Becoming an acupuncturist

Becoming an acupuncturist

BAAB logoDeciding to study acupuncture can be the beginning of an exciting and life-changing journey. Acupuncturists come from all walks of life. Many people choose to study acupuncture as a second career after experiencing the health benefits of acupuncture for themselves.

You don’t need any previous healthcare experience to study traditional acupuncture on one of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) accredited courses. What you do need is a willingness to embrace a very different way of looking at health and disease. Acupuncture training demands considerable commitment on your part, not only of time and effort, but also to being open to challenge and growth through self-reflection.

BAAB accredited courses guarantee excellence in training, safe practice and professional conduct. Courses operate at honours degree level, with the majority awarding a BSc (Hons). You will be required to attend university or college for practical work and usually for lectures, tutorials and seminars as well, although online learning is also beginning to feature. The criteria by which a course is accredited are available from the BAAB website here.

A BAAB accredited course offers a thorough grounding in Chinese medicine theory together with physiology, anatomy and other western medical sciences, in order to provide an integrated understanding of both traditional eastern and modern western approaches to healthcare. Graduates of BAAB accredited courses are automatically eligible to join the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the UK’s lead governing body for acupuncture.

During your time as an acupuncture undergraduate the BAcC invites you to become a Student Member, free of charge. 

As a Student Member you will receive all the information, resources and support you need, right from the start of your career, along with the following benefits:  

  • Acu. magazine and archive.
  • Regular student enews.
  • Access to all webinars and recordings of previous webinars.
  • Discounts for our annual research symposium and international conference.
  • BAcC’s codes and guides.
  • The latest research news, plus access to the Acupuncture Research and Resource Centre (ARRC) database.
  • Access to the BAcC’s regional support group network allowing students to get involved with the profession at a local level. 
  • Volunteering opportunities.
  • Links to the main acupuncture suppliers. 
  • 25% off needles as well as other offers with Phoenix Medical. 
  • Downloadable guides on starting a practice and marketing a new acupuncture business to generate patients. 
  • Tips and guides on generating Press Releases including a free photo library, sample posters and PR templates. 
  • Support from the staff team at the BAcC office. 

If you would like to register for student membership, please email membership@acupuncture.org.uk letting us know where you are studying.