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Acupuncture – a viable new career path, especially in a COVID and post-COVID world

Is the training safe?

For our new enrolment course commencing in January 2021, we have redesigned the course delivery so that the first 6 months will be conducted exclusively online. We plan to return to in-person training from September 2021, but only if it is safe to do so.

In addition, an important part of what you learn on the course is how to practise safely. We will teach you the skills and protocols to follow so that you can treat your patients secure in the knowledge that you are maintaining the highest level of safety for both you and your patients.

Click here for our Code of Safe Practice for further details

Is it really a viable career path in the context of a global pandemic?

In the uncertainty that has been created by the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are asking themselves “how can I best protect my health”? Those who are facing an imposed career change as a result of Covid-19 are also questioning what career choices are going to be viable and sustainable in our ‘new’ world?

Research has shown that acupuncture boosts your immune system and helps to clear energy blocks that lower your immunity (

This is an ancient system of medicine that is going to be so needed in the future.
If you are looking for viable work both now and in the future that will help protect your health and that of others, join us for your new course commencing in January 2021.

Concerned about cost?

We understand that the pandemic has created financial uncertainty for many of us. To ease the burden on our students, we have …

  • discounted our first year fees by €600
  • removed the potential cost of travel and accommodation over the first six months by moving the course online over that period
  • devised a phased payment option to spread the cost over time

For more information, click here for our 2021 enrolment page.

Change Your Life & The Lives of Others Doing What You Love!

Ireland’s Leading Centre Of Excellence in Classical Five Element Acupuncture.

Based in Clontarf, Dublin, the College of Five Element Acupuncture will help you become a professional acupuncturist with all the skills necessary to diagnose and treat each patient. These skills will empower you to build a busy successful practice.  Watch the video above and see what  students have said about the Course.


New Academic Year starts Jan 2021
First 6 months online!

Come and join us in January 2021!

In light of the effect COVID 19 is having on movement, social distancing and what is allowable and not allowable, we have re structured the course to keep you safe and allow you continue working and/or meeting family commitments, by having classes once a week (Saturdays) for the first 6 months online (Jan to June 2021). Your travel and accommodation costs will be zero in the first six months as you can learn from the comfort of your own home!

Then we will meet in person once a month (public health recommendations permitting) for the rest of Year 1 (Sept to Dec 2021). Then we will teach you in person 4 days a month, Thurs to Sun (public health recommendations allowing) for the rest of Year 1 (Sept to Dec 2021).

All of Year 2 will be in person 4 days a month (Thurs to Sun).

Year 3/Clinical (when you will be treating patients under supervision!) is weekly on Saturdays for 7 months, followed by 3 monthly visits to finish.

If you’re looking for a new start, or simply to start something new in the New Year, CoFEA can provide you with the education, skills and experience to embark on a safe and increasingly popular healing career path.

Come and experience it for yourself at our free online event

Our next free online event is on

Saturday, 7 November, 2020

10am to 12pm (BST or Dublin, Ireland time)

Participate from the comfort of your own home!

  Register in advance for this meeting:   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Not sure about studying acupuncture? Come to our no obligation FREE OPEN EVENT and experience for yourself  what is involved. This will give you direct experience of this ancient system of medicine and how you can become proficient, learning from our internationally recognized Teachers. You will gain a real insight into energy (or what the ancient Chinese called, Qi) – and this will enable you to experience the benefits of learning with us at first hand.

The free open event includes:

  • A comprehensive talk on the origins of this Medicine
  • Hear how effective this system of medicine is and how we can teach you to be an effective Practitioner
  • We will do a Workshop focusing on one skillset needed to be a Classical Five Element Acupuncturist

Book your place

Call us on +353 1 833 0865 or send us an email using the form on the right

Enjoy the health benefits of this wonderful system of medicine now!

One of the best ways to find out whether something is for you, is to experience it at first hand - treatments by fully qualified practitioners available

Contact us at to book in

Read what others say about our free open events

It was a wonderful morning, I enjoyed the event. I felt it was not only informative and educational, but also very enjoyable. The location was perfect and the atmosphere was very relaxed. I felt very welcome. I thought the layout of the morning was excellent and I loved how the Qi Gong, was also part of the event and the course. I came out of the hotel feeling very happy with all I had learned.


Congratulations on a very enlightening presentation it was so engaging. It was a great mix of theory and practice.


I found the day very informative - Frequently when I finish Day Courses, I come away weary and often tired - the opposite was the case, I felt energised and now believe I would like to know more.


I have found studying at COFEA to be really thrilling. The Teachers are of great quality and very supportive.

Vanessa, Class of 2016

Studying Acupuncture for me is the best thing that is happening in my life! It's so different to doing other courses; it's been able to grow as a person and helping other people help themselves.

Anouk, Class of 2016

Five element acupuncture is a joy to learn. In the three year course you’ll challenge yourself and the way you see others. You’ll understand and feel more connected to the seasons and your relationships have the potential to really blossom.

The faculty are skilled and very encouraging; the things you learn at COFEA over the three years can transform your own life as well as that of those around you. Who’d have realised we are so connected to nature; and how important it is to do a poo first thing in the morning!?

If you have a real desire to improve the health of others and to unravel some of nature’s mysteries, you’re on the right track here.

Lee, Class of 2016

About the course

The programme runs part-time over three years and is designed for convenience to both national and international participants. We have also structured the course to allow you continue working and/or meeting family commitments, by having classes once a month for the first two years. On graduation, you will be awarded a Licentiate in Acupuncture (Lic. Ac.)

Why Study With Us?


We are the only College in Ireland offering training in Classical Five Element Acupuncture leading to the internationally recognized Licentiate in Acupuncture Qualification.


COFEA has put together a comprehensive curriculum and assembled an expert Teaching Faculty to ensure you will get a complete education in Classical Five Element Acupuncture. This will enable you to practice this amazing system of medicine at the highest level.


We have structured the 3 year part time Course to allow you continue working and/or meeting family commitments while studying at COFEA. Classes are held initially online (6 months) and then when safe to do so, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays each month for 4 months of Year 1 and 10 months of Year 2 to minimize the effect on your working week and/or family commitments. Year 3 will be weekly in person when you will be treating patients under supervision!


The Cost of the Course is highly competitive when compared with other acupuncture courses in Ireland and abroad.


On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for Membership of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland. This will give you membership of the largest acupuncture organization in Ireland with lots of benefits. You will also be eligible to join the internationally acclaimed Worsley Institute, the body that promotes Classical Five Element Acupuncture world wide.


Our Teaching Location is a beautiful setting by the sea and conveniently located in Dublin – 20 minutes by car or train or bus from Dublin City Centre.


For our international students, our Teaching Location is only 20 minutes away from Dublin International Airport and we can source competitively priced accommodation for you.


Classical Five Element Acupuncture is one of the safest, most comprehensive and far reaching systems of healing in the world.

Our Team

Meet your faculty and staff team. All of our team are teachers and practitioners of Classical Five Element Acupuncture and have a wealth of experience to pass onto you!

Got a question?

Graduation Ceremony – Class of 2019