Anyone who just completed a course in acupuncture from an acupuncture school would definitely want to pursue a career as an acupuncturist. But the question is how can you get into this kind of job?
In order to become an acupuncturist, you would need to complete four year of tertiary study in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. You can also be entering a post graduate training program in traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis and acupuncture theory. Secondary education in acupuncture would include useful subjects such as English and Chinese languages, chemistry and biology.
In tertiary education, you would also need to complete certain requirements. In March 2008, the National Diploma in Acupuncture was de-registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority or NZQA. By 2009, all acupuncturists were required to have a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Acupuncture). But if you already have a degree in any health-related science course, then it is possible for you to be eligible in cross crediting your points so that you can study acupuncture on a postgraduate level.
For example in New Zealand, the only training facility found in Auckland and Wellington is the only tertiary education provider in New Zealand that offers the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Acupuncture or BHSc (Acupuncture). This training facility belongs to the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The campuses of the New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine in Auckland and Christ church offer a National Diploma in Acupuncture.
The best way for acupuncturists to gain skills on the job is training on the job. Like the members of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists, they undertake continuous education each year as a requirement in order to gain their Annual Practicing Certificate.
When it comes to actually become a registered acupuncturist, there are also criteria to consider. Like in New Zealand for example, it is preferred that you are a member of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists (NZRA) and that you have an annual practicing certificate. You need to pass a written and practical examination, including a demonstration of competence in sterile treatment procedures to become registered. It is considered good business practice to have all these requirements and it can help with the credibility and public assurance even though you are a qualified acupuncturists but not a member of the NZRA.
Useful experience of acupuncturists would include working in traditional Chinese medicine, working in a health sector, doing counseling work and studying in an Eastern culture and experiencing the livelihood of Eastern culture. It is also a plus factor if you have learned about Eastern philosophy.