Wisconsin Acupuncture BoardP.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
Wisconsin only recently passed legislation that calls for the regulation of acupuncture in the state. The specific law dealing with acupuncture is Chapter 451 of the Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations (WSA), which went into effect in 2009. Through this law, the regulating body for acupuncturists and acupuncture licensing in Wisconsin is the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), and detailed regulations can be found in Wisconsin Administrative Code (WAC) Chapters SPS 70 – SPS 73.
Acupuncture Certification in Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, acupuncturists are issued certifications instead of licenses. To receive certification, individuals must first meet the qualifications and arrange for all supporting evidence to be submitted to the state. After this is arranged, a qualified acupuncturist has to complete an official application and have it notarized. Finally, the application and the applicable fees must be mailed to the DSPS Division of Professional Credential Processing.
After the application is received by the DSPS, processing usually takes seven business days, but this may increase to 15 business days when the office is at peak volume. After an application is processed, supporting evidence is matched against it until all of the necessary credentials are received. When applications are fully processed, an email will be sent indicating whether certification is complete, additional evidence is required or the application has been denied.
Qualifying for Acupuncture Certification
Wisconsin allows acupuncturists to be certified through two means: national certification or reciprocity. National certification is obtainable from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Applicants who wish to receive Wisconsin certification based on national certification must meet the following qualifications:
- Applicants must successfully complete a course approved by the NCCAOM on clean needle technique.
- Applicants must successfully complete a program in acupuncture from an institution that has been approved by the NCCAOM or accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Such programs must consist of at least two academic years of study and clinical training.
- Applicants must pass the NCCAOM exam in acupuncture.
- Verification of any acupuncture certifications or licenses held in other states must be submitted to the DSPS.
- A check or money order made payable to the DSPS in the amount of $75 must be submitted by national-certification applicants.
Wisconsin allows for certification through reciprocity. This means that applicants who are licensed or certified in other states only have to validate these credentials and have the board ascertain that the qualifications in at least one of the other states is comparable to those in Wisconsin. Reciprocity applicants need to complete the following tasks:
- Verify current certifications or licenses with the DSPS
- Submit copies of the rules and statutes concerning acupuncture licensing in states where a certification or license is held
- Submit an Affidavit of Active Acupuncture Practice Form #2773
- Submit a check or money order in the amount of $107