ASAB Course Accreditation Application Form

Colleges & New Acupuncture & TCM Courses Requiring Acupuncture Society Accreditation

(Acupuncture Society Accreditation Board)


Board Accreditation Criteria


Course accreditation

There will be an initial set-up charge of £300 (which includes all document appraisals and our accreditation officer’s fees) further there is an annual accreditation renewal charge of £200 (which includes the principle course leader’s annual membership fee)(further teachers will need also to become members of the society at a cost of £100 per year, please inform us of their names and contact details)


Copies of your course material and handbooks including course content, objectives, examination criteria/methods and course leaders qualifications must be attached to this form in docx, xls or pdf format

We require all course leaders/teachers on our accredited courses to become members of the Acupuncture Society and course graduates of these courses will be accepted as members after their application process has been completed see:

Students must obtain student insurance from our insurers Holistic prior to attending courses which can be converted to practitioner insurance once they have been qualified 


also they will need to submit the student membership form on the acupuncture society website prior to starting your course (once qualified and full verified membership obtained they can quote their membership number to holistic to convert their student insurance to practitioner status)

student cover will only cover them for treatments during course hours and course home assignments




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Application Accreditation Criteria

All course accreditation applicants must meet with the Society registrar to discuss course content, objectives/outcomes and examination criteria/methods and are advised as to what is required.

The registrar discusses the application and its merits/failings with the acupuncture society accreditation board.
The board is composed of 3 society fellows who make judgements as to the appropriateness of the course, its location, content and the qualification of its teachers/course leaders. The Board cannot contain fellows who are course leaders of any courses being discussed for accreditation

As Acupuncture is a therapy-based subject we accept course leaders with at least 10 years clinical experience as practitioners, teaching qualifications without clinical experience as a practitioner are not acceptable.

Following scrutiny of the application documents, if any failings are detected, then recommendations will be made to the applicant so that they can remedy any short comings in their documentation; if the society accreditation
recommendations are not met within 3 months then an application will be declined and re application would be necessary.

Course accreditation applicants must re re-apply annually and meet the registrar discuss course documents and outcomes from the previous year. Recommendations will be made to the re applicants after discussions have taken place the accreditation board and they will be advised accordingly if there are any further or new recommendations to which they should adhere and any further documentation in this event should be re submitted the society.


Students will also need to read and respond to the following where appropriate prior to course commencement


The list below is a student safety guide used prior undertaking an acupuncture society accredited course. We aim to protect the health and safety of students in training and also those they practise on during and after the course.

If you suffer from any of the conditions listed below or other conditions which have not been included that you feel are relevant, please inform us prior to class treatments so that we can assess you suitability for such treatment.

Where there is any doubt please consult your GP.

- A recent operation 
- An untreated medical condition
- Severe Bone or joint disorders (rheumatoid/osteoarthritis, osteoporosis)
- Cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure, heart / circulatory disease, thrombosis) 
- Diabetes 
- Endocrine disorders 
- Epilepsy 
- Drug addiction or recent use of cocktails of recreational and prescribed drugs and or excessive alcohol consumption
- Medication 
- Pregnancy (or post natal) 
- Severe skin disorders 
- Severe mental illness
- Spinal injuries 
- Prone to fainting
- If you suffer from infectious diseases like hepatitis b or HIV

You must also have eaten about 2 hours prior to treatment (please inform tutor if you haven't

- If there anything else we should know about your health, please let the tutor know.
- The same proceeding is required prior to treating your clients or during assignments


We will also need full details of your course syllabus and copies of your manuals and therapy contra indications which you give to students before commencement of the course

Course leaders/colleges will need to give a written undertaking that if a course is not completed or cancelled all student fees will be returned in full


Society members with criminal records must disclose these in full to the registrar

Society members must demonstrate sufficient command of the English language to be able to carry out one's work adequately and comply with local authority health safety and licencing requirements, carry full indemnity insurance and complete the required CPD course hours annually which are to be submitted on our CPD log form

Enquiries please email


Tel: 0773 4668 402

Acupuncture Accreditation Board

Application for Course Accreditation



CCM 3 Year TCM Course Accreditation in 1998


The Acupuncture Society Accreditation Board began its work in 1998 and has been setting high standards of training and practice in acupuncture and TCM.

