Acupuncture Licensing in HawaiiDCCA-PVL ATT: ACU P.O. Box 3469 Honolulu, HI 96801 Phone: 808.586.2698
The responsibility for acupuncture licensing in Hawaii falls under the Department of Commerce & Commercial Affairs, Professional and Vocational Licensing. The Regulatory Body, the Board of Acupuncture, consists of three acupuncturists and two members of the public. Possession of a license to practice acupuncture from another jurisdiction is not sufficient to practice in the State of Hawaii. All applicants must meet each one of the following requirements:
Education and training
- A certificate or diploma from an academic institution recognized by the United States Department of Education or an appropriate foreign government agency.
- The certificate or diploma must be for an academic program of 2,175 hours of at least 1,515 hours of academic study in the science of acupuncture (traditional oriental medicine) plus a clinical training program of 660 hours.
- An official transcript bearing the school’s seal. The transcript must bear a breakdown of academic and clinical hours studied.
- A photocopy of the relevant certificate or diploma.
Prior to 2004, the candidate should have passed the Comprehensive Written Exam (CWE), or its equivalent, of the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
After 2004, the candidate will have passed the revised NCCAOM exam consisting of two parts: the Foundations of Oriental Medicine Module (FOMM) and the Acupuncture Module (AM).
Applicants who have already passed the NCCAOM exam(s) may obtain a Waiver of Exam. Applicants must still meet the necessary academic and clinical training and other requirements in place at the time of application.
If the application has been certified in other jurisdictions, a Verification of License form must be submitted along with the license application for the State of Hawaii. Responsibility for paying any fees necessary to obtain such verification is the responsibility of the applicant.
Fees for examination
A non-refundable fee of $50 is payable on submission of an application to take the exam. Once the application for examination is approved by the Board and the examination is passed, additional fees will be assessed. Fees for Exam Waiver, will depend on when the license will be issued.
- For a license to be issued between July 1 of an odd-numbered year and June 30 of an even-numbered year, the total fee is $295.
- For a license to be issued between July 1 of an even-numbered year or June 30 of an odd-numbered year, the total fee is $185.
Advanced Academic Education
In order to practice acupuncture using the title, ‘Doctor,’ additional acupuncture licensing in Hawaii is required. At least 500 hours of advanced academic education is required.