Washington Acupuncture CEU / PDA Requirements



Also referred to as, East Asian medicine practitioners, licensed acupuncturists in the state of Washington must renew their license every year. Credentials expire on the credential holder’s birthday and may be renewed within 90 days of the expiration date.

If you hold an NCCAOM license and are seeking to renew, please visit the NCCAOM PDA or CEU course page.

Training in acupuncture doesn’t end after graduates have taken the National Certification exam through the NCCAOM ( National  Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). As with many disciplines, it is necessary that licensed acupuncturist continue training in acupuncture to maintain up to date techniques, and to retain licensure for practice.

Acupuncture continuing education classes are vital for acupuncturist to maintain and upgrade their skills and retain credibility in the field. Acupuncture and Oriental Medical treatments are constantly evolving and thus, you will need to continue your education even after you have established your practice. On learning new strategies, improving your techniques and staying in touch with seasoned veterans in the field.

Washington Acupuncture CEU AND PDA

CEU courses at ACE are approved for NCCAOM PDAs. You can find different categories such as: Bio-Medicine, Ethics, Safety, and Practice management courses. Required core NCCAOM PDAs are safety, ethics, and Bio-Medicine. These courses are accepted by the NCCAOM for your diplomate recertification.

The process of getting Washington continuing education credits is simple, convenient, and easy: Download the course, finish the online quiz, and receive a certificate of completion immediately online. You can finish all your continuing education requirements on you desktop, mobile phone, or I-Pad. Reading material are printable. Courses are either in Written format or in a Live webinar. Visit our Acupuncture CEUs page to find out about any other state requirements.

Continuing Education Unit is a nationally recognized unit for time spent on studying to enhance professional development. One hour of instruction equals one CEU. CEU provides acupuncturist with a permanent record of continuing education and training for professionals to prove to state licensing boards, that they are undergoing ongoing training and development in their field.

It helps acupuncturist to keep abreast of new developments in the field such as any new techniques that are been introduce. CEU provides credibility in the field.

An acupuncture license indicates that practitioners have acquired specific training standards, it is essential that licensed practitioners continue to maintain up to date skills through post-graduate or continuing professional development activity- (PDA) acupuncture classes.

License requirements:

To become a licensed practitioner within the medical profession of acupuncture in Washington, one must pass The National Certificate Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Examination. Applicants must pass the following exams modules administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM):


*Foundations for Oriental Medicine

*Acupuncture with Point Location

1. Minimum of two years training in basic sciences.

*45 Credits or 450 hours

Mandatory courses are: – *Anatomy *Physiology *Microbiology *Biochemistry *Survey of Western Clinical Science *Hygiene

2. 75 credits or 750 hours minimum science courses.

Mandatory courses are: – Therapeutics *Diagnosis *Fundamental principal *Pathology *Techniques and Electro Acupuncture.

3. 500 hours of supervised clinical training and 100 hours of observation that includes case presentation and discussion.

*400 hours of patient treatment.

Renewal Requirements:

Licensed acupuncturist must renew their license every year. Credentials  expires on the holder’s birthday and may be renewed within 90 days of the expiration date.

Washington State Acupuncture Continuing Education CEUs