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There are a few categories of AACP Membership:

  • Accredited Members
  • Advanced Members
  • Honorary Members
  • Trainee Members
  • International Members
  • Retired/Non-Practising Members


Physiotherapists undertaking AACP-approved Foundation Courses will automatically join as Trainee Members, included in their course fee. Trainee membership will give access to the website for research purposes and a range of other benefits. On successful completion of their Foundation Course their membership will be converted to Accredited status.

Physiotherapists joining AACP after approved training are normally allocated Accredited status. This is full membership and is awarded to those applicants who have satisfied the AACP training requirements in full. Annual renewal is granted to those members who maintain 10 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) every 2 years of membership.

To become an Advanced Member, Accredited Members are required to undertake 200 hours of further training over and above any CPD. Advanced Members are also required to maintain 10 hours CPD every 2 years after gaining Advanced status.

Honorary Membership is offered to those who, in the opinion of the AACP Board, have made an outstanding contribution in support of acupuncture within physiotherapy. Honorary Members do not pay a subscription to AACP, but do have a vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Non-Practising membership is a temporary category designed to allow physiotherapists who are unable to practise for a period of time to retain their membership, but at a reduced rate of subscription. Non-Practising membership may only be held for a maximum of 12 months, after which full membership must be renewed.

Retired membership is offered to those physiotherapists who have retired completely from the profession, but who wish to maintain their contact with AACP.

Trainee, Non-Practising and Retired members have full access to the AACP website, and receive member discounts on publications, courses and conferences, but they may not vote at the AACP AGM.

All applicants for membership of AACP must be current members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

All membership of AACP is at the discretion of the Board, who reserve the right to decline membership applications or renewals if they have due cause.