How to become an acupuncturist
You can get into this job through:
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
You'll need to do a qualification that is recognised by one of the professional organisations for acupuncture, for example:
The British Acupuncture Accreditation Board is an independent accreditation body, and has approved several courses that lead to membership of the British Acupuncture Council.
Courses are offered at different levels, with some going up to degree. Each body sets its own course entry requirements.
If you're a qualified healthcare professional, like a doctor or nurse, you could train in acupuncture through the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS).
Members of the BMAS are regulated healthcare professionals who practise acupuncture in their professional practice.
Professional and industry bodies
Work is currently ongoing for the statutory regulation of acupuncturists.
You may find it useful to join organisations like the British Acupuncture Council and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.