Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Balance System of Acupuncture program is a professional development program for those already practicing acupuncture. If you have a license to practice acupuncture you may register for the upcoming prerequisites. License to practice applies to the jurisdiction you will be practicing in.

Entry to Level 1
License to Practice: Any health care practitioner with basic Acupuncture Foundational training, min 250 foundational training hours (e.g. organ and meridian pathways, acupoint locations, special points and categories, etc.)  This includes allopathic medical physicians and naturopathic physicians, beyond registered Acupuncturists. You may register for Certificate program and also prerequisites and/or equivalency while waiting for entry approval.

Equivalency Exams are available to those who have training in the balance method. Please email to inquire about eligibility.

Other entry options consideration:

A student who has completed all required TCM course work (or Acupuncture schooling, minimum 250 hours), but has not yet written the exam to obtain their license to practice may take Level 1 and Level 2. Please email to inquire.

  • The current intake schedule is posted on this website for the certificate, prerequisites and practical referesher.
  • Dates for upcoming equivalency exams for which you can register are on this webpage under Courses
  • A general summary of dates for future intakes beyond the current year can be found here

  • Prerequisite courses (BSAP1101 & 1102) are $500 each.
  • Certificate program (BSAP1103-1109) is $2800 
  • You may register for the prerequisites individually (each course is $500).
  • There is an option to write an equivalency exam(s) if you have completed similar content prior. Fees for the equivalency exams are $175/exam, plus invigilation fee if taken offsite. Email if you believe you may qualify for this option.
  • Students must register and pay at the same time for all courses in the certificate program. A 5% discount is available if paying the program fee prior to January 15, 2020.
  • Download a registration form for assistance. When ready to register, please call 604.323.5322

Yes! After Module 1 of the program you will walk away with knowledge that you can immediately integrate into your practice. Single System Balances can be a great tool for treating all types of pain, sports injuries and headaches. The program is designed to give you the confidence to go back to your practice and start treating right away! The month in between the modules allows time for students to utilize their new techniques before starting the next level. Each time we meet there will be an opportunity for students to present their questions, challenges and success stories.

The most important thing to understand about learning the Balance Method of Acupuncture is that it will provide you with an entirely new understanding of how to practice acupuncture. You will be given a logical framework that will guide you to an appropriate treatment for a wide variety of conditions. You will learn tools that will serve you well regardless of your area of focus. Pain, sports injuries, emotional issues, digestion, hormones, dermatology can all be addressed using the balance method. The step by step problem solving strategies presented in this course will help you feel confident in choosing point protocols.

The course will primarily be theory based with online delivery options. Classes will consist of teaching and grand rounds discussions about case studies. There is some time allocated to method specific acupoint location and needling within the system, palpation and needling techniques, finding lesser known and new points, etc. The vast majority of points discussed in the program will already be known to anyone licensed to practice acupuncture. There are a minimum of 2 scheduled practicum modules. 


This will vary from student to student, but will most likely amount to a few hours a month to prepare for each of the module exams. Students should plan to immediately integrate what they learn in each module into their practices to fast track their understanding.

Over the course of the program students will be required to present 2 cases from their own practice.

  • Exams will occur via an online format approximately two weeks after each Module.
  • The exception is for Levels 7 and 8 as you will write a final exam at the end of the program that will cover content from those two modules as well.
  • See posted schedule for dates and times

Yes! Practitioners with some background in the balance method will be able to challenge the exams from earlier modules. If they pass the exams they will be able to enroll only in the more advanced modules. Please see the registration form for dates, times and the process to inquire about eligibiltiy.

This program is not eligible for a financing, and there are no available payment plan.
You may however register for the prerequisite courses BSAP1101 and BSAP1102 separately, and then pay for the full certificate program (BSAP1103-1109) seven courses, which must be paid for at the same time.

Unfortunately not. As the program occurs only one weekend a month it does not meet the minimum hours needed to qualify for student loan funding. It may be possible to receive independent funding from other institutions such as banks, credit unions, etc based on your individual circumstances.

What if something comes up and I can't attend a module?
The schedule is set up so that it is only one weekend per month plus the exam. This allows for scheduling time to complete the program in its entirity. We understand that sometimes unexpected circumstances can arise and we will discuss each situation with the students as they occur. Please reach out to the instructor and the program coordinator if you require consideration of an alternate schedule.

Follow these steps to inquire if you are eligible to write the equivalency test.

(1) To have your academic qualification assessed*, apply by email to the instructor Dr. Sonia Tan,, with your proof of equivalent course completion,

(2) If approved, call the registration office at 604-323-5322 to register for the date/time/level of your approved equivalency exam. This may include the ability to take the test offsite, via an invigilation centre, depending on technical availability in your area. Please make note of the dates of the equivalency tests, and apply a minimum 2 weeks prior to the date. Current dates may be found here.

* Core Foundations from Academy of Acupuncture and Si Yuan are examples of current acceptable equivalents
Note there are fees associated with taking an equivalency exam.

Rewrites are only provided to those students who have received a minimum 55% grade on their final exam. Rewrites or reschedules require instructor and program coordinator approval. 

Follow these steps to inquire if you are eligible to obtain a rewrite if you have failed an exam, or you are unable to attend the scheduled date of the exam. 

(1) Email the instructor Dr. Sonia Tan,, with the reason you would like a rewrite or a reschedule.

(2) If approved, call the registration office at 604-323-5322 to register for the date/time/level of your approved exam. This may include the ability to take the test offsite via an invigilation centre, depending on technical availability in your area. Please ensure you provide sufficient time to registere and organize these exams. It is preferred to have a minimum 2 weeks lead time prior to the date. Please note that exam fees are associated with any approved rewrite.

Note there are fees associated with rewrites or reschedules ($60-$100 depending on the time of the exam). If you are using an offsite invigilator, there will likely be associated fees for their services as well. 

If you have missed the Langara Level 1 and/or Level 2 courses, there are options for students who which to join the next certificate cohort which typically begins in May. The steps are:

  1. For the 2 pre-requisite courses, you can access the recorded webinar here: Search for Dr. Sonia Tan and the 2 courses should come up. Please note you will not have instructor interaction or feedback in this option as you would in the Langara courses which occur in a classroom setting, or instructor led online (during COVID)
  2. Next you would need to write the equivalency tests available through Langara College. In 2021 the date options for this are March 21 and May 2. It is possible to do step C before step B.
  3. You will need to attend the Practical Refresher and Assesment course (in 2021 this is April 25) where you will do hands on work, demos, cases and anchor the learning of the 2 pre-requisites. If you feel you need more time before your equivalency exam, you may take this option and then step B.

Dates and times for Steps B and C can be found here: