September 2023 Intake Now Open
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The programme consists of 4 modules - each teaching theory, philosophy, diagnosis, location of acupuncture points and clinical skills. All modules are taught online and in-person.
Online learning: pre-recorded lectures, support from teachers and mentors and interaction with peers through the Yellow Path Community Forum.
In-person: Monthly (Fri-Sun) classes covering clinical skills, point location, the Chinese pulses, sensory development, clinical observations, and supervised treatments (Module 4 only).
Watch the first class of Module 1
1.01 Becoming an Acupuncturist
Programme duration and required hours:
The entire training takes 2 years. Each cohort starts in the Autumn and in the Spring (next intake September 2023). Modules 1-3 are taught online and in-person and Module 4 is your hands-on clinical training in London.
The entire programme (4 Modules) consists of a total of 1,305 hours. 972 hours of compulsory contact time and 333 hours of additional study (which needs to be organised by the student).
Breakdown of hours for each of our first three modules.:
Modules 1-3 (compulsory contact hours for each module):
126 hours at 6 monthly (Fri-Sun) class days
40 hours of online classes (20 hours of films that need to be watched a minimum of twice)
6 hours of mentor and academic support
15 hours of clinical observations
Additional home-study hours:
40 hours of point location practice
40 hours of pulses and sensory development (informal practice)
60 hours of creating your portfolio.
Module 4 (clinical training)
Module 4 (compulsory contact hours):
168 hours supervised treatments and observations
42 Hours at the introduction and conclusion workshops
6 hours mentor and academic support
Additional home-study hours:
60 hours of creating your portfolio (case studies)
40 hours of point location practice
The hours required to graduate equate to a minimum of 12 hours a week spread over two years. It is essential you realistically have the time and focus to meet this commitment to study before considering applying for a place on our programme.
When and what exactly will you be learning in Modules 1-4?
Meet the Yellow Path Team
Director & Acupuncturist
Clinical Director and Acupuncturist
Caroline Hammond (Lic.Ac.) (M.AFEA)
Academic Support & Acupuncturist
Mia Kawada (Lic.Ac.) (M.AFEA)
Acupuncturist, Supervisor & Mentormia@geradkite.com
Grace Elliston (Lic.Ac.) (M.AFEA)
Acupuncturist, Supervisor & Mentorgrace@theelementsproject.com
Georgie Ireland (Lic.Ac.) (M.AFEA)
Acupuncturist, Supervisor & Mentorgeorgie@theelementsproject.com
Our undergraduate mentors
Still not sure?
If you’re still curious but not ready to start, why not purchase An Introduction To Five-Element Acupuncture film bundle (12 films) and just sit back and enjoy. If you then feel inspired and would like to formally train at a later date, we will credit the cost of the bundle to your first year's fees.
You will be awarded the Licentiate in Acupuncture and permission to use the designatory letters ‘Lic.Ac.’
You will have the knowledge, experience and skills to start treating patients
You will feel confident in how to set up your own practice and have full professional indemnity insurance.
You will automatically join the Association of Five-Element Acupuncturists (a member of the British Acupuncture Federation) and the Complementary Therapies Association
You will be able to join the postgraduate community and continue developing your knowledge and clinical skills with Yellow Path
Want to try another class before signing up?
Fees and Payment Schedule.
Tuition for entire two-year training - £17,950.00
Payment Schedule. On acceptance to the course a non-refundable deposit of (£2,693.00) is required to secure your place. The balance (£15,257.00) is a financial commitment for the entire training training and can be spread over 24 monthly payments of £635.00 payable from the course start-date.
The total cost (£17,950.00) is discounted by 10% if you pay for the entire course upfront.
Additional necessary costs are:
Insurance = £60.00
First Aid certificate = Approx £75.00
Equipment, e.g. point locater and point location book (details given once you have signed up) are approximately £400.00.
“I had been interested in learning more about this wonderful system for many years. I discovered Gerad’s apprenticeship and finally decided that it was time to follow a new vocation. It is a fast track programme, not because Gerad believes in short cuts, but because he is committed to the principle of life-long learning and that the only way to become a practitioner is to practice.”Nicky Douglas
“The training exceeded all expectations. The teaching was delivered clearly and passionately, with great humility and authenticity.”Joo Teo
“I was initially nervous about studying in a short, intensive course. But from day one, Gerad, Johnny and their team’s unwavering passion and enthusiasm, crystal-clear teaching, and the wonderful, supportive community they've created in France have meant I've learnt and retained more than I ever have in any traditional academic course. The mentor structure has given me the confidence to immediately go out and begin to set up my own practice, always knowing I've got someone to turn to for support and guidance. If you're considering doing this apprenticeship, just do it. It's honestly life changing! ”Emily Bone-Fiore
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Regulation in the UK:
There is currently no statutory regulation of acupuncture in the UK, but many non-medical acupuncture practitioners are required to register with their local authority. This is because of the risk of blood-borne infections from piercing the skin with acupuncture needles. The same rules also cover tattooing and body piercing.
The Yellow Path 'Licentiate in Acupuncture' (Lic.Ac.) certificate is a private arrangement between the provider (Yellow Path LLP) and the student.
Upon receiving your licentiate you will be eligible to join the Association of Five-Element Acupuncturists (AFEA) who are members of the British Acupuncture Federation and the Complimentary Therapist Association (CThA). There are a number of other acupuncture organisations in the UK that practitioners can join if they hold certain qualifications and agree to work according to certain codes of practice. The Licentiate in Acupuncture certificate does not give automatic entry to any of these other organisations. If you wish to join one of them, an independent application must be made.