as afforded by other provisions of law.
- (a) Each applicant shall have completed the education or tutorial requirements set forth in these regulations as documented by the registrar of each school from which the applicant attended or from the applicant's tutor, in the case of a tutorial program.
- (1) All applicants for examination who are enrolled in an approved acupuncture and Oriental Medicine educational training program prior to January 1, 2005, shall have completed the coursework and training set forth in Section 1399.436.
- (2) All applicants for examination who are enrolled in an approved acupuncture and Oriental medicine educational training program on or after January 1, 2005, shall have completed the coursework and training set forth in Section 1399.434.
- (c) All applicants applying for examination shall meet the minimum educational or tutorial requirements set forth in these regulations at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the examination for which the application has been made.
In order for documented educational training and clinical experience to qualify for licensure under Section 4938, subdivision (b)(3) of the Code, the applicant shall document that such education and experience meets the requirements of Section 1399.436, subsections (a), (b), and (c) or, if applicable, Section 1399.434. All foreign trained applicants shall submit documentation of his or her education to a credentials evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services, Inc. for review and a report to the board. This report shall be filed by the applicant with his or her application for examination.
- (a) An application for examination shall be deemed to have been abandoned and the applicant's fee forfeited in any of the following circumstances:
- The applicant fails to complete his or her application within 180 calendar days after it has been filed. An application shall be deemed complete when all documents and information required to determine eligibility for examination have been submitted to the board.
- The applicant fails to take the licensing examination within two years after the date that he or she is notified by the board of his/her eligibility to take the examination, unless prior to the application being deemed abandoned, the applicant submits a written explanation to the board, of his or her inability to appear for the examination. The board may extend the applicant's eligibility to take the examination for two more consecutive administrations of the examination.
- The applicant, after failing the examination, fails to take a re-examination within two years after the date the applicant was notified of such failure, unless prior to the application being deemed abandoned, the applicant submits a written explanation to the board, of his or her inability to appear for the examination. The board may extend the applicant's eligibility to take the examination for two more consecutive administrations of the examination.
- (b) An application submitted after the abandonment of a former application for examination shall be treated as a new application.
- (c) An applicant who, after passing the examination, fails to submit a complete application for licensure within three years after the date he or she is notified of his or her eligibility for licensure shall be deemed to have abandoned his or her application for licensure. An application submitted after the abandonment for a former application for licensure shall be treated as a new application and the applicant shall take and pass the examination, if any, which would be required of him or her if an initial application for licensure was being made.
- (a) Within forty-five (45) calendar days after receipt of an application for examination, the board shall inform the applicant whether the application is complete and accepted for filing or that it is deficient and what specific information or documentation is required to complete the application.
- (b) Within forty-five (45) calendar days of receipt of a completed application, the applicant will be notified as to his/her eligibility for the written examination.
- (c) Within thirty (30) calendar days from the date the written examination is administered, candidates will be notified of their results, and if passed, will be offered, upon payment of the specified fee, a license to practice acupuncture.
- (d) The minimum, median and maximum processing times for examination results from the time of receipt of a complete application until the board makes a decision is set forth below.
Minimum -- 130 calendar days
Median -- 155 calendar days
Maximum -- 180 calendar days
These processing times apply to those candidates who take and pass the first available examination and who submit a complete application by the first available application deadline.
- (e) In addition to any other requirements for licensure, whenever it appears that an applicant for a license may be unable to perform as an acupuncturist safely because the applicant's ability to perform may be impaired due to mental illness, or physical illness affecting competency, the board may require the applicant to be examined by one or more physicians and surgeons or psychologists designated by the board. The board shall pay the full cost of such examination. An applicant's failure to comply with the requirement shall render his or her application incomplete.
The report of the evaluation shall be made available to the applicant.