CMA Registered CollegeThe Five Element Acupuncture Diploma is accredited by the Complementary Medicine Association (CMA) and The Acupuncture Society.

It's a stand-alone course and, as such, is not regulated by a governing body. As it stands in the UK, acupuncture is not a statutorily regulated profession. In the past, the usual entry to acupuncture as a career has been by the way of a three-year degree. This can be time-consuming and also costly.

The Acupuncture SocietyOur Five Element Acupuncture Diploma is exciting in the way that it delivers exactly what the student requires – to be a safe and effective practitioner, at a cost that is affordable. And it enables the student to carry on with their day job while also learning.

Upon successful completion of the course, and receiving your permission to practise, you will be eligible for our insurance scheme. You will also be able to join the CMA and/or The Acupuncture Society and receive all the benefits that this has to offer.

A two-year diploma course presented in four, six-month modules.

Between college visits, you have access to the college eLearning platform. This enables you to download and read academic material in preparation for your next teaching session. You also have a dedicated tutor who will support and steer you through the course.

Altogether the course comprises of the following: 22 x monthly visits to the college in Cornwall (Modules 1-4 – College breaks for one month each year)

Module 1: Attended at the college campus once a month, alongside eLearning, studying:

The essence of the Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water. The Five Elements’ energetic associations. 

The diagnostic skills of Colour, Sound Odour and Emotion.

The concept of the Causative Factor.

The fundamental concepts and causes of disease. 

Vital substances.

Major energetic blocks. 

Five assignments will be set during this first six months period.   

Module 2: Attended at the college campus once a month (Sep-Jan - break in February), alongside eLearning, studying:

Anatomy and acupuncture points of the twelve primary meridians on the arms and legs.

The practical clinical skills of Pulses, Needling, Moxabustion, Blood Pressure and Tongue diagnosis. 

Towards the end of the first year, a point location and clinical skills assessment will take place. 

Two written assignments will be set during this second six months.

On completion of the first year of study, you will present your Seasons Diary and portfolio.

Module 3: Attended at the college campus once a month, alongside eLearning, studying:

A review of the first-year point location and clinical skills. 

Anatomy and point location for the meridians that flow throughout the body. 

The diagnosis and treatment protocol of the major blocks. Case studies. 

Conducting a Traditional Diagnosis, (TD).

Carrying out home TDs, which you will present for discussion in the classroom to fellow students.

Module 4: Attended at the college campus once a month (Sep-Jan), alongside eLearning, conducting:

The Traditional Diagnosis, presenting that case history in class.

Treatment planning with your supervisor.

Treatments under supervision, presenting your outcomes to fellow students in the classroom – learn to adapt this pattern with each new patient. 

During this module, we teach you the skills to set up and run an acupuncture business.

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

  • Unfulfilled in your existing employment and looking for a change of career.
  • Someone who is looking for a part-time business that fits in with your lifestyle.
  • Perhaps you're retired and looking for a new challenge and extra income.
  • You're 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.

A qualified acupuncturist can earn a very good living from their practice. An average cost of a treatment can be £40-£50 depending on geography and location.

As a full-time acupuncturist, we would expect you to be earning more than £40K per annum.

Your tutors have over 45 combined years of acupuncture experience. They have developed, designed and still deliver a range of 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.

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

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Two-Year Study Programme – Online and Practical

Deposit £500 (Non refundable)

Module 1: £2000

Module 2: £2500

Module 3: £2500

Module 4: £2500

Total Course Fees: £10,000

Each module needs to be paid for before you can commence with the next module.

It is very important to note that you need to complete all four modules and receive a pass to gain your permission to practise.

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
  • First Aid Course
  • 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 Complementary Medical Association (CMA) and/or The Acupuncture Society to receive ongoing support and marketing opportunities. Graduates will have sufficient experience and training to establish their acupuncture practice.



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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