Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our FAQ for sports medicine acupuncture information and answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding our Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program. If you are looking for answers related to your C.SMA certification, please visit our C.SMA FAQ page.

The SMA Foundational courses are 2-day programs developed for Licensed Acupuncturists to learn the integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Sports Medicine in the assessment and treatment of many common musculoskeletal injuries.

The SMA Certification program courses are designed to provide the highest level of advanced Acupuncture training for the assessment and treatment of sports, work and orthopedic injuries. Graduates will earn the opportunity to become a distinguished licensed practitioner in the field of Sports Medicine Acupuncture®.

Yes, all courses are approved for California State Acupuncture board and the NCCAOM.

No. Regardless of the practitionersspecialization, musculoskeletal injury is the most common complaint bringing patients to seek help from acupuncture. This program addresses not only the professional athlete, but anyone with a work-related or sports-related injury. Because this program is an integration of TCM and Sports Medicine, the tools the participant learns will address all age groups and varying levels of fitness.

Please visit our About page to meet our highly qualified instructors and read their bios. To quickly find out who is teaching a particular class or section of the SMAC Program, visit the SMA Course Dates and Locations page and look under the column labeled “Instructor.”

C.SMA are the initials the Acupuncturist receives once they have become certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture and licensed to use the Sports Medicine Acupuncture® trademark.

Participants must be a licensed or registered acupuncturist and provide proof of having graduated from an ACAOM accredited or equivalent Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture school. Participants must have a minimum of 2,000 hours of acupuncture and TCM training and provide proof of having an active license and malpractice insurance. If a participant’s insurance does not provide coverage in the state where the course is being held, they may be added to AcuSport Education’s group policy for a $30 fee.

Acupuncture students can attend the Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver workshops and also the Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercises (PACE) classes. Students are not allowed in the other SMAC program courses due to the needling practice that occur in these classes.

Participants may start the program at any stage of the program. The curriculum is designed with a sequential learning within each module so it is recommended to start at the beginning of a module if possible.

Absolutely. Participants may take individual courses in the SMAC Program and earn CEU’s / PDA’s for each course.

Participants must complete all four modules within two years from their start date to become Licensed in Sports Medicine Acupuncture. If the courses or modules are not available within a 2-year window, the allowed completion time frame would be extended accordingly.

Yes, participants enrolled for SMA Certification must pass 4 online Module exams and pass the Final Practical Exam to become a certified graduate and granted to use the Sports Medicine Acupuncture license.

Participants taking SMA courses and who are not enrolled for SMA certification do not need to take any examinations.

We offer discounts and a payment plan. You can find information on the cost, discounts and payment plan for SMA classes by visiting the respective SMA Foundational Course or SMAC Program Registration pages.

For courses sponsored by AcuSport Education, previous students receive a 10% discount if attending the same course within a 2-year period. C.SMA practitioners receive a 15% discount if repeating any class or program so long as their certification is active.

There are a limited number of discounted seats available per class. Please register as soon as possible to take advantage of your discount!

Each individual course, Module or Program may be purchased separately, but discounts are available for enrolling in the entire program or in entire modules.

The following documents are needed for completion of registration. Please make sure all documents are clear, legible and saved as a JPG, PDF or Word document and upload them to our secure AcuSport Education Dropbox folder using this link https://www.dropbox.com/request/DCvhOiEUJZBd1HpeKThp

  1. Copy of current acupuncture license or registration.
  2. Copy of diploma from an ACAOM-accredited or equivalent Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture school from which you graduated. Please see the Program Requirements tab on the SMAC Overview page for more info.
  3. Copy of current malpractice insurance showing coverage in the state where the class is being held declaring AcuSport Education. as additionally insured. If you do not wish to add AcuSport Education. to your policy, you will have the option of being added to AcuSport’s policy for a $30 fee. Further instructions can be found on the SMA Foundational Course or SMAC Program Registration pages. 

Follow these four easy steps:

  1. Go to the link
  2. Select from where the documents are stored
  3. Attach the documents
  4. Choose Upload

We are here to help! If you have questions about your documentation, please feel free to email us at acusportinfo@gmail.com and well get back to you as soon as we can. If you have any issues with Dropbox, please check out this helpful link https://www.dropbox.com/help.

Seminar & Certification Course

Cancellations received greater than 21 days prior to course start date may be eligible to receive a full refund, less a $50 cancellation fee and an 8% transaction fee for credit card payments. All cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to acusportinfo@gmail.com. Cancellations made within 21 days prior to course start date are not eligible for a refund. Registrants who choose not to attend the seminar without notice will also not be eligible for a refund.

Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment or by check if applicable.

Class notes are available for 14 days after the end date of the seminar. Registrant is responsible for all shipping charges.

Partial Completions

Participants will not receive credit for any missed sessions and will not receive certificates of completion for partially completed courses.

AcuSport Education Cancellation Terms

AcuSport Education reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If AcuSport Education is forced to cancel an event, a full refund of the tuition paid will be granted to the registered student. AcuSport Education will not pay for travel costs incurred due to a cancelled class.

Seminar notes will be distributed on the weekend and are not available for non-seminar participants. Instead, students will be issued a study guide 3 weeks prior to the class to help them prepare.


  • Visit the SMAC Program Registration page, select the class/es you would like to add, and re-enter your contact and billing information.
  • Note, if you are a C.SMA practitioner wishing to register for an additional class, please make sure to log out of your account before registering for additional classes.


All of our classes are approved by the NCCAOM and the California Board. Each day of classes will earn you 6.5 CEU credits (8 hour class plus two 15-minute breaks and an hour lunch break). 

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