The ASAB ensures that accredited colleges keep up to date with new professional and academic standards in Traditional Chinese medicine.

Standards adopted by the ASAB are in line with other professionals in the field.

The ASAB follows closely and adopts any new emerging industry standards which are to be undertaken by accredited colleges.


The College of Chinese Medicine and other accredited courses and Colleges have also complied with the above criteria



The ASAB Accreditation of the College of Chinese

The ASAB Accreditation of the College of Chinese Medicine began in spring 1998.

The objective of the accreditation process was to ensure that the College and its syllabus:

A) Preserved its original character combining Chinese Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Ancient Chinese with Modern Western Diagnosis

B) That the procedure was established to enable the course to be regularly updated in line with others in the profession

C) That the Western Bio Science content was to be taught by experts in each field

D) That the College should begin using industry standards of Mandarin for Herbs and point numbers for Acupuncture

E) That the course should be practical and included all students regular access to College Teaching Clinic

ASAB has been evaluating and regulating the College of Chinese Medicine since 1998.

The Acupuncture Society is a non profit company and the Societies register has been in existence since 1998


ASAB members operate independantly and have honarary unpaid positions and board membership may change from time to time to avoid conflicts of interest

The Acupuncture Society Accreditation Board consists of 2 Society members a lay person

The Board annually revues its stated objectives against the achieved outcome made by accredited colleges and courses on annual review

Board members with criminal records must disclose these in full to the registrar and must demonstrate sufficient command of the English language to be able to carry out one's work adequately

Accreditation procedure

Each spring since 1998 Acupuncture Accreditation Board officers have met with representatives of the College of Chinese medicine to set achievement targets the outcome of which are monitored at subsequent annual meetings.

Acupuncture Society Accreditation board officer's serve on a voluntary basis and are not paid for their efforts

Accreditation officer powers

Officers may sit in on any lectures, question lecturers, can request syllabus information, inspect college records, talk to students and examine examination records, they may consult with experts to be informed of up to date movements within the industry.

The College or any other Colleges or courses undergoing accreditation are obliged under the terms of the this process not to restrict or impede officers carrying out their enquiries and are expected to act on their recommendations

Accredited TCM Curriculum for The College of Chinese Medicine

Course outline

This is a part-time, degree-level diploma course which 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 modern Western medical sciences as well as traditional Chinese medicine.  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 three years, plus three additional months of clinical attachment in the fourth year. Classes are held over 21 weekends per year, with additional pre-specified days for introductions and inductions, and for clinical attachment.

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 awarded a Certificate by the College and will be eligible to apply for membership to The Acupuncture Society.

Below is an outline of the twelve main modules covered by the course, and the number of hours assigned to each.

MODULE Contact hours Home study Total
Anatomy and Physiology 70 180 250
Plant Chemistry and Pharmacology 52.5 125 177.5
Nutrition 17.5 45 62.5
Clinical Medicine I and II 122.5 245 367.5
TCM Theory 77 210 287
Traditional Diagnosis and Treatment I & II 122.5 367.5 490
Acupuncture I, II and III 182 546 728
Chinese Herbal Medicine I, II and III 175 525 700
Acupressure Massage 28 56 84
Practitioner Research 21 42 63
Practitioner Development & Ethics 14 28 42
Clinical Practice 420 840 1020

TOTAL 1,302 3,209.5 4,511.5


Twenty weekends plus one weekend of introduction Ten additional days of clinical attachment (80 hours) One day First Aid course

(AM and PM college sessions are each 3.5 hours in duration, and clinical attachment days are 8 hours in duration)


