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June 2008: The ACA Pediatrics Council and the ICA Pediatrics Council issued a joint press release last week explaining our mutual recognition of the DICCP certification for specialty certification in chiropractic pediatrics. To view this statement, click here.


The Diplomate of the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) is a Board Certified credential in pediatrics for doctors of chiropractic. Doctors with the DICCP credential are doctors who have completed this post-graduate specialist level training through a chiropractic college and demonstrated competency in both written and oral examinations administered by the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics (ICCP).

The diplomate syllabus is a 30 module, 360+ classroom hour course administered through the postgraduate department of an accredited chiropractic college (currently Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa; New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand.)

The subject areas covered in the syllabus include all aspects of pediatrics —from pregnancy, birth, infancy to adolescence. Each stage of pregnancy and of a child’s development are covered in-depth so the practicing doctor of chiropractic acquires greater skills and competencies in a wide range of evaluative, diagnostic and assessment procedures, as well as corrective and adjustment skills for different age groups and clinical conditions. Included in the course is a weekend observation/training session at a chiropractic center for special needs children.

The syllabus is broad-based and comprehensive in content so that the doctor of chiropractor develops the expertise to understand and apply appropriate clinical protocols in all situations and provides care that is always of a high professional standard.

Research projects/papers are mandatory. Research writing is included so doctors may increase their analytical skills and become competent in designing, conducting and publishing their findings.

Board Eligible candidates then sit for the Diplomate Board Examination that is conducted once a year by the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics. All candidates who successfully pass the Board examination.are awarded the DICCP (Diplomate of the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics) credential.

Ongoing Education: Diplomates must complete 24 hours of continuing education in chiropractic pediatrics every three years in order to maintain their diplomate status.

Fellowship: Diplomates who have been in practice for a certain number of years, present and publish research papers, teach at the postgraduate level, and contribute in any significant way to advancing chiropractic care for children and improving patient care, may achieve the distinction of a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics (FICCP).

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