The California Acupuncture Board(Board) has received questions from stakeholders expressing interest and requesting clarification regarding the use of their California acupuncture license to achieve the Route 8 Reciprocal OM Certificate (Route 8), issued by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

The Board recommends that any California Licensed Acupuncturist interested in obtaining the Route 8 certification for the purposes of licensure in another state first check with that state's regulatory entity to determine if this certification pathway will be accepted as qualification for licensure (in that state).

This recommendation has been noticed directly to Route 8 applicants on NCCAOM's website:

This route may or may not allow successful CA Route applicants who become NCCAOM Diplomates to apply for licensure in other states. 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 CA Route applicants.

Last Updated: 7/22/2019