We have an opportunity to help Californians, and all acupuncturists, but we need to act now. As I’ve written before, states setting their own super-special requirements for acupuncturists seeking licensure is expensive and limiting for practitioners and the profession. I’ve never seen evidence that the public benefits from such requirements.
California has been one of the worst offenders. An exploration of the unique educational requirements can wait for another day, but we now have an opportunity to do something about the exam. (Please note – much of what follows is based on my best understanding of the situation from respected colleagues in California. I have not been personally able to fully research the California situation.)
The California exam has had problems for years, among the lowlights — a California Acupuncture Board (CAB) chair sent to prison for selling the exam; a point location exam shown to be so subjective that the State mandated that the CAB cease using it; incidents of extremely high failure rates and serious scoring errors; and CAB’s refusal to compare two exams for possible unfair scoring.
A recent Sunset Committee is turning up the heat on the CAB. Senator Lieu, the Sunset Committee chair, may support a bill that will allow potential licensees to take the NCCAOM exam rather than the California state licensing exam. It is time to let the Senator know that this change would benefit the people of California and all acupuncturists.
Please send emails this week to:
marty.block@Sen.ca.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Anna.Caballero@scsa.ca.gov, Denise.Brown@dca.ca.gov, Tracy.Rhine@dca.ca.gov, Sonja.Merold@dca.ca.gov, LeOndra.Clark@sen.ca.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Spencer.Walker@dca.ca.gov
Some possible language —
I formally request that the Sunset Review Committee mandate that the CAB and staff use the national certification exam (NCCAOM) as the main exam for California Acupuncture licensure.
The NCCAOM exam is widely known to be a fair and comprehensive exam. It is relied upon in almost every state except California. Those practitioners who are credentialed by the NCCAOM have an excellent safety record. To require a unique exam for California, especially one shown to have ongoing problems, increases expenses for all California practitioners, costs which are ultimately borne by the public.
I urge you to require the use of the NCCAOM exams as the main exam for CAB licensure.
Thank you for your consideration.
We will all be better off when meeting one set of standards allows us to practice anywhere in the country. Changing the situation in California would be a wonderful step in the right direction.
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