Level 1 Introductory Dry Needling Course


Want to add Dry Needling to your Clinical Kit? Have you noticed your hands ache after a day of soft tissue work? Hypermobile thumbs perhaps? Or do you want to better understand how dry needling & acupuncture interact with manual therapy?

All great questions. All have been asked by the 1000s of manual therapists that have previously attended our Level 1 - Dry Needling Course, the first part of our Clinical Dry Needling Program. 

This dry needling course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the necessary theory and clinical practice. It is suited to clinicians with limited or no experience and covers minimum requirements for professional indemnity insurance. Practitioners must stay within their scope of practice after completion of their training.

Our Dry Needling Course Structure

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The Level 1 -  Dry Needling Introductory Course consists of three components;

  • Online Theory (work at your own pace, time & location) via AAP Education Academy
  • FREE Wet Lab Anatomy Workshop (2 hour exclusive - Value = $160) @ UWA 6 - 8.00pm
  • 1.5 days practical workshop (Fri 5.00 - 8.00pm and Saturday 8.00 - 5.00pm)

Dry Needling Course Participation Compulsory Requirements

  • Due to the presumed anatomy knowledge, advanced palpation skills and structure of these courses, our minimal education standard is a degree course or higher in an area of the medical health sciences; physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, myotherapy, medicine, podiatry or occupational therapy
  • You are required to have current registration with your national professional body (e.g AHPRA, MAA)
  • You are required to have public indemnity insurance as per your professional body's minimum standard
  • For these reasons, graduates of human movements, exercise physiology, nursing, remedial & therapeutic massage are ineligible to apply and AAP Education recommends you seek a course focused on simple dry-needling techniques

Key Features of Our Dry Needling Program

"I really appreciated; 

  1. Surface anatomy review
  2. Doug - very approachable + non-threatening
  3. eManual - very detailed + easy to read
  4. Regular breaks - great for someone that is 20 weeks pregnant" 

Beth Vellios  - Physiotherapist


"Doug I found the; 

  • case study presentations
  • demos and the low ratio of students to the presenter 
  • plantar fascia discussion
  • wet lab anatomy workshop
  • course manual and online video technique library all very helpful.

This dry needling course goes beyond just needling skills and pushes your ability to clinically reason. It encourages thinking outside the box and questioning what is already 'given knowledge'. It's been a pleasure being in your course the past 4 days."

Tisha Bohne - Physiotherapist

Text Recommendations

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Continuing Professional Development

An AAP Accredited course: 24 hours National AHPRA Registration CPD requirements (Includes F2F practical, Living Anatomy Wet Lab, pre-reading and online study modules)

What Sets AAP Education Apart from the Crowd?

Sierin.jpgYOU RECEIVE A FREE (VALUE = $160) 2-HOUR ANATOMY WET LAB WORKSHOP. Unique amongst all dry needling courses in Australia, is the opportunity to enjoy with clinical director, Dr Doug Cary, a guided tour of the upper limb, lower limb and spinal structures in relation to dry needling. Revisit the core skill of anatomical tissue identification but from a clinical perspective. This 2-hour clinically focused session at the UWA's premiere anatomy lab has practitioners repeatably coming back and back to hone their anatomy skills. All dry needling supplies are provided on the course + you receive a discount voucher for your first purchase of premium quality Seirin needles as used on the course. 

YOU RISK NOTHING! Attend an AAP Education course and if you are not absolutely convinced that it will improve how you treat your clients, we will provide you with a complete refund. We were the first to offer a 30-day, 100% No-Risk Satisfaction Guarantee. Why? Because we are sure the course content quality and clinical insights you receive, guarantee you exceptional value for your money. P.S. No one since 1995 has ever asked for a refund from us. Ever!

LIFETIME SUPPORT. Why go through the same pitfalls? Why reinvent the wheel? Your dry needling skills will develop through a series of progressively challenging courses, from Level 1 Introductory to Level 4 Master Needling. Along the way you learn in a supportive environment, combining theory practical, case studies and clinical reasoning. Even when not at a course and you have access to the course director, receive regular emails with clinical information and have access to a large online Resources Library with webinars, documents, and research papers. Why? Learning shouldn’t be threatening! We want your learning to be clinically relevant and fun. We offer the only progressive, COMPLETE dry needling program with LIFETIME support.

EXPERTISE. You will benefit from a presenter who has achieved specialisation in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, with 30+ years of full-time clinical experience, teaching dry needling since 1995 and a research doctorate at Curtin University. He also provides forensic consultation in dry needling and physiotherapy for AHPRA and other legal authorities.

BONUS LEARNING TOOLS. Most people don’t recall everything. For this reason, you have access to the online technique video library (Value $100) of all the techniques demonstrated during your course.

COMPLETE LEARNING MATERIALS. From the moment you enrol, you are learning. You receive access to online theory modules, anatomy quizzes and online articles. All to maximise your on-the-day learning. A Living Anatomy Wet Laboratory workshop is included, to enable an important review of anatomy ‘in the flesh’. No other dry needling course presenter provides access to anatomy workshops with a dry needling emphasis. Before the course, you receive an eManual, full text (no power point handouts) (Value $85). You can sit back, take notes, absorb information and review references later. It all makes your learning easy. For your PD portfolio, we provide individualised Course Competency & Completion Certificates (Value $35). No extra charge.

TIME CREATION. I find when using dry needling to treat clients, it creates 3-4 EXTRA minutes for every client if I am treating pain, trigger points or muscle spasms. Over a day of 15-20 clients, this is an extra hour, which I choose to spend providing more comprehensive client education and home exercise development. In this way, dry needling improves client outcomes through short-term pain relief and long-term functional improvements.

"The level of specificity and detail in the course was outstanding. The online theory and manual were very easy to navigate and a great resource to refer back to during the practical component of the course. Doug is extremely approachable and knowledgeable and really encourages you to think about pathology, and three-dimensional anatomy and use your clinical reasoning when using dry needling. Overall, a fantastic course that I would highly recommend to other clinicians." 

Jas Angelev - Physiotherapist

Rural & Remote Professional Development Support

See Rural Workforce Support Agencies for details in your state or territory.

Other Dry Needling Courses

Level 2 Advanced Spine and Lower Quadrant Course

Level 3 Advanced Spine and Upper Quadrant Course

Level 4 Master Needler Course

Associated course Living Anatomy - Wet Lab Learning