Graduates of the ICTCM

Qualifying as an Acupuncturist

The College specialises in turning out fully-rounded professional practitioners, not mere theoreticians. If you want to be a "Superior Practitioner" of Acupuncture TCM, able to use Acupuncture not only to alleviate, or even cure, current diseases but also to help a client to be better equipped to prevent future illness from occuring, then the Licentiate in TCM (Lic.TCM) is the course for you.

Can I qualify as an Acupuncturist?

Can I qualify as an Acupuncturist?

The Lic.TCM is specifically designed for part-time students of all backgrounds and nationalities. There is no upper age limit, but you must be at least 20 years old to attend the programme.

No specific formal educational qualifications or prior western or Chinese medical training are required for undergraduate programme. Each applicant will be considered on his or her own merits.

While the Lic.TCM is specifically designed for part time students, applicants who already have significant commitments in terms of work or family will need to be sure that they have the resources and support to sustain them through the course.

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What is the qualification?

What is the qualification?

At the end of the Clinical Training those students who have satisfied the requirements of the course will be awarded the Licentiate in Traditional Chinese Medicine qualification, along with the appropriate certificate.

The Licentiate is recognised by the Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine (PRTCM) - the first regulatory body of Acupuncture and TCM in Ireland. The qualification is in line with the entry requirements for the PRTCM and is approved, accredited and validated by them. Graduates are automatically eligible to apply for entry to the Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine and thus to take up a profession as a practitioner of Acupuncture and TCM.

They are also then eligible to take part in Postgraduate training with the ICTCM and its affiliated colleges. The Lic.TCM is deemed to be a Bachelor of Science-equivalent by Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, our TCM partner University in China, and it qualifies graduates to apply for the Masters Degree in TCM.

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How long does it take?

How long does it take?

The Licentiate in TCM is an intensive part-time course which runs for three years. There are twelve main teaching weekends for each of the first two years. Teaching sessions in the first two years are approximately monthly, in the third, Clinical year, fortnightly. Unlike other institutes, the ICTCM ensures that all teaching sessions are held only on Saturdays and Sundays.

Although the course is part time it is demanding, as it aspires to turn out fully competent and qualified, confident and professional practitioners in a relatively short time. It is, however, offered in a way which enables it to be accessible to people who are currently working full time in another career or in the home.

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How much does it cost?

How much does it cost?

The fees are set in advance for all three years of this programme. We are happy to inform you that, for 2017 intake of students, the fees are being held at current levels.

  • Year 1 - €3,850
  • Year 2 - €3,950
  • Year 3 - €3,950
  • Western Medicine Module (if required) €480 (First year only).

Nearly all course material is provided by the college and there are not many additional expenses.

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When does it start?

When does it start?

Dates - the Irish College of TCM College calendar


  • The professional Acupuncture TCM training course normally begins in October each year and interviews are currently taking place for this year's course.
  • The first Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma course in Medical Qigong started in September/October 2006. Normally a new course is started every 18-24 months. Applications are currently being accepted for the next intake.
  • The Master and Doctoral Degrees are run jointly with GUCM who have a semester-based academic year.
  • CPD programmes take place from time to time throughout the year.

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How and When can I apply?

How and When can I apply?

We are now interviewing for the 2017 intake of this professional Acupuncture training course which begins in October. Early application is advised as we have a limited number of places available each year.

To apply, you can download the application pack online, and post or email it to the College Secretary with a passport sized photo.

Detailed instructions on how to apply.

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Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Guangzhou University of TCM