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2-year TCM Acupuncture
Professional Diploma Course

Course Dates


Year 1

30 September, 1, 2 October; 28, 29, 30 October; 2, 3, 4 December 2023;

6, 7, 8 January; 3, 4, 5 February; 2, 3, 4 March; and 30, 31 March and 1 April;

4, 5, 6 May; 1, 2, 3 June; 29, 30 June and 1 July 2024


Year 2

6, 7, 8 October; 3, 4, 5 November; 8, 9, 10 December 2023;

12, 13, 14 January; 9, 10,11 February; 8, 9, 10 March; 5, 6, 7 April;

10, 11, 12 May; 7, 8, 9 June; 5, 6, 7 July 2024

Course Outline

The course provides professional training in acupuncture, diagnosis and traditional Chinese medicine that prepares students for modern professional life.  It combines theory and practice to ensure that students are proficient in traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture, as well as adequately versed in modern Western medical sciences,.  Emphasis is placed on developing students as competent and confident therapists with a caring and compassionate attitude.


The course is run on a part-time basis over a period of two years. Classes are held over 10 3-day weekends per year.

Course Aims

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate usable theoretical knowledge of the Acupuncture Meridian System – the 12 main meridians and the 8 extra vessels; the action, location and practical application of their principal points.

  • Put in practical context their Anatomy and Physiology knowledge for the needs of General health and MSK acupuncture treatment;

  • Understand MSK and the various body systems pathology from western bio-medical as well as TCM perspective

  • Demonstrate ability to diagnose: by interrogation – asking the relevant questions; by observation – body shape, posture, movements, face, lips, eyes and tongue; by palpation – the muscles and bones/joints of the affected areas as well as the related points and meridians; pulse taking

  • Execute effective acupuncture treatments for the most common MSK and general health complaints.

The ultimate goal of the course is to prepare confident and proficient practitioners through; correct diagnosis, proper selection and location of points and efficient needle manipulation and to develop a real understandingof the concept of “arrival of Qi” and the achievement of sufficient therapeutic stimulation.


Achievement of the learning outcomes is assessed by continuous verbal questioning, home assignments, as well as by on-line multiple-choice questions exam. Assessment is by coursework and clinical work as well as written exams, and is done on an ongoing basis. On completion of the course and upon passing final exams, students will be qualified by the College and will be eligible to apply for membership to The Acupuncture Society.


Successful graduates will be awarded a Professional Diploma in Acupuncture and will be entitled to use the initials DipAc after their names.They are eligible to become members of the Acupuncture Society. The annual membership is £100. As members of the Acupuncture Society, they are entitled to use the initials MAcS  after their names.


Student and professional indemnity cover can also be arranged.

Course Structure

The course is taught part-time in 60 lecture days running over 2 years – 10 3-day blocks per year The lecture days are 9.30am – 5.30 pm. It has 1680 study hours, out of which 420 are contact hours and 1260 are home study.


Below is an outline of the main modules covered by the course.


Year 1


Ten 3-day blocks


  1. TCM theory – 5 lecture days

  2. Acupuncture theory – 4 lecture days

  3. Orthopaedic acupuncture – 8 lecture days

  4. TCM Level-2 – 6 lecture days

  5. Head region conditions – 2 lecture days

  6. Clinical practice – 5 days



Year 2


Ten 3-day blocks 


  1. Respiratory clinic – 2 lecture days

  2. Cardio-vascular clinic – 2 lecture days

  3. Digestive clinic – 2 lecture days

  4. Liver/Gallbladder clinic – 2 lecture days

  5. Urinary clinic – 2 lecture days

  6. Gynecology clinic – 2 lecture days

  7. Hematology clinic – 2 lecture days

  8. General system clinic – 2 lecture days

  9. Skin clinic – 2 lecture days

  10. Mental/emotional clinic – 2 lecture days

  11. Clinical practice – 10 days

Admission Requirements

The applicants must have completed at least an ITEC level 3 Anatomy & Physiology (or equivalent) previous training. Adequate knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology is essential.

Please read our Treatment Safety Check List before attending CCM courses

Course Cost

The course fee is £3500* per year

It includes:
- 45 lecture days
- 15 Clinical practice days
- Course Textbooks (electronic version)
- Lecture presentations
- Exam fees

After successfully completing your course there is a £30 certification charge

*To reserve a place there is a £400 deposit. The balance of £3100 is payable in up to six monthly instalments


Please fill in and submit the enrolment form and the course tutor will respond to your email to inform you of whether you have been accepted. If you have any queries about this course please contact Dragomir on 07976253682 or email:

Course Tutor

Dragomir Lubomirov MSc, FAcS
Vice Principal of CCM West London
Chair of the CCM Academic board

For more details about this Tutor click here.

Acupuncture Society Membership

Successful graduates from this course can apply for membership of the Acupuncture Society and are entitled to use the abbreviations MAcS after their names. The Society can also arrange professional indemnity insurance at a very competitive members preferential rate.


All members must be insured and log 15 hours of CPD per year (8 hours courses/seminars/workshops and 7 hours home study/research). They need to adhere to The Society’s Code of ethics rules and regulations and supply copies of their insurance. Acupuncture Society members are exempted from Local Authority Licensing in many areas including Greater London. For those working outside of Greater London, please check with your local authority.


The annual Acupressure membership to the Acupuncture Society is £100.

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