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 1        AN ACT concerning the regulation of professions.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.   The  Acupuncture Practice Act is amended by
 5    changing Section 40 as follows:

 6        (225 ILCS 2/40)
 7        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2008)
 8        Sec. 40.  Application for  licensure.   Applications  for
 9    original  licensure  as an acupuncturist shall be made to the
10    Department in writing on forms prescribed by  the  Department
11    and shall be accompanied by the required fee, which shall not
12    be refundable.
13        Until December 31, 2001, applicants shall submit with the
14    application  proof  of  passing  the  National  Certification
15    Commission  for  Acupuncture  and  Oriental Medicine National
16    Commission   for   the   Certification   of    Acupuncturists
17    examination   or   a   substantially  equivalent  examination
18    approved   by   the   Department   or   meeting   any   other
19    qualifications established by the Department.
20        On and after January 1, 2002, the Department shall  issue
21    a  license  to  an applicant who submits with the application
22    proof of each of the following:
23             (1)(A)  graduation from a school accredited  by  the
24        Accreditation  Commission  for  Acupuncture  and Oriental
25        Medicine National Accreditation  Commission  for  Schools
26        and  Colleges  of  Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or a
27        similar accrediting body approved by the  Department;  or
28        (B)  completion  of  a  comprehensive educational program
29        approved by the Department; and
30             (2) passing the  National  Certification  Commission
31        for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine National Commission
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 1        for the Certification of Acupuncturists' examination or a
 2        substantially  equivalent  examination  approved  by  the
 3        Department.
 4        An  applicant  has  3  years  from the date of his or her
 5    application to complete  the  application  process.   If  the
 6    process  has  not  been completed in 3 years, the application
 7    shall  be  denied,  the  fee  shall  be  forfeited,  and  the
 8    applicant must reapply and meet the requirements in effect at
 9    the time of reapplication.
10    (Source: P.A.  89-706,  eff.  1-31-97;  90-61,  eff.  7-3-97;
11    90-723, eff. 1-1-99.)

12        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
13    becoming law.