Join the AACP

The AACP is the professional body representing the practice of Western research-based acupuncture in physiotherapy in the UK.


Formed in 1984 and as the largest Professional Network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, we are a member-led organisation with over 6000 members.

The AACP has a member-elected governing board and is managed by a team of enthusiastic staff in Peterborough.

Membership of the AACP will;

  • Expand your skill set with acupuncture and further career prospects
  • Attract more patients by offering a more complete treatment option
  • Increase your earning potential
  • Save money on professional products and services
  • Access specific AACP membership benefits
  • Opportunity to treat patients in many NHS trusts with acupuncture


view more I am a physiotherapist keen to learn acupuncture. Can I join?

If you have the following, you can attend an AACP Foundation Course:

  • Have HCPC physiotherapy registration
  • Have CSP membership
  • Be able to practise acupuncture in a clinical setting between the course parts
  • Give the tutor informed consent to receive repetitive needling (with particular regard to being or trying to become pregnant).
  • Be able to treat three separate patients in a safe and legal environment for their case studies. Failure to do so may affect your professional HCPC registration. (see AACP website for safety guidelines)
  • Attend all 6 days of the course


You will also be asked if you are able to give consent to receive repetitive needling (delivered by fellow course participants and the tutor).

If you are not a physiotherapist, please visit to find out about Acupuncture Foundation Courses for allied health professionals.

view more What does the Foundation Course entail?

  • Two three-day training sessions separated by six weeks OR
  • Two consecutive weekends training sessions followed by a further weekend training session six weeks later
  • Small training groups with a maximum of 15 participants
  • Hands-on experience through supervised practical workshops, lectures and discussion
  • Informative and comprehensive course workbooks and guide
  • Tuition from an accredited AACP tutor, with experience in acupuncture and physiotherapy

view more How can I attend a Foundation Course

CLICK HERE to find details of all AACP Acupuncture Foundation Courses and to book TODAY

view more I am a physiotherapist trained in acupuncture techniques. Can I join?

For full AACP membership, you will need to:

  • Be HCPC and CSP registered
  • Complete 10 hours of acupuncture CPD every two years
  • To be practicing acupuncture regularly, at least once a week
  • Hold the AACP Accredited Foundation Course qualification, OR if you have any other acupuncture education, we may ask you to attend an AACP Admissions Process or a brief update course. Please contact the office for more info via or 01733 390007 #1

view more Other AACP membership benefits

  • AACP Annual Conference and networking opportunities
  • Exclusive access to the AACP Online Shop, offering everything you need for your acupuncture-physiotherapy practice.
  • Free consultative advice from in-house AACP Clinical Advisor
  • Access to discounted CPD workshops and training
  • Entitlement to treat patients in many NHS trusts with acupuncture
  • Entitlement to treat patients registered with most Private Health Insurers
  • Substantial discounts on consumables and publications
  • Support and advice on commissioning and clinical benefits
  • Free AACP bi-annual Journals and monthly E-newsletters
  • 24/7 access to AACP Legal, providing assistance on legal issues, health and safety, employer/employee relations, tax and VAT.
  • Informative members-only website and on-line database access
  • Free marketing resources
  • Access to online research databases

Click here for the comprehensive list of AACP member benefits.

view more Types of AACP Membership

Trainee Membership

Trainee membership is automatic and free of charge whilst undergoing an AACP-approved Foundation Acupuncture Course. After successful completion you will become an Accredited Member and only one year after the start of your Course you will start paying a subscription fee. At both instances we shall contact you.

Accredited Membership

Accredited membership of the AACP is obtained once the Foundation Course has been successfully completed. The AACP renewal subscription of £82.50 is payable annually and may be paid by direct debit or card. Accredited members have access to the full range of member benefits. Click here to see member benefits.

Accredited Non-Practicing Membership

Temporary non-practising membership is available for members who don't practise for a limited period, for example as a result of maternity leave. This status does expire after one year, after which full accredited membership will have to be re-instated or membership has to cease. The only benefits that non-practicing members do not have access to is the PLI top-up and any product related discounts.

Temporarily non-practising Members pay a reduced annual fee of £25.

Retired Membership

Retired membership applies to those that are no longer practicing acupuncture regularly, however would like to keep informed of developments within the world of acupuncture. Retired members will still recieve the bi-annual journal 'Acupuncture in Physiotherapy™', monthly E-Newsletters and access to the members area of the website. Retired members do not have access to is the PLI top-up and any product related discounts.

Retired Members pay a reduced annual fee of £25.