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Chiropractic Assistants

Application Process for CA Certification            UPDATED  10-01-16 *

PLEASE READ ALL SECTIONS on this web page COMPLETELY (and the related links)
  1. READ the Administrative Rule regulating the Chiropractic Assistant profession
  2. TRAINING - Complete 12 hours initial training based on the Board's curriculum. (More info in Training section below)
  3. Background Check - You will be required to submit to fingerprinting. Follow instructions provided (Do NOT get fingerprinted before you receive instructions from OBCE). * 
  4. APPLICATION - Complete and print your Application Packet (Found in Forms section below).
  5. Total FEES $175 payable by check or credit card​; NO CASH. (Fees are non-refundable.)
  6. ONLINE EXAM - It is open-book. Additional instructions are below.
* ALL applicants must submit to a fingerprint check regardless of any previous printing (e.g. LMTs)  

​​Certification - Upon successful completion of the exam, receipt of the state/federal background check report, and Board approval, the OBCE will issue the CA certificate. The total process takes approximately two to three weeks

If you have questions after reading all sections on this page,
CONTACTKelly Beringer by email at kelly.beringer@oregon.gov
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Application Forms, Fees and Mailing Information        UPDATED  10-01-16

NOTES:  1) The Application Packet will open with Adobe Reader (if you do not have this free application installed on your computer, click on the ADOBE link at the bottom of this page). 2) Use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome ONLY to open the documents; they will NOT open if your browser is Mozilla, Safari, etc.
Once you have completed your forms and training, mail ALL of the following to the OBCE (address below): 
  1. Application form with photo (this MUST be a passport-type color photo)
  2. Completed Fingerprint Request form (found in CA Application Packet)
  3. Written explanation for arrests, charges, convictions, if any AND supporting documentation including police reports, court judgments, etc.
  4. Social Security Number form 
  5. Diversity form
  6. Proof (certificate or log) of completed 12 hours Initial Training, and
  7. TOTAL Fees: $175* ($50 application; $40 background; $35 exam; and $50 initial license) payable to the OBCE (one check is acceptable).

Mail to:

Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners
3218 Pringle Road SE, Suite 150 
Salem Oregon 97302

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​TRAINING for Initial Licensure - Process and Resources   03/14/17

ALL CA Initial training must follow the Board's CURRICULUM for the lecture portion; the practical/hands-on must be four hours in length and cover hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and electrotherapy.  This training is valid for ONLY 60 days.  If you do not apply within 60 days of completing the training you will need to retake the 12 hours.


In ANY training situation you should receive a certificate of completion for the 12 hours training.

ONLY training offered by a Board-approved trainer or your employing Doctors of Chiropractic is valid training.

The time you take to complete your application forms, read the Physiotherapy Study Guide, or take your examination does NOT count as part of your required 12 hours training.


     1.  Attend a pre-scheduled course (read the list; call the vendor); OR
     2.  Use the Supervising DC Guidelines and Log for CA Training and ; OR  
     3.  Register for one of the LIVE or ONLINE Board-approved courses below 
  • Register for ChiroCredit.com's Oregon Chiropractic Assistant Training Program (ONLY the 8 hours lecture; the applicant will need to obtain the hands-on in clinic or through other board-approved trainer), or 
  • Register for Professional Online Education's "Oregon Initial Chiropractic Assistant Training" (all 12 hours) 
  • Register​ for CACredits.org Webinar and/or Live for CA Initial Training (all 12 hours) 
     4.  Contact one of the OBCE’s pre-approved trainers; they may be able to provide your training on an as-needed basis.  

Training Exceptions:

  • Seventh quarter or above chiropractic students may show proof of attendance of Physiological Therapeutics in lieu of taking the Initial Training Course; they must still meet all other requirements for CA licensure. 
  • If you have a CA certificate/license from another state or adequate documentation of training, the Board may waive the requirements for the initial training course. Request a waiver PRIOR TO application.
  • If you are a Physical Therapy Assistant, and you took your PTA education within the past five years, you may submit proof of that education in lieu of the initial training.
NOTE:  Massage Therapists applying for certification are NOT exempt from the initial training requirement since the LMT training does not include hydrotherapy and electrotherapy.  All LMT’s or massage therapy students must complete the twelve (12) hours initial training.  ​​
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Assistant Board Examination          Temporary Change 12-15-16

EXAMINATION  The CA exam is open-book; you should use the Physiotherapy Study Guide for Chiropractic Assistants.

