Prior needling experience e.g. acupuncture is an asset but is not required. Course participants must have been in physiotherapy practice for a minimum of three years and be registered** to practice in the province where the course is being offered. Participants must also have one of the following:
- Acupuncture Canada’s ACC designation (Level 1 Certificate) or completion of AA1 and AA2 courses (previously offered as the CAFCI designation or AFCI courses: Level 1 – Part 1, 2a, 3a)
- McMaster University Acupuncture Program (or equivalent certification)
- A minimum of Level 2 upper and lower quadrant courses from the Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy program run through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (Preference given to Level 3 applicants).
**For out-of-province physiotherapists, you will have to contact the College of Physiotherapists in order to obtain temporary courtesy registration in order to take the course.
We require these prerequisites as participants are more optimally able to integrate dry needling into a multi-modal treatment approach when they already have a sufficient level of: experience, clinical reasoning ability, manual skills and exposure to a broad range of patient presentations and conditions.