Certificate of Basic Competence

Qualifications

Candidates must be:

  • Medically qualified or a registered health professional, registered in the UK, or the country in which they practice, with the appropriate statutory body. 
  • A current member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS).


Training

Candidates must present evidence of attendance on the BMAS Foundation Course or another course(s) covering the approved curriculum. (The BMAS office may be able to advise on whether a course has been previously recognised as covering the approved curriculum. Otherwise, candidates are advised to check the curriculum requirements in the CoBC guidance document.)


Experience

Candidates must make a declaration that they have been practising acupuncture for not less than three months. Candidates must present a logbook of 30 cases, which they have treated, along with 2 cases written in detail. These 2 long cases may be included in the 30 logbook cases.


Points Checklist and Safety Quiz (day one)

Candidates must have satisfactorily completed the safety quiz (day one) and points checklist during the Foundation Course, and these forms must have been signed to this effect by a member of the teaching staff.

Please note that the Safety Quiz on day one of the Foundation Course is also referred to as the Safety Test, and is not the same as the Safety Assessment for the CoBC - see below.

CoBC candidates who have not attended a BMAS Foundation Course, and who do not therefore have a signed checklist, may be required to demonstrate their needling technique at their clinical assessment - see below.


Safety Assessment

Candidates must complete and return a short questionaire paper on the safety aspects of acupuncture. Notes and textbooks may be referred to. Click here for the BMAS Safety Assessment.


Test yourself!

BMAS members can test their safety knowledge using this online MCQ.


Clinical Assessment

Candidates who have fulfilled the above conditions satisfactorily will attend for a clinical assessment. This 20 minutes assessment will be held with two assessors and will be based on case discussions.

Candidates must bring their logbook to the clinical assessment and sufficient case notes to allow full discussion. They should be prepared to demonstrate needling technique if requested to do so.


Procedure for Application

Application should be made to:
BMAS, BMAS House, 3 Winnington Court, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 1AQ
Tel: 01606 786782
Fax: 01606 786783
Email: Admin@medical-acupuncture.org.uk

All the necessary documentation and papers, including a logbook record form and the safety assessment paper, will be sent to the candidate or can be downloaded here.

The following documents should be completed and returned to the above address:

  • a completed safety assessment
  • a copy of completed logbook of 30 cases
  • a copy of 2 detailed case reports
  • a signed declaration of originality

Candidates who have attended the BMAS Foundation Course should also return:

  • a copy of the points checklist 
  • a copy of the safety questionnaire

We advise candidates to keep a copy of all paperwork submitted. Digital submissions should be as Word documents. Candidates who have fulfilled the above satisfactorily will be asked to attend for the clinical assessment. Successful candidates will receive a Certificate of Basic Competence suitable for framing.


Counselling and Appeals

Unsuccessful candidates will be offered advice intended to improve the chances of success after subsequent reapplications. Reapplication will be permitted three months after the date of assessment.

There is an appeal procedure. Unsuccessful candidates who wish to appeal should write to the Chairman of the Competence, Accreditation and Examining Board (CAEB), c/o the BMAS office within four weeks, giving full details of the nature of their appeal.