Illinois CEU Requirements


Required CEU Hours

The Illinois Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine is an approved CEU sponsor providing high quality continuing education classes for the Midwest Region. The Continuing Education Requirements for Illinois Acupuncturists are as follows:
Beginning with license renewal in 2005, Illinois acupuncturists will be required to complete thirty (30) hours of continuing education credits relevant to the practice of acupuncture. Herb courses do not count towards the 30 hours.
The following may be among the 30 hours:

  • A maximum of five (5) hours of self-study (including online) offered by an approved sponsor; each self-study course must include an examination.
  • A maximum of five (5) hours of postgraduate training programs or courses offered as part of the curriculum of an approved acupuncture school.
  • A maximum of five (5) hours for verified teaching in an approved acupuncture program or in a CEU program offered by an approved sponsor; the credit will be applied at the rate of 1.5 hours for every hour taught and only for the first time the material is presented.
  • A maximum of five (5) hours for authoring publications and making presentations before a professional audience; the five (5) hour credit may be claimed only the first time the information is published or presented.

For complete Illinois State CEU requirement information click here.

For information about continuing education requirements for NCCAOM re-certification click here.

Certificates of Attendance

Approved sponsors will provide certificates of attendance. Keep your certificates for at least five years. On the State of Illinois acupuncture license renewal application, you will be asked to certify that you have complied with the CEU requirement, but you will only need to submit your documentation if you are requested to do so by the Department of Professional Regulation.

CEUs earned in another state

If CEU hours are earned in another state from an unapproved sponsor, you are required to submit an out of state CEU approval form (can be obtained from with a $25.00 processing fee prior to attending the program or 90 days prior to the expiration of your license.

If you fail to submit the out of state CEU approval form within the required time frame, you may obtain late approval by submitting the approval form plus $25.00 processing fee plus $10.00 per hour late fee, not to exceed $150.00. The Board of Acupuncture reviews these forms and recommends approval or disapproval of the program.