I represent Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council (AcuC) on the acupuncture stakeholders board. I do not agree that a 3 year degree is necessary to become a qualified acupuncturist, but I oppose courses that are too short ( ie. 12 day courses ). You cannot become competent at acupuncture in such a short time, these courses merely swell the bank balances of those offering them. Medically qualified people who take short acupuncture courses( ie. 2+ day courses ) may not be dangerous, but that does not make them good acupuncturists. I for instance have had substantial training in China, treated patients for 18 years, taught 100′s of students, written books and still find there is more to learn. Neither a short course or a degree course will equal that.
Before anyone thinks this is a one sided opinion, you may want to read missing the point on acupuncture regulation by Rosemary Byefield.
Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council (AcuC) is a professional body of practitioners specialising in Oriental Medicine which includes Tui Na Chinese massage, Acupuncture, Microsystems, Thai massage etc. It was established in 1995. The Bodyharmonics Acupuncture Diploma Course provides high quality practical & theoretical training to underpin a successful career. Auricular acupuncture is part of the course. Bodyharmonics School offers professional CPD courses in wrist & ankle acupuncture, scalp acupuncture and other Microsystems.