Acupuncture Certification

Acupuncture Certification

A naturopathic physician certified in Acupuncture is not permitted to delegate this activity to any other person. It is professional  misconduct to delegate any restricted activity, including this procedure

In order to apply for certification in Acupuncture, naturopathic physicians must:

  1. Have the status of full registrant under s. 46 of the College Bylaws;
  2. Possess a current qualification in Naturopathic Advanced Life Support (NALS); and
  3. Provide 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:
    • Syndrome differentiation and formulation of point prescriptions;
    • Traditional acupuncture anatomy, physiology and pathology; and
    • 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:

    1. Basic Life Support (BLS) for HCP, or CPR for HCP with AED; and
    2. Naturopathic Advanced Life Support (NALS).