Membership Options

NZASA recognises that practitioner needs vary from one person to another.  It therefore offers a variety of membership types so you can choose what suits you best:

  • Student member
  • Non-Registered member
  • Registered member

All applicants must fill in the Application form.  Fees are detailed on the above membership option pages and in the application form.

Registration process

NZASA’s registration process includes a one-off Clinic Inspection and Professional Visit that is designed to assist the applicant meet NZASA’s professional practicing requirements. For example, the check list includes the use of single-use sterile disposable needles, adequate light, heating and ventilation, audio and visual privacy, fees and qualifications on display and evidence of record keeping.  The visit  includes a review of history taking and evidence of an ability to write history forms up in English. 

The Clinic Inspection and Professional Visit includes a questionnaire on NZASA’s Standards of Acupuncture Practice, Code of Ethics and Codes of Safe Practice for Acupuncturists which all applicants must complete and submit at the time of the visit.  The Clinic Inspection form can be viewed in a single document here.

Overseas applicants

Applicants with an overseas qualification are required to go through special application procedures as described on the Registered Membership page. 

Resources and Insurance

Acupuncture brochures, history and follow-up forms, consent forms and other help are all available to NZASA members at minimal or no cost.  These resources are available through the Members section or by contacting the Registrar.

NZASA has negotiated a Public Liability and Indemnity Insurance group scheme offer available to any member if required.  If you are interested in this, contact the Registrar. You will be put in contact with APEX General who are the brokers who administer the insurance scheme.

Standards, Ethics & Safe Practice

NZASA requires all members, regardless of their type of membership, to abide by NZASA’s: 
•Standards of Acupuncture Practice
•Code of Ethics
•Code of Safe Practice for Acupuncturists

…along with the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights.

The Clinic Inspection and Professional Visit includes a questionnaire on these Standards, Ethics and Safe Practice which all applicants must complete and submit at the time of the visit.  

Sterile Single-use Disposable Needles

All NZASA members are required to use sterile, single-use disposable needles as per sections C & E of the NZASA Codes of Safe Practice for Acupuncturists, and sections 13.3 of the NZASA Codes of Ethics.  All NZASA members are recognised by the NZ Blood Donor Service.  

Ongoing Education

NZASA encourages all members to maintain their ongoing education.  NZASA is solely a registration body and therefore does not offer educational courses directly to its members.  This is in keeping with the professional requirements of the HPCA Act 2003.

NZASA works with its affiliates and other groups to publicise ongoing education opportunities to its members, through emailed newsletters and via the Members section on this website.

NZASA’s registered members must provide evidence of 20 hours ongoing education each year as part of the renewal of registration process.  NZASA recognises courses from around New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA and other coutries, as well as online courses provided by such websites as Blue Poppy, ProDSeminars and Medigogy.  Seminars that are held in the native tongue of attendees that do not require a translator will be eligible to seek NZASA approval for standard CPD hours.

First Aid Certificates

As ratified at the 2013 NZASA AGM, NZASA members will need to provide evidence of holding a current First Aid certificate as part of their re-registration requirements from 2015 onwards. For a First Aid course to be approved by NZASA it MUST be an assessed course.  

 The following providers are approved by NZASA:

 If you wish to attend a course from another provider, please email the details to the Registrar before doing the course to ensure it meets NZASA approval.


Important:  Renewal of Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) requirements

Registered members must:

* provide proof of 20 hours ongoing education/training every year 
(e.g. conferences, workshops, peer review groups, online seminars etc.)

 A document describing the NZASA Registration Standard for CPD can be accessed here:  CPD-Flyer-August-2018.pdf

The 20 hours can be made up of:
- a mandatory minimum of twelve (12) hours of acupuncture  

- a mandatory minimum of two (2) hours Ethics/professional standards as related to the practice of acupuncture/Chinese medicine 

- up to six (6) hours of "Other" Chinese Medicine related techniques including Chinese herbal medicine, tuina, qi gong, TCM research, Chinese dietary therapy.  This is an optional category.

- up to four (4) hours of the six (6)  "Other" category may relate to professional issues such as business practice, permitted advertising, patient confidentiality, dealing with complaints etc.

NZASA members who do more than the required 20 hours per year can request a maximum of 20 of those additional hours be credited to the following year. CPD can be carried forward only one year.


* provide proof of holding a current First Aid certificate.

APCs are only re-issued following proof of these requirements 

Mandatory Declaration

At the time of the original application and each year with the renewal of membership process, members are required to complete a Mandatory Declaration form.

NZASA respects and maintains confidentiality but requires information about the following areas be kept on file for all members:
•Fitness to practice
•Criminal charges
•Claims for medical malpractice
•Professional conduct

Health Workforce Survey

Completion of an annual Health Workforce Survey (online) is mandatory.

Working with ACC

NZASA works with ACC to ensure its members are fully informed about their responsibilities as ACC Treatment Providers.

NZASA supplies Practitioner Information brochures to all new members which includes advice about how to work with ACC, what ACC expects of a Treatment Provider, and where to obtain forms and other materials needed by practitioners.

NZASA also liaises with its affiliate groups about these issues.