Five Element Acupuncture Diploma



A gateway to a new career in a 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 wide knowledge base, are published authors, have studied at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA), which is recognized as being founded by Prof 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.



The course is structured in a way that will enable those who wish to embark on a course of study while remaining in their current employment, and as such is organised over Two Phases making a total of two years of weekend attendances. 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. Only a small number of students will be offered a place to ensure a good student to tutor ratio.

Phase 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.

Phase Two: Within this phase students will attend one weekend a month, during which time the theories and principles of Five Element Acupuncture taught in Phase One will be put 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 Phase One and Two, alongside the online study, there will also be the opportunity to attend regular webinars to enable students from both college locations 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: Continued assessment will be achieved by the completion of written assignments sprinkled throughout the course, which will be marked by your course tutors. Practical clinical skills assessments will be conducted at the end of Phase One and Phase 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’s 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 are able to commit yourself to the study of this fascinating form of medicine.



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

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

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Our first term will begin in March 2019 and will comprise of one cohort based in Cornwall.

Students will be expected to attend monthly weekends held on Saturday and Sunday – Dates for 2019 are as follows:

Saturday 16th March & Sunday 17th March 2019

Saturday 27th April & Sunday 28th April 2019

Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May 2019

Saturday 22nd June & Sunday 23rd June 2019

Saturday 20th July & Sunday 21st July 2019

Saturday 18th August & Sunday 19th August 2019

Saturday 21st September & Sunday 22nd September 2019

Saturday 19th October & Sunday 20th October 2019

Saturday 16th November & Sunday 17th November 2019

Saturday 14th December & Sunday 15th December 2019

This is a blended learning course, so each student will be expected to complete 12-15 hours of online study per week.



24 Months’ Study

£15,000 GBP

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

£604.16 per month, payable in 8 quarterly payments of £1812.50 from March 2019.


Needles and supplies are provided throughout the course. Extra costs students need to be aware off:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Food for weekends
  • Books and study material
  • Insurance and registration fees
  • Phase 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 own 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.



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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