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Continuing Education for Acudetox Specialists

As a prerequisite for acudetox registration, practitioners are required to complete continuing auricular acupuncture education (CAAE).


New Human Trafficking Prevention Requirement

House Bill 2059 (86th Legislature) requires physicians, physician assistants, and any licensee of the TMB’s advisory boards or committees that provide direct patient care, to complete a human trafficking prevention course approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). This requirement applies to the renewal of a license on or after September 1, 2020.


HHSC is the approving body for the human trafficking prevention requirement. HB 2059 requires HHSC to approve training courses on human trafficking, including at least one that is free of charge, post a list of approved trainings on its website and update the list of approved trainings as necessary.

HHSC now has an approved course available, which is free of charge, that satisfies the requirements for all licensees impacted by HB 2059.



Documentation of CE courses shall be made available to the Board upon request but should not be submitted with the registration. Random audits will be made to assure compliance.

If you have any questions regarding continuing education requirements, please email us at .


The required hours shall be from auricular acupuncture courses that meet at least one of the qualifications listed below:

  • designated or otherwise approved for credit by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners based on a review and recommendation of the course content by the Education Committee of the board  (see “Board Approved CAE Courses” tab below),
  • are offered by Approved Providers  (see “Board Approved CAE Providers” tab below),
  • have been approved for CAE credit for a minimum of 3 years by another state acupuncture board after having gone through a formal approval process,
  • approved by the NCCAOM for professional development activity credit, OR
  • provided outside the United States by a provider of continuing acupuncture education that are acceptable to the Board.


  • Acudetox Specialists will need to complete at least 6 hours of continuing auricular acupuncture education (CAAE) every 12 months.  For example, CAAE hours should be counted from April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023.


    To ensure compliance with Board Rule and statute, the 6 hours must include:

    •        a course in either:

    o   clean needle technique; or,

    o   universal infection control precaution procedures; and,

    •        a course in human trafficking prevention approved by the executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

    o   See HHSC's Health Care Practitioner Human Trafficking Training page to access the approved courses and for more information about this requirement. 


    Courses may be taught through live lecture, distance learning, or the Internet.

    An acudetox specialist must report on the registration permit application if she or he has completed the required CAE.


    A licensee may request in writing an exemption* for the following reasons:

    •        the licensee's catastrophic illness;
    •        the licensee's military service of longer than one year's duration;

    *Exemptions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be requested in writing at least 30 days prior to the expiration date of the license.  An exemption may not exceed one registration period, but may be renewed, subject to approval.


    Acudetox Continuing Education Exemption Request Form

  • Board Approved CAE Courses


    The courses on this list are the only individually approved CAE courses at this time. Courses are approved by the Board for three years. For additional information about these courses, please contact the providers directly.


    List of Current Approved Courses:  CAE Approved Courses

    Board Approved CAE Providers


    The CAE providers included on this list have been approved by the Board for a period of three years. All courses taken through these providers during their approval period can be used towards CAE requirements. The provider will advise you of the CAE hour categories the course entails, such as General Acupuncture, Biomedicine, Ethics, Herbal and Practice Management/Business Administration. For information on the courses available, please contact the providers directly.


    List of Current Approved Providers:  CAE Approved Provider Numbers