PITAHC Guidelines for Certification of Acupuncturists

For Integrative Health practitioners who wish to be Certified Acupuncturists, the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) provides the National Guideline for Acupuncturists and Accreditation of Acupuncture Training Programs, Training Centers and Clinics on its website.

INAM Philippines is a PITAHC-accredited Training Center for Acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) courses. The following is an excerpt from the document, pertaining to the requirements needed for those who wish to pursue accreditation as a Certified Acupuncturist.

“Article 30. National Certification for Acupuncture (NCA) Applicant Candidates for National Certification for Acupuncture must possess the following qualifications and submit the following requirements:

30.1 Candidates for Certifie d Associate Acupuncturist must be:

30.1.1 A graduate of 240 hours Basic Health Skills Training with 600 hours OJT or equivalent course; and

30.1.2 A graduate of 240 hours Basic Acupuncture Training with 500 hours supervised Clinical Practice, and having properly managed, within a one a half year period from the time the training started, no fewer than 30 different patterns of disharmony handled

30.2 Candidates for Certified Acupuncturist must be:

30.2.1 A Certified Acupuncture Associate or completion of 30.1.1 and 30.1.2 requirements above

30.2.2 Independent clinical practicum for at least 460 hours, having properly managed no fewer than 30 different patterns of disharmony covering any or all of the different categories mentioned under Certified Associate Acupuncturist level

30.2.3 A graduate of 480 hours advanced Acupuncture Training with 960 hours OJT/internship of having properly managed, within a one a half-year period from the time the training started, no fewer than 60 different patterns of disharmony handled as Certified Associate Acupuncturist

30.3 Candidates for Certified Associate Medical Acupuncturist must be:

30.3.1 A licensed physician of good moral character

30.3.2 A graduate of not less than 200 hours of limited training in acupuncture for Physicians as a technique for clinical work with 120 hours of Basic Principles and Theories, 80 hours of supervised Clinical Practice and properly managed, within a one and a half year period from the time the training started, no fewer than 30 different patterns of disharmony handled as Certified Associate Medical Acupuncturist.

30.4 Candidates for Certified Medical Acupuncturist must be:

30.4.1 A Certified Associate Medical Acupuncturist or completion of 30.2.1 and 30.2.2 requirements above; and

30.4.2 Independent clinical practicum for at least 460 hours, having properly managed no fewer than 30 different patterns of disharmony covering any or all of the different categories mentioned in Certified Associate Medical Acupuncturist level

30.4.3 A graduate of 1300 hours of full course of training in acupuncture for Physicians with 380 hours Basic Principles and Theories, 500 hours Clinical Work and 420 hours supervised Clinical Practicum having properly managed within a one a half year period from the time the training started, no fewer than 60 different patterns of disharmony different from those handled as Certified Associate Medical Acupuncturist.

30.5 Applicant must present an original copy of certificate of completion of the formal training from a PITAHC certified acupuncture trainer or an accredited acupuncture training center.

30.6 A Portfolio assessment is made for special cases of Filipino acupuncturists trained abroad.

30.7 Applicant must present a valid health certificate duly issued by a government physician.

30.8 Applicant must submit a duly accomplished Application Form for National Certification Examination attached with current photograph.

30.9 Applicant must pay all the necessary fees”