Practitioner Program

Becoming a Practitioner

There are 8 online and 6 days of hands on courses in Small Animal or Equine Acupressure, plus 40 hours of Elective courses, to complete the Tallgrass North America Practitioner Program. The program is self-paced and pay as you go, and recommended completion is within a 24 month period. Once you complete the course requirements, you will be eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage certification exam.

Animal Acupressure Training courses

It is incumbent upon each Tallgrass Animal Acupressurist Student to know the laws set forth by their state/province/territory of residence. The laws and regulations concerning acupressure and other forms of bodywork for animals vary widely and are constantly changing. We strongly recommend that each Animal Acupressure student consistently refer to their local veterinary board and human massage board.

Course Sequence:

1. Overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine (online)

2. Introduction to Animal Acupressure Hands on Training - Equine or Small  Animal

3. Meridian Theory (online)

4. Meridians & Specific Conditions Hands on Training - Equine or Small Animal

5. Introduction to Five Element Theory (online)

6. Acupoint Classification (online)

7. Acupoint Energetics & Landmark Anatomy (online) - Equine or Small Animal

8. Pathology (online) - Equine or Small Animal

9. Indicators & Assessment (online) - Equine or Small Animal

10. Proficiency Verification (online) - Equine or Small Animal   OPTIONAL

training in acupressure for animals
Two elective courses (20 hours each) are also required to complete the Practitioner Training Program. To be eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (NBCAAM) exam, one of the two electives needs to be a hands-on course of 20 + verifiable hours approved by NBCAAM.

Elective courses may include the study of: essential oils, Reiki, crystals, massage, etc. and preferably in working with animals. Participants are requested to submit copies of certificates, letters or other verification of completion for courses in other complementary therapies to fulfill the elective requirement of (40 hours). 

 

Cost Overview 

1. Overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine (online) = $330 CAD / $255 USD

2. Introduction to Animal Acupressure Hands on Training - Equine or Small Animal = $450 CAD / $390 USD

3. Meridian Theory (online) = $365 CAD / $280 USD

4. Meridians & Specific Conditions Hands on Training - Equine or Small Animal = $1000 CAD / $850 USD

5. Introduction to Five Element Theory (online) = $365 CAD / $280 USD

6. Acupoint Classification (online) = $365 CAD / $280 USD

7. Acupoint Energetics & Landmark Anatomy (online) - Equine or Small Animal = $400 CAD/ $305 USD

8. Pathology (online) - Equine or Small Animal = $430 CAD / $335 USD

9. Indicators & Assessment (online) - Equine or Small Animal = $430 CAD / $ 330 USD

10. Proficiency Verification (online) - Equine or Small Animal = $165 CAD / $145 USD       OPTIONAL

Total = $4,135 CAD / $3,450 USD (without electives)

 

To Become Dual-Certified (Equine and Small Animal)

Complete Practitioner Program for first species.

Complete the 4-day hands-on course for second species, as well as Anatomy, Pathology, and Indicators & Assessment courses for the second species.

 

Dual Certification Cost Overview

Listed below are additional courses needed for dual certification for 2nd species:

2. Introduction to Animal Acupressure Hands on Training - Equine or Small Animal = $450 CAD / $385 USD       OPTIONAL

4. Meridians & Specific Conditions Hands on Training - Equine or Small Animal = $1,000 CAD / $850 USD

7. Acupoint Energetics & Landmark Anatomy (online) - Equine or Small Animal = $400 CAD / $305 USD

8. Pathology (online) - Equine or Small Animal = $430 CAD / $335 USD

9. Indicators & Assessment (online) - Equine or Small Animal = $430 CAD / $330 USD                50% OFF ($215 CAD/ $165 USD)

 

Total = $6,180 CAD / $ 5,105 USD (without electives)

 

Email us at tallgrassnorthamerica@gmail.com if you have any questions.