The NCCAOM is a private, voluntary certification organization. It awards certification in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Oriental Medicine. It does not award licenses to practice acupuncture or other forms of Oriental medicine. In the United States, licensure laws vary among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and United States territories and possessions. Currently, NCCAOM certification or the passage of the NCCAOM exams is required in 98% of the states that regulate the practice of acupuncture. Please visit the State Licensure Map page of the website for more information on state licensure requirements.