The programme consists of 4 modules - each teaching theory, philosophy, location of acupuncture points and clinical skills. All modules are taught online and in-person.
Online learning: pre-recorded lectures, live Zoom Q&A and 'Pop Quiz' sessions, support from teachers and mentors and interaction with peers through the Yellow Path Community Forum.
In-person: Induction Days, Clinical Skills Workshops, Five-Day Intensive Reviews, point location classes, Chinese pulse and sensory development workshops, clinical observations, and supervised treatments (Module 4 only).
The entire training takes 2 years. Each cohort starts in the Autumn (next intake September 2023) and in the Spring. Modules 1-3 are mainly taught online and Module 4 is your hands-on clinical training in London. You will be attending four five-day review sessions that take place in London every six months from your start date.
The entire programme (4 Modules) consists of a total of 1,278 hours. 718 hours of compulsory contact time and 560 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):
8 hours at the Induction Day
40 hours of online classes (20 hours of films that need to be watched a minimum of twice)
10 hours of live Zoom Q&A/Pop Quiz sessions
6 hours of mentor and academic support
40 hours at the Five-Day Review
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.For supervised point location classes with feedback (optional but recommended), there are monthly Clinical Skills Days (included in your fees) at our training site in London.
Breakdown of hours for Module 4 (clinical training)
Module 4 (compulsory contact hours):
35 supervised treatments (approximately 70 hours)
40 Hours at the Five-Day Review
6 hours mentor and academic support
15 hours of clinical observations.
Additional home-study hours:
60 hours of creating your portfolio (case studies).
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 account.
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 be able to join the postgraduate community and continue developing your knowledge and clinical skills with Yellow Path
Price per module:
Module 1 = £2,900
Module 2 = £2,900
Module 3 = £2,900
Module 4 = £3,950
Payment plans are available for each module.
The overall cost is £12,650 but discounted to £11,385 if you buy the entire course upfront.
Additional necessary costs are:
Supervised point location classes (optional but highly recommended) = £45 per half day
Insurance = £60
Equipment (e.g. ACI locator, books. Details given once you have signed up) = roughly £300
“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
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 'Licentiate in Acupuncture' certificate is a private arrangement between the provider (Yellow Path) and the student. We are not affiliated and regulated by any outside organisation. All apprentices must take full responsibility for their own progression of study and experience and keep abreast of any changes in statutory regulation in the future.
Upon receiving you licentiate from Yellow Path you will be eligible to join the Association of Five-Element Acupuncturists (AFEA) 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.