STUDY GUIDE - Contact the book store at University of Western States to purchase the Study Guide. Call (503) 251-5719. Request the "Physiotherapy Study Guide for Chiropractic Assistants."

1.  Each CA Applicant will need to have their OWN email address (FREE email accounts are available ​with Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.). You may not use your supervising DC's, clinic staff's or clinic emails.  If you do not have a computer or email, visit your local library.

2.  A CA Applicant will only be assigned the CA exam once they have submitted, and met ALL of the CA application requirements, including all fees, forms, and responses to OBCE background check (if requested), etc. 

3.  OBCE staff will send an email to the eligible CA Applicant with instructions on how to access the test site; the CA Applicant will have 48 cumulative hours to complete the online examination (In other words, while an Applicant is logged into the exam, the clock is running; when he/she logs out the clock stops. When a total of 48 hours is reached, time is up). Temporary change: The OBCE is searching for another online examination host; until we obtain one, the CA examination will be mailed to the applicant in care of the clinic where they are employed (or if not employed to their home). The completed original exam should be mailed back to the OBCE for grading. 

4.  Upon completion of the examination, the CA Applicant will know whether he/she passed or failed the exam.  The CA Applicant must initiate a transcript (Pass OR Fail) to be sent to OBCE staff, Kelly Beringer.

5.  IF a CA Applicant fails the examination, a $35 retake fee must be submitted and OBCE staff will re-assign the examination once again. Notify the OBCE that you failed, and submit your payment.

6. Upon receipt of a transcript showing successful completion of the exam, a clear background check, and Board approval, OBCE staff will issue the CA certificate.

These instructions and more will be available in the OBCE emails, and on the test website.

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Annual CA License Renewal - Updated April 12, 2016

"Renewal" is two-part - A fee is due AND continuing education must be completed annually. 

The renewal fee is $75.  A "grace period" with fines was adopted by rule (read the revised language HERE).

The standard CA renewal period begins June 1 and ends July 31. No "early" renewals are accepted.

Required annual Continuing Education is SIX hours.

The Renewal Notice & CE Affidavit - ALL CA licenses expire July 31.
The OBCE mails the Chiropractic Assistant Renewal Notice and Affidavit to CAs by June 1 each year.  By default, the Notice is mailed to the last-known employment address; otherwise, if none is on file, it is mailed to the CA's home address. Keep the Board notified of your changes!
The Notice is an "Invoice to Pay" the $75 renewal fee to the OBCE and an affidavit which states that you, the CA, has completed your required hours of Continuing Education. The CA must complete the Affidavit prior to returning it and the payment to the OBCE; however, do NOT sign and date the Affidavit until you have completed your CE!
IF you misplace the Renewal Notice and Affidavit that was mailed to you, or you did not receive it all, you may download the form here:  Renewal Notice for CAs​


Grace Period
A 30 day grace period now exists (August 1 through August 31) immediately following the July 31 expiration date whereupon the chiropractic assistant may continue to practice for a short time.  Any chiropractic assistant who has not renewed by September 1st, must cease practice. 

A certificate that is not renewed on time (by July 31) may not be renewed except:
(a) Upon written application and payment to the board of the renewal fee plus a delinquent fee of $25 for renewals submitted between August 1st and August 31st of each year;
(b) Upon written application and payment to the board of the renewal fee plus a delinquent fee of $50 for renewals submitted on September 1st or later; and
(c) Upon compliance with or exemption from the requirements of ORS 684.092. (Submit CE)
A chiropractic assistant has up to one year following their July 31 renewal date to renew and reinstate their certificate upon meeting the provisions of (a) through (c) above. After 12 months, a person must restart the application process. 

