Graduation & Licensure

Important Information for Students Planning to Graduate

Dear Students:

If you intend to graduate next term, please contact the Registrar’s office. You must meet with the Registrar at least one term prior to graduation to complete your graduation audit and discuss the requirements for the CALE and NCCAOM licensure exam.

Please see below for what you need to do by then, and be sure to check the CA Acupuncture Board website and exam calendar at Note that the Board will shift the date of the exam from year to year. It is strongly recommended that you do not make any plans until the date for the CALE has been announced by CAB.

Applying to Take the Exam

You can apply to take the California exam by visiting:  I also have hard copies of the forms available at my desk, so please feel free to come see me if you need a copy.  The initial application fee is $75.00 (the examination fee is $550.00).  Additional information about applying for the exams, including an examination preparation guide, can be found on the California Acupuncture Board website.

Sending Official Transcripts

You must order official transcripts showing any coursework you completed toward your MSOM degree at another school (including basic sciences) to be sent to the Board directly from the school where you took the class.  AIMC Berkeley sends one official transcript to the California Board upon graduation based on your request.  We also send all supporting documents of your coursework and pre-graduation information to the California Board according to the Board requirements.  Pre-graduation information for the National Board is sent by request only – please email or stop by if you are planning on taking the National exam.

International Transcripts

If you took classes at schools overseas, and you have been awarded transfer credits for those classes at AIMC Berkeley, you must order a copy of your transcript AND a copy of your international credit evaluation sent to the Board.  If this applies to you, you will have had one of these done when you applied to AIMC Berkeley.  You should be able to order a copy of the evaluation rather than requesting a new one.

CPR and First Aid

With your application to the State Board, you will need to include a copy of your First Aid and CPR/AED cards.  Your certification in First Aid and CPR/AED may appear on the same card or on separate cards.  When submitting your cards, please make sure that:

  1. You have also submitted a copy of your cards to me so that I can award the eight hours required by the Board for these classes on your transcript.
  2. You have photocopied the front and back of the cards.

Clean Needle Technique and Documentation

The CALE application requires that documentation of your Clean Needle Technique coursework must be included with your application.  If you completed AC 111 at AIMC Berkeley, we will provide this for you – you do not need to send CNT documentation with your application.  However, I may need further information from you in order to do so – please see below for details:

If you…

  • Took AC 111, Acupuncture Technique I, at AIMC Berkeley: You completed Clean Needle Techniques in this class, and you do not need to anything else.  I have your information on file and will send the necessary documentation to the Board accordingly.
  • Took Clean Needle Technique in a class at another school: You should have received a certificate when you completed the course.  Please send a copy of this certificate to me and I will include it in your paperwork to the Board.  If you did not receive a certificate, then you have not completed the requirement (please see below).
  • Have not taken Clean Needle Technique or AC 111: You will have to take the Clean Needle Technique course offered by the Council of Colleges (CCAOM).  AIMC Berkeley hosts CNT classes offered by CCAOM.  For information about this class, please visit Council of Colleges of Acupuncture.  You will receive a certificate of completion from CCAOM.  You should send a copy of this certificate to AIMC and to the Board as soon as you receive it.  Also, please let me know as soon as possible if this applies to you and you have not yet taken the course.  I must indicate to the Board that your status is “pending” for completing this requirement.

Note:  If you are planning to take the National Board Exam, you must complete the CCAOM course regardless of taking AC 111 at AIMC Berkeley or similar at another California school.

If you haven’t done so already, please make an appointment with the Academic Dean to complete your final degree audits as soon as possible.

Best wishes to all of you as you get ready to take this final step into the profession!

Thank you,


Brian Lieske, Registrar
P (510) 666-8248 x102
F (510) 666-0111

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