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Five Element Acupuncture Diploma

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Intake numbers are limited. To register your interest, please complete the form below. We will be in touch to arrange an interview in person or via Skype/Zoom, depending on your location, to ascertain suitability for the course.

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A gateway to a new career in the health profession.

One of the most comprehensive acupuncture courses available.

Network membership on completion of training.

Training in Cornwall.

Combined tutor acupuncture experience of over 45 years, both have a broad knowledge base, are published authors, have studied at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) – recognised as being founded by Professor J. R. Worsley and his inspirational team.

An emphasis on professional practice; both tutors continue to run successful acupuncture practices, which have been established for many years.

Further training and mentorship available after graduation.

Business franchise opportunities.

Maximum 20 students per intake.



ICA have structured the course to enable those in current employment to embark on a course of study. As such, it runs across two years of weekend attendances, held once a month. Following the application, an interview is conducted, at which time both the prospective student and the College will have the opportunity to establish suitability for the course. We offer only a small number of places, to ensure a balanced student to tutor ratio.

Year One: Within this phase, students will attend one weekend a month, during which time they will cover a thorough grounding in the theory of Five Element Acupuncture. This aspect of the curriculum will be supported by drawing upon the rich diversity of the philosophical and historical classics of Chinese medicine. Between weekend visits, the student will enhance their learning by logging onto the College website, where modules are available to read in preparation for the next college visit. This approach to learning will build the students’ confidence, enhanced by the tutors sharing their wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience in the practice of Five Element Acupuncture. This approach to learning follows the traditional apprenticeship style of study.

Year Two: Within this phase, students will attend one weekend a month, during which time we put the theories and principles of Five Element Acupuncture taught in Year One into clinical practice. This aspect of the curriculum will consist of topics such as: how to carry out a Traditional Diagnosis, short/intermediate/long-term treatment planning, additional meridian channels — thereby building the students competence and those skills required for practice.

Throughout Year One and Two, alongside the online study, there will also be the opportunity to attend regular webinars to enable students to get together virtually, look at different aspects of the course and enhance their knowledge.

Whether you are in the U.K. or Europe, there are lots of travel options available. There is an airport in Cornwall, with regular flights from London and most U.K. airports. And Cornwall also has the benefit of the ‘Cornish Riviera Express’: an overnight sleeper train from London Paddington.

Assessments: Written assignments set throughout the course, are marked by your course tutors, and we conduct practical clinical skills assessments at the end of Year One and Year Two.

Upon completion of the two-year course, and successful completion of the practical skills assessments, graduates will be awarded a Diploma in Five Element Acupuncture – with permission to practice. Graduates will also receive a year’s free membership of the 5 Element Acupuncture Network.



The course is open to anyone looking to become an acupuncturist. Maybe you’re:

Bored in your existing employment and are looking for a change of career;

Someone who is looking for a part-time business that fits in with their lifestyle;

Perhaps you are retired and looking for a new challenge and extra income;

You are already a health professional wanting to expand your knowledge;

A therapist who wants to add an exciting  form of Chinese medicine to your practice;

An acupuncturist from another background perhaps western acupuncture trained looking to learn the Chinese  Five Element style of treatment;

The only prerequisites are that you have a desire to help people, and can commit yourself to the study of this fascinating form of medicine.



MICHAEL BAKER Post Grad Dip (HPE), BAc. MFHT, Dip in Life Coaching.

PAUL ADKINS Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), 1st Dan, MFHT, MCAUK

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24 Months’ Study

Price £15,000

£500 deposit to secure your place on the course (non-refundable), which will be payable after a successful interview.

£604.17 per month, payable in 8 quarterly payments of £1812.50 from September 2020.

We provide needles and supplies throughout the course. Extra costs students need to be aware of:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Food for weekends
  • Books and study material
  • Insurance and registration fees
  • Year Two – Blood Pressure Monitor

We will provide a detailed list of books and materials upon enrolment.



On successful completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to join The 5 Element Acupuncture Network to receive ongoing support and marketing opportunities.

Graduates will have sufficient experience and training to establish their acupuncture practice.

ICA is not affiliated with any other organisation or professional bodies and completion of our Diploma does not guarantee membership of any other professional organisations.

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