Continuing Education - SIX HOURS required annually 

The Board has mandated specific CA CE for 2015-2016 license year  (see details below)

General Note: Continuing education should be completed between August 1 and July 31. Do NOT wait until you receive your Renewal Notice & CE Affidavit to start looking for qualified seminars.  

In addition, CAs who initially licensed between March 1 and May 31 of this same year are exempt from the "general" CE requirements; their renewal notice will reflect this exemption.  However, in 2015 the Board has mandated that ALL NEW CAs must complete the TWO HOURS Vitals training BY THEIR FIRST OR SECOND renewal.

2016 Renewal and Mandated CE DETAILS - For the 2015-2016 license renewal period (July 1, 2015  to July 31, 2016), ALL CAs must complete two (2) hours CE in Vitals plus every CA must complete 20 documented checks of each of the following: blood pressure, body temperature, pulse, and respiration. *A minimum of 10 people must be tested (i.e. a variety of people broadens the skill). The didactic portion will include lecture and demonstration.  

The CAs supervising DC is responsible to verify by signature the successful completion of the two hours vitals training and the 20 practical checks.  Use this PRESCRIBED FORM​ to record and certify completion of the CE and vitals checks.  Alternatively, if a CA attends a board-approved VITALS class, the instructor, or course representative will be verifying the lecture and/or the hands-on exercises. 

These mandated hours are PART OF the CAs ​annual six hours,not an addition to the six. The hours are to be completed and reported to the Board by July 31, 2016

ALWAYS get documentation verifying that you attended/completed the CE activity from the sponsor of the program.  

Throughout the year, use the OBCEs website to find continuing education options​. As noted on the site, the programs listed are not exclusive; if you find another program that interests you, feel free to contact the OBCE to find out if the program qualifies for CE credit (or read the Oregon Administrative Rule on CE 811-015-0025).

Payment & Mailing

Acceptable payment is by check, money order or cashier's check, or debit/credit card (VISA or Mastercard).  If paying by credit card (use this Credit Card Authorization​ form​)

Send your payment AND your Renewal Notice and Affidavit to the OBCE's Administrative Office in Salem: 
                      OBCE, 3218 Pringle Road, SE, Suite 150 Salem, OR  97302-6311

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TIDBITS and FAQ Updated 11-1-13

Additional Duties Allowed or Disallowed for CAs  
In addition to the CA scope of practice which allows hydrotherapy, electrotherapy and physiotherapy, the Board has developed the policies and practices provided in the above link. 
Frequently Asked Questions          10-15-13
QUESTION:  My CA license expired  July 31, 2013, may I now (Nov. 2013) pay the late renewal fee and penalty cited in the new rule and renew my license? 
ANSWER:  YES!  With the payment of the new renewal fee, the late renewal penalty fee, and submission of CE. 

Questions related to a previous rule change....
QUESTION:  Can I complete the Initial Training through an "online" course? 
ANSWER:  Effective August 2012, webinars, that are PRE-approved by the OBCE for the "Initial  Training" are approved for the 8-hour didactic (lecture) portion of the Initial Training (four hour practical session must still be "live."  The Board adopted a policy (click HERE) that allows participation in the webinar. As of October 2012, an 8-hour webinar has been approved; the 4-hours practical session is presented live.  Refer to the list of approved trainers, or schedule of initial training courses. Videos or other online training are NOT approved for the Initial Training.
QUESTION:  May our long-time CA perform the practical portion of the 12 hours Initial Training for our new staff person? 
ANSWER:  NO. The administrative rule is clear that the hands-on (practical) training may ONLY be “administered by a healthcare provider licensed to independently provide those therapies.”  CAs may not perform any therapies without supervision of a DC, and therefore they are not allowed to administer the practical portion. 
QUESTION:   I will be renewing my CA license in July.  Do I need to complete six or 12 hours continuing education? 
ANSWER:  SIX. The rule change ONLY effects INITIAL training required to APPLY for licensure as a chiropractic assistant.  The rule change does NOT effect those CAs renewing their current license.

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