Become an Acupuncturist


One Year Acupuncture Training Course

A new way to study acupuncture. Join our one of a kind rolling study programme. Start any time and become an acupuncturist in 12 months.

Five Element Acupuncture Diploma


Launching this summer

Become an acupuncturist in 12 months with our all-new blended learning course.

Acupuncture Training Course

Join our revolutionary one-year acupuncture training course. No start date. Begin your training at any time.

Michael Baker and Paul Adkins

Meet The Tutors


Your tutors have 54 combined years of professional acupuncture experience. They have developed, designed and deliver a range of practical and online courses to students worldwide. Michael and Paul have both taught acupuncture in India, and Paul has taught in Japan. Michael studied under the eminent Professor J. R. Worsley, the founder of the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) Leamington Spa.

MICHAEL BAKER Post Grad Dip (HPE) BAc. MFHT Dip in Life Coaching 2ND DAN

PAUL ADKINS Lic Ac BA(Hons) FEA MFHT MAAC MBMAS MCAUK Holistic Life Coach 1ST DAN

Click Team to find out more about Michael and Paul.

The Five Elements Chinese Characters

Why study Five Element Acupuncture?


Training as a Five Element practitioner provides a unique opportunity not just to treat the cause of your patient’s energetic imbalances, but to empower those patients to both recognise and change the reasons that lead to ill health.

Five Element training enhances the practitioner’s awareness of the dynamic elemental energies within their environment, thereby strengthening their resolve to treat their patients on all levels of Mind/Body/Spirit. Five Element theory and the treatment protocol is rooted in the Classics of Chinese medicine.

CPD Courses


Alongside our Five Element training options, the International College of Acupuncture offers a range of CPD short courses via our sister-site, AcupunctureCoursesOnline.com.

Certification is provided by FACIALENHANCE® for Facial Enhancement online training


Five Element Acupuncture Theory

This course provides Five Element thinking to your diagnosis and treatments.


Facial Enhancement Acupuncture

Learn Paul Adkins’ Cosmetic Acupuncture protocol, now practised worldwide.


Facial Enhancement Jade Roller Massage

Discover the ancient secrets… ten acupressure points, gua sha and massage techniques.

What our
students say


Having the opportunity to train in something I have wanted to do for a long time under both Michael and Paul is such an incredible privilege and a valued opportunity. The course is delivered with a passion and breadth of knowledge that can only come from their years of experience; their enthusiasm for the subject has enhanced my own leaning experience.

Kelly Richards

Five Element Acupuncture Diploma


I would encourage anyone who has an interest in health and well-being, either professional or personal, to enquire further with the team at ICA and discover the range of learning and opportunities available.

The delivery and content of the 5 Element Diploma has been beyond expectations with tutors readily sharing their vast experiences and resources.

Ciaran Ryder

Five Element Acupuncture Diploma


Being part of the ‘family’ at ICA and having the opportunity to train alongside such knowledgeable practising acupuncturists has just been an amazing experience. Looking back on our first weekend, it helps me appreciate the huge amount of learning that we have already done, even though it hasn’t felt so overwhelming due to the support of our tutors and each other as a group.

Sarah Phillips

Five Element Acupuncture Diploma

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