1. Anatomy and Physiology
2. Plant Chemistry and Pharmacology
3. Nutrition
4. TCM Theory
5. Chinese Herbal Medicine I
6. Acupuncture I
7. Clinical Practice I

Weekends 2 - 16 on alternate weekends:

1st weekend Saturday Sunday
AM Anatomy & Physiology TCM Theory
PM Anatomy & Physiology Chinese Herbal Medicine I

2nd weekend

AM Plant Chemistry & Pharmacology TCM Theory
PM Plant Chemistry & Pharmacology Acupuncture I

Weekends 17 - 21 on alternate weekends:

1st weekend Saturday Sunday
AM Anatomy & Physiology TCM Theory
PM Anatomy & Physiology Chinese Herbal Medicine I

2nd weekend

AM Nutrition TCM Theory
PM Nutrition Acupuncture I


Twenty one weekends Ten additional days of clinical attachment (80 hours)


1. Clinical Medicine I
2. Traditional Diagnosis and Treatment I
3. Chinese Herbal Medicine II
4. Acupuncture II
5. Acupressure Massage
7. Clinical Practice II

Weekends 1 - 19 on alternate weekends:

1st weekend Saturday Sunday
AM Clinical Medicine I Acupuncture II
PM Clinical Medicine I Chinese Herbal Medicine II

2nd weekend

AM Traditional Diagnosis I Acupuncture II
PM Traditional Diagnosis I Chinese Herbal Medicine II

Weekends 20 - 21

Saturday Sunday
AM Acupressure Massage Acupressure Massage
PM Acupressure Massage Acupressure Massage


Twenty one weekends Twenty additional days of clinical attachment (160 hours)


1.Clinical Medicine II
2. Traditional Diagnosis II
3. Chinese Herbal Medicine III
4. Acupuncture III
5. Practitioner Research
6. Practitioner Development, Ethics and Dynamics of Private Practice
7. Clinical Practice III

Weekends 1 - 16

1st weekend Saturday Sunday
AM Clinical Medicine II Acupuncture III
PM Clinical Medicine II Chinese Herbal Medicine III

2nd weekend

AM Traditional Diagnosis I Acupuncture III
PM Traditional Diagnosis I Chinese Herbal Medicine III

Weekends 17 - 19

Saturday Sunday
AM Practitioner Research Acupuncture III
PM Practitioner Research Chinese Herbal Medicine III

Weekends 20 - 21

Saturday Sunday
AM Practitioner Development & Ethics Acupuncture III
PM Practitioner Development & Ethics Chinese Herbal Medicine III

FOURTH YEAR - post graduation

The forth year comprises of 100 hours of supervised clinical work and individual case study projects. There are 3 meetings on a one-to-one basis for analysis and discussion on the students work.

Course Particulars

1. Course Length
The course satisfies the length requirements of the Acupuncture Society Accreditation Board for Acupuncture and TCM Education.

Lecture Hours Clinic Hours Home Study
Year 1: 294 80 871
Year 2: 294 80 907.5
Year 3: 294 160 951
Year 4:
100 200

Total: 882 420 3,209.5 4511.5

2. Completion Certificate
Successful students are awarded a Certificate from the College.
3. Relationship to Purpose
The College has designed its curriculum to explicitly meet its educational objectives, and is committed to an ongoing process of improvement and refinement to the course
4. Quality of Learning, and Quality of Teaching
Please refer to curriculum
5. Professional Conduct and Safe Practice
The Acupuncture Society's Code of Ethics, Rules and Regulations has been fully adopted by the College, and is taught and assessed as part of a Year 3 Module Practitioner Development & Ethics..
6. Clinical Teaching
Please refer to curriculum.
7. Professional Competencies
The College places great emphasis on patient-centred education firmly based in clinical practice, and fully embraces the Acupuncture Society's standards for professional competence.

Regular student evaluation identifies potential areas for improvement to tutorial support.

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