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Acupuncture practice: Training

Where is training available from

Contact the following organisations for information about training that is available:

  • your local business support organisation
  • the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)
  • the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM)

Although at present anyone can set themselves up as an 'acupuncturist' without any formal training or qualifications, those practitioners who want to become a member of the British Acupuncture Council must have completed an extensive training course. The courses recommended by the Council are those which have received accreditation from the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB). BAAB is an independent body which is closely allied to the Council. Courses are normally for three years full-time (or part-time equivalent) leading to a BSc (Hons) degree. Colleges which have gained accreditation for their courses include:

  • City College of Acupuncture, London
  • Lincoln College, Lincoln
  • the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Westminster
  • the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading
  • London Southbank University
  • the International College of Oriental Medicine, East Grinstead
  • the Northern College of Acupuncture, York
  • the Acupuncture Academy, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Visit the BAAB website for details of colleges that are working towards accreditation.

Having successfully completed a course at an accredited college an acupuncturist is given automatic membership of the BAcC.

A number of colleges around the country offer degree courses in Complementary Medicine which cover a number of different therapies. The RCHM website contains details of affiliated schools that offer Chinese Herbal Medicine courses.

The Acupuncture Foundation in Dublin offers professional training programmes in traditional Chinese acupuncture and traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.

The Under Age Sales website includes details of the EdExcel BTEC Level 2 Award in Preventing Under Age Body Image Modification. This is designed to help businesses like acupuncturists deal with requests from under age customers if the terms of their treatment licence prevents them from performing acupuncture on under 18-year olds.


Learndirect is a free service which can advise on training and personnel development. It can provide details of qualifications and skills relevant to your type of business, give you an outline of appropriate training courses and advise where to go for such training in your area. Visit the Learndirect website or telephone 0800 101 901

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