CNT Online Course Overview & Update

Successful completion of the CCAOM Clean Needle Technique (CNT) course is one of the requirements for certification by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), as well as a licensing requirement in most states.

Administered by the Council as a one-day in-person class format since 1990, the COVID-19 pandemic required suspension of all CCAOM CNT classes, beginning in March. In response, Council approved a proposal to transition the CNT course to a fully-online format and the redevelopment team worked tirelessly to complete the initiative as quickly as possible. 

The new online course will be completed in three parts:

1) After registering and being approved for the course, candidates will access the CNT course content through their CCAOM portal. The online course features a series of self-paced online video lecture modules and quizzes which must all be completed prior to the date of the written exam.

2) Following completion of all modules, a live-proctored online written exam will be administered. When registering for the course, candidates will select their preferred date and time.

3) After passing the written exam, candidates will register for a  1-on-1 online practical exam that will be administered by an experienced CCAOM examiner.

The number of available exam dates will be limited, based on proctor and examiner availability.

UPDATE: Starting September 15, priority registration invitations are being sent to CNT course registrants from canceled spring & summer classes, (in the order of original class date)

The Council will strive to accommodate current registrants as quickly as possible. To expedite the registration process, current registrants are encouraged to: 

GENERAL REGISTRATION will open as soon as all current registrants from canceled classes have been offered priority registration invitations. 

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding! 

IMPORTANT!! The CNT Review Course: Acupuncture Safety course is NOT a substitute for the CNT online course. The CNT Review Course can only be used for California board and/or NCCAOM continuing education credits.