Standing up for physiotherapists and public health

Check out our main website at:
Loading Events

« All Events

Dry Needling Level 1

March 22 @ 8:00 am - April 14 @ 5:00 pm

Dry Needling training and certification starts with Acupuncture Canada’s Dry Needling Level 1 (DN1) course. Dry Needling Level 1 presents the concepts and theories regarding myofascial trigger points and the mechanism of action of dry needling from a clinical and evidence-informed approach. A selection of common conditions will be addressed with skills applications of selected muscles. Safety guidelines are emphasized throughout.

Using the trigger point approach, Dry Needling Level 1 addresses treatment of conditions including: strain of hip flexors, rotators, piriformis syndrome, hamstring strain, Achille’s tendinitis, strain from immobilization in casts, posterior rotator cuff, ankle strain/sprain, shin splints, and knee strain.

The DN1 course starts with a 3-week online study component, including videos, narrated PPTs, online written test, and case management plans. Online study is followed by a 3-day intensive in-person component where students work in small groups with experienced instructors, to learn safe, effective needling techniques. Practical evaluation takes place on last day of onsite. In BC, entry to practice requires completion of Dry Needling Level 1 and Level 2.

In 2024, Vancouver courses are offered:

  • April 12-14, 2024 onsite, with online start date of March 22
  • October 25-27, 2024 onsite, with online start date of October 4

What do our students say?

“Pace of course facilitated learning very well – not overwhelming.”

“The one on one. Instructor/student ratio was excellent. Lots of time for practice/instruction.”

“I thought the course and instructors were great. Definitely worth it.”

Course fee: $1,449 plus tax ($1,359 for Acupuncture Canada members). BC physios must have been in practice for 2 years, or already rostered for acupuncture, before using dry needling in practice. Dry Needling Certification is awarded after successful completion of the DN2 course.

For more details visit  or call 416-752-3988.

The DN1 course is the first of three courses in the Dry Needling Program. The Acupuncture Canada curriculum has been carefully designed to incorporate on-line learning components along with hands-on skills sessions to provide the best opportunity for students to build their knowledge and their clinical skills. DN1 is followed by Dry Needling Level 2 and Dry Needling Level 3: Advanced Techniques

Register Today


March 22 @ 8:00 am
April 14 @ 5:00 pm