A full Membership Application Kit can now be downloaded from the website. Read below for more information on what other documents you will need to provide. If you need help filling out your application, please feel free to make an enquiry about joining AACMA, or contact us.
Applications should be submitted on the Application for Membership Form. This can be obtained from the AACMA national office by emailing the Membership Administrator or phoning 07 3324 2599.
The following documents should be submitted (in triplicate) with the application form and in the following order. Do not staple documents.
Certified copy of award(s)
All awards that relate to your qualifications should be submitted. This includes all awards for prior study that formed the basis of any exemptions or recognition of prior learning in subsequent qualifications.
Australia-trained applicants who have met the requirements for graduation but have not yet been issued with the award should submit a letter or statement from their institution's student administration stating that they are eligible for graduation. A certified copy of the award certificate is later submitted when the award has been formally conferred.
Certified copy of transcript of academic record(s)
All academic transcripts that relate to your qualifications should be submitted. This includes all academic transcripts for prior study that formed the basis of any exemptions or recognition of prior learning in subsequent qualifications.
Overseas-trained applicants should supply a certified copy of the awards and transcripts in the original language, together with any English translations provided by the issuing institution or the overseas government PLUS a certified copy of an authorised translation in English.
Translation of documents into English is to be provided by an Australian Government authorised translator/interpreter service. It is acceptable if a copy of the English translation already provided by the issuing institution or government authority is amended and notated as required and stamped as an accurate translation (or accurate as amended) by the Australian Government authorised translation service.
China-trained applicants should obtain a qualifications assesment from vetassess as to the authenticity of their qualfications and arrange for the report to be sent directly to AACMA by vetassess. China-trained applicants should also submit certified copies of any notarised documents relating to their education and qualifications assessment issued by the Chinese authorities.
Applicants from North America should submit evidence of state licensing or NCCAOM accreditation if held.
Applicants from Japan should submit evidence of acupuncture licensing (if held).
Assessment of OS qualifications for Australian equivalency: All applicants with an overseas qualification must have their qualification assessed by an approved assessing agency. These are the various state/territory Overseas Qualfications Units (all except NSW) or AEI-NOOSR (NSW).
For OQU and NOOSR contact information andf further details, follow the link to the AACMA Policy on Assessment of Overseas Qualifications.
Proof of recency of practice
Applicants who qualified more than five years prior to the date of application should submit documentary evidence about their history of practice (if any). Proof of recent practice must be demonstrated via at least two of the following categories per year for at least five out of the previous ten years:
- evidence of professional indemnity insurance cover
- evidence of active health fund provider registration (that is, claims were actually made for the practitioner's services)
- skin penetration licence (acupuncture only)
- relevant continuing professional education (CPE) of at least 20 hours per year
- statutory declaration from a relevant employer
- other evidence deemed relevant by the Accreditation Committee.
China-trained applicants should also submit certified copies of any notarised documents relating to their employment history issued by the Chinese authorities.
Certified copy of First Aid Certificate
Applicants must hold a current Senior First Aid Certitifate (or equivalent). A certificate of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is not sufficient.
Applicants who are registered as a medical practitioner or nurse (qualified nurses only) under an Australian State/Territory Act are exempt from submitting a first aid certificate but must provide a certified copy of the certificate of registration.
Proof of English language competence
Applicants who completed their studies primarily in a language other than English must supply evidence of their English language competence. AACMA requires an IELTS Overall Band 6 or equivalent as evidence of suitable English language competence.
Applicants may also submit evidence of accreditation or membership with other professional bodies, accreditation agencies or statutory boards.
Applicants should go through the Application Checklist to ensure all items have been completed and submitted.
If you're interested in joining and have some questions, please feel free to make an enquiry about joining AACMA.