Acupuncture training

Who do we accept on these courses?

The BMAS offers Foundation Course training to healthcare professionals in the UK who are:
  • subject to statutory regulation and whose professional body considers acupuncture to be within the extended scope of practice of the profession (this includes doctors, nurses, midwives, health visitors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, dentists and podiatrists); 

  • or subject to voluntary regulation which is overseen by the Professional Standards Authority, and have undergone degree level training in a patient-facing healthcare discipline that includes clinical touch, with no regional anatomic restrictions; 

  • or members of the British Acupuncture Council.  
Health professionals from overseas may also apply for BMAS courses and will need to provide details of the regulatory body in the country in which they practice.

Please note that if you go on to use acupuncture in private practice in the UK you are likely to need to apply for a 'Special Treatments Licence' from your local authority. There are no other statutory regulations restricting the use of acupuncture.

Before acceptance on our Foundation Course all health professionals must have:

  1. Access to an orthodox medical diagnosis

  2. Current membership of a recognised statutory regulatory body (or equivalent overseas);
    or current membership of a body registered with the voluntary regulator the Professional Standards Authority AND degree-level health-care training (see above);
    or current membership of the British Acupuncture Council.

  3. Your professional body consider acupuncture within the extended scope of practice for your profession

  4. Medical indemnity cover

  5. Hepatitis B immunisation.

Hepatitis B immunisation is required for attendance at any course involving practical needling.

To check whether you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the BMAS office: Email:

Training courses


1. The Foundation Course

This introductory course covers the basic concepts of acupuncture and is run over four days, either two weekends or from Monday to Thursday.

2. Foundation Refresher Course

A day course to refresh and develop skills learnt on the Foundation Course.

3. The Intermediate Training Programme

A programme of face-to-face short courses that focus on enhancing your practical skills with particular reference to your knowledge and understanding of Western medical acupuncture in the treatment of specific clinical conditions.

4. Supplementary / Special Topic Days

These days supplement intermediate training and continuing professional development. 

5. Foundation Courses for Dentists

Provides an introduction to dental acupuncture.

6. Post Foundation course for Dentists

Refresh and develop the skills learnt on the Foundation Course.

Certification and Qualifications

1. Certificate of Basic Competence (CoBC)

Intended for practising medical acupuncturists who have previously attended the Foundation Course.

Click here to download guidelines for the CoBC

2. Diploma in Western Medical Acupuncture (DipMedAc)

BMAS accreditation and the Diploma are available to all BMAS members.

Click here to download guidelines for the Diploma.

Education Policy

Click here for the British Medical Acupuncture Society's Education Policy.

Funding your study

If you need help to cover the cost of your course there are general websites that can direct you to a range of funding opportunities:
You could try applying for a Career Development Loan at

Specialists in palliative care may like to seek support from Hospice UK.

Other Educational Activities

We hold a biannual Scientific Meeting and we have a number of Regional Groups who meet locally.

BMAS members can attend as observers the London Teaching Clinic.

A recommended reading list is available.