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).
This programme is unique in its flexibility, designed to best suit your life in unpredictable times. You can start your learning at any time. No matter where you are in the world, you can sign up and get immediate access to all of the online training material for our first module (Module 1).
You will also have access to Learning Resources that includes all the recordings of previous live Q&A and 'Pop Quiz' sessions. Engage with the student forum and access our booking calendar to attend hands-on classes. As soon you're ready to kickstart your training, you can sign up for one of our Induction Days at our training site in London.
During this day, you will meet your teachers, your personal mentor and be introduced to hands-on clinical skills. From this point on each module requires a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months to complete. You can take breaks between modules but never longer than one year.
Step 1: Sign up to Module 1. This gives you immediate access to online training films, the book and equipment list, recorded Q&A and 'Pop Quiz' sessions and the booking calendar for the Induction Days/Clinical Skills Workshops.
Step 2: Attend one of our Induction Days (Clinical Skills Workshops - dates below) where you will meet your teachers, existing students, your personal mentor and be directed in your studies. Attending one of these days formally kickstarts your training.
Step 3: Access the Learning Resources page where you will be able to begin the process of creating your portfolio, attend live Zoom Q&A and 'Pop Quiz' sessions, book your place on the Five-Day Review and connect with your mentor and academic support.
Upcoming dates for the Induction Days (Clinical Skills Workshops) in London.
Location: Yellow Path, 27 Holywell Row, London, EC2A 4JB
"Kickstart your training!"
Scheduled: 18 Dec 2021 at 09:30 to 17:00
Scheduled: 22 Jan 2022 at 09:30 to 17:00
Scheduled: 19 Feb 2022 at 09:30 to 17:00
Scheduled: 19 Mar 2022 at 09:30 to 17:00
Scheduled: 16 Apr 2022 at 09:30 to 17:00
New! Once you have attended one of the Induction Days, you are invited to join all subsequent Clinical Skills Workshops where you can develop your skills and spend time with students and teachers.
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).
CLINICAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS (Kickstart your training!)
To formally kickstart your training you are required to attend this workshop. Dates below (in date order):Clinical Skills Workshop Scheduled: 18 Dec 2021 at 09:30 to 17:00
Clinical Skills Workshop Scheduled: 22 Jan 2022 at 09:30 to 17:00
Clinical Skills Workshop Scheduled: 19 Feb 2022 at 09:30 to 17:00
Clinical Skills Workshop Scheduled: 19 Mar 2022 at 09:30 to 17:00
Clinical Skills Workshop Scheduled: 16 Apr 2022 at 09:30 to 17:00
You are required to attend a Five-Day Review to complete each module. Dates below (in date order):
Module 2: 29th November - 3rd December 2021 (Yellow Path Training Centre, 27 Holywell Row, London, EC2A 4JB)
Module 1: 7th - 11th March 2021 - (Yellow Path Training Centre, 27 Holywell Row, London, EC2A 4JB)
Module 2: 21st - 25th March 2022 (Yellow Path Training Centre, 27 Holywell Row, London, EC2A 4JB)
Module 3: 25th - 29th April 2022 (Yellow Path Training Centre, 27 Holywell Row, London, EC2A 4JB)
Module 4: 7th May onwards. (Yellow Path Training Centre, 27 Holywell Row, London, EC2A 4JB)
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, you can sign up for Module 1 and 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.