Dry Needling


The SCPT Regulatory Bylaws define specialized physical therapy procedures to include dry needling, and section 18 of those bylaws prohibits members from performing dry needling unless they have completed an educational program recognized by the council. Part of the requirement included in the bylaws is specific to a 90 hour theoretical and practical course instruct ion component. It should be noted that this 90 hour requirement may be met with course instruction hours, independent study pre course and/or with prerequisite acupuncture related requirements.


Recognized Educational Programs

The following educational programs are recognized by the council:

  1. Successful completion of theoretical and practical examination and internship of the UBC Gunn IMS program (UBCGUNNIMS) as well as required prerequisites , including completi on of part 1 and part 2 and all associated examinations .
  2. Gokavi Transverse Technique (GTT). (Prerequisites for this course include being a member of the AFCI and having successfully completed the AFCI certification examination or equivalent.)
  3. Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling. Must have completed either:
    • Level I and Basic Acupuncture prerequisite (AFCI certification or equivalent);
    • Both Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling Level 1 - Applications for Pain Management & Sports Injuries and Functional Dry Needling Level 2 - Advanced Applications for Pain Manageme nt & Sports Injuries *Note: Therapists are not permitted to dry needle following completion of level 1 only. This may apply to individuals who have been certified to practice these techniques through licencing in another jurisdiction in Canada.
    • Successful completion of Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling Level 1, Kinetacore Functional Therapeutics, and Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling Level 2 *Note: Therapists are permitted to dry needle only the muscle taught in level 1 following completion of both Level 1 and Functional Therapeutics for the purpose of completing their 100 hour practice log for level 2.


Standards of Practice

Practicing acupuncture or dry needling techniques on patients is not permitted until the physical therapist has demonstrated competency through successful completion of the approved course and is able to provide proof of their educational requirements to SCPT if requested.

Physical therapists that have successfully completed a recognized educational pr ogram and are practising dry needling are expected to use professional judgment and act within their level of competence.


Apply for a Specialized Educational Course

If you are a SCPT member and are interested in applying to have an additional course included on our list of council recognized courses for the practice of specialized procedures please click on the button below to access our application for specialized procedure educational course approval form.

Specialized Procedure Educational Course Approval Form