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Come and experience ancient wisdom at our free online event

Our  next Introduction to Acupuncture Studies on Zoom  is on Sat 15 April 2023 at 11.30am till 12.30pm
Register in advance using this link:      

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into acupuncture points located around the body to bring our energy into harmony and balance, benefiting your health on all levels. Five Element Acupuncture is one the safest, most comprehensive and far reaching systems of medicine in the world.   This style of acupuncture, rooted in ancient wisdom,  diagnoses and treats the cause of disease. By so doing, five element acupuncture restores our health  and returns us to well – being that is our natural right.

If you are interested in helping other people, studying this system of medicine will be a very rewarding and satisfying way to do so, learning to see and treat others, body, mind and spirit.  To study, you dont need any prior training or experience – we will give you all the tools you need to become an excellent Five Element Acupuncturist.

We have structured our part time Course to allow you continue working and/or meeting family commitments by having classses once a month for the first two Years, Thurs to Sun for 10 months of the year. Third Year is one day a week for 7 months.  If you think you might be interested, why not join us on our Introductory Day listed here.


 Enrolling couldn’t be easier – just fill in the application form available on this site and then we will team up with you for an interview.


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

Discounted Treatments by Student practitioners available

Come and experience the benefits of this amazing system of Medicine! Discounted  Acupuncture Treatments by Student Practitioners are available from 14 Jan 2023 till end June 2023  under the supervision of highly experienced Faculty Practitioners every Saturday. Call or email to benefit: or  01 8330865

Podcast of our College Principal, Declan Rothwell, talking about this amazing system of medicine for you to listen to.

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

Is the training safe?

Our next new Group was due to start in Jan 2022 but with the increased incidence of COVID worldwide, and concerns about high levels of transmission and travel restrictions, the next Course will now start in Sept 2022. The course delivery is structured to make it safe for you with the latest health and safety protocols in place.

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 our next course commencing in Sept 2022.

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 devised a phased payment option to spread the cost over time.



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

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  Five Element Acupuncture leading to the internationally recognized Licentiate in Acupuncture Qualification. This Qualification will enable you practise in Ireland and the UK, and the Netherlands. Requirements to practise vary in other countries and you will need to check the requirements of the individual country you wish to practise in. In all cases, our Qualification is a solid foundation to practise internationally!


COFEA has put together a comprehensive curriculum and assembled an expert Teaching Faculty to ensure you will get a complete education in  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, if it is safe to do so, in person, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays each month for 10 months of Year 1 and 10 months of Year 2. This part time commitment will minimize the effect on your working week and/or family commitments. Year 3 will be weekly in person for 7 months 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.


Our Course complies with core curriculum and membership standards of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland (ACI). Therefore, you will, on graduation, be eligible to apply for membership of the ACI. 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  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 there is competitively priced accommodation available to you in the local area.


 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 Five Element Acupuncture and have a wealth of experience to pass onto you!

Got a question?

Graduation Ceremony – Class of 2019