Acupuncture Canada awards the ACC designation (Acupuncture Canada Certification). The first ACC designations were awarded in February 2016. The ACC designation can be achieved when students successfully complete four courses (AA1, AA2, BTCM and AA3) as well as successfully completing both a written and practical examination following those courses.
The professional designation, CAFCI (Certified by Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute) is no longer awarded. The designation is still recognized and used by the many practitioners who earned it over the years, but along with the organization’s name change and a move to a new educational Core Program, the decision was made to phase out the CAFCI.
Regulatory bodies across Canada, and elsewhere, have a variety of standards in place before a health professional can practice acupuncture. You should always check with your college to understand what level of training you might require.
Acupuncture Canada’s program is purposefully flexible to allow professionals the opportunity to complete the training required by their individual regulator for entry to practice. For example, most chiropractors in Canada require 200 hours of training plus an examination before being able to practice. Our Core Program offers 200 hours of training with follow-up exams. Physiotherapists in British Columbia and Alberta are required to complete the AA1 and AA2 courses plus examinations before being able to practice, so physiotherapists can take those two courses and complete the Level 1 Examinations to satisfy their regulators’ requirements.
In early 2017, Acupuncture Canada is making adjustments to its Core Program to satisfy the requirements of Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario. Ontario RMTs have a competency-based approach to their entry to practice requirements and our program fits their requirements too.
If you have questions about what training you need to take, it is best to contact your regulator. And then, please feel free to ask us how our program can help you reach your training goals.