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Continuing Education for Acupuncturists

As a prerequisite for acupuncturist registration, practitioners are required to complete continuing acupuncture education.


As of September 2018 Acupuncturist Registration/Renewal began the process of renewing biennially (every 2 years).

In order to stagger the roll out of the biennial renewals, all licensed Acupuncturists were separated out into 2 groups.  Licenses ending with an even number registered for 2 years in 2018.  Licenses ending with an odd number registered for one year in 2018 and then registered for two years in 2019.  Once the roll out is complete, even license numbers will continue to renew in even years, and odd license numbers will renew in odd years.


New Human Trafficking Prevention Requirement

House Bill 2059 (86th Legislature) requires physicians, physician assistants, and any licensee of the TMB’s advisory boards or committees that provide direct patient care, to complete a human trafficking prevention course approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). This requirement applies to the renewal of a license on or after September 1, 2020.

HHSC is the approving body for the human trafficking prevention requirement. HB 2059 requires HHSC to approve training courses on human trafficking, including at least one that is free of charge, post a list of approved trainings on its website and update the list of approved trainings as necessary.

HHSC now has an approved course available, which is free of charge, that satisfies the requirements for all licensees impacted by HB 2059.



Documentation of CE courses shall be made available to the Board upon request, but should not be submitted with the registration. Random audits will be made to assure compliance.

If you have any questions regarding continuing education requirements, please email us at .


The required hours shall be from courses that meet at least one of the qualifications listed below:

  • designated or otherwise approved for credit by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners based on a review and recommendation of the course content by the Education Committee of the board  (see “Board Approved CAE Courses” tab below),
  • are offered by Approved Providers  (see “Board Approved CAE Providers” tab below),
  • have been approved for CAE credit for a minimum of 3 years by another state acupuncture board after having gone through a formal approval process,
  • approved by the NCCAOM for professional development activity credit, OR
  • provided outside the United States by a provider of continuing acupuncture education that are acceptable to the Board.
  • Acupuncturists

    Texas Acupuncture Schools

    All three are accredited acupuncture schools in Texas.

    AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine

    4701 West Gate Blvd.
    Austin, Texas 78745
    Phone: (512) 454-1188
    Fax: (512) 454-7001

    American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

    9100 Park West Drive
    Houston, Texas 77063
    Phone: (713) 780-9777
    Fax: (713) 781-5781

    Texas Health and Science University

    4005 Manchaca Road, Suite 200
    Austin, Texas 78704
    Phone: (512) 444-8082

    Certifying Organizations

    National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (formerly NCCA)
    11 Canal Center Plaza Suite 300
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    (703) 548-9004

    The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) 
    3909 National Drive, Suite 125 
    Burtonsville, MD 20866 
    301-476-7790 (ph) 
    301-476-7792 (fax)

    Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (formerly NACSCAOM)
    Maryland Trade Center #3
    7501 Greenway Center Court 
    Suite 820
    Greenbelt, MD 20770
    (301) 313-0855

    Board Rules require the posting of a notice of complaint procedure in English and Spanish. The signs must be displayed prominently, supplied with all bills for services, and/or placed on all registration forms, applications or contracts.