Acupuncture Certification Requirements

Evidence of the completion of a Naturopathic Medical/Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture program that includes a minimum of 50 hours of supervised clinical training by a licensed acupuncturist or practitioner authorized by the College; and evidence of a minimum of 200 hours of study in Traditional Oriental Medicine, which must include:

a) Syndrome differentiation and formulation of point prescriptions;
b) Traditional acupuncture anatomy, physiology and pathology; and 
c) Acupuncture and Moxibustion techniques and point location.


A naturopathic physician licensed in another province of Canada or another country who is qualified to practice in BC and is certified to practice acupuncture elsewhere, may automatically be granted certification to practice acupuncture in BC upon review of their records by the Quality Assurance Committee.

To maintain valid certification, registrants must satisfy the College’s Continuing Education (CE) Requirements (see Category “E”).