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dry needling for sport and therapy COURSES

cpd certificate in dry needling (foundation course)

Our CPD Certificate in Dry Needling forms one of the modules on our Level 5 Sports Therapy Diploma, which is an accredited qualification.
Our 2 day Dry Needling foundation module can also be studied as an individual accredited CPD Certificate course.

The Dry Needling foundation course is designed for those who are looking to use this modality professionally within therapy, injury treatment and rehabilitation.
Our course is open to Sports Massage Therapists at Level 4 or above, Sports Therapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists as continued professional development.

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COURSE DATES & Time 2021


Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th May 2021 – Swindon

from 09:30 – 17:00 daily Fully booked

Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th June 2021LiverpoolFully booked

from 09:30 – 17:00 daily

Friday 18th & Saturday 19th June 2021 – Swindon 

from 09:30 – 17:00 daily – Fully booked

 Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st July 2021 – Swindon

from 09:30 – 17:00 daily

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th September 2021 – Swindon 

from 09:30 – 17:00 daily 


Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th October 2021 – Swindon 

from 09:30 – 17:00 daily


Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th December 2021 – Swindon 

from 09:30 – 17:00 daily 


Core Elements Training Centre,
First Floor, 8 Bath Road, Old Town,
Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 4BA

Easy access from M4 junction 15 and 16 and 10 minutes walk from mainline
train station and bus station. Long stay parking nearby.

And Jury’s Inn Hotel,
31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool, L3 4FN

course price £295

10% Discount is available for current FHT,  STO and STA members and graduates from Core Elements Level 4 Sports Massage course, reducing the course price to: £265.50 

(Quote membership number in the PayPal box below to gain the discount)

Book Now to secure your place with a £99 deposit 

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8 Bath Road
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About the course

Course Design

Our course is designed in relation to industry standards and is independently accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists. 

Provides 16 Continual Professional Development hours (CPD).

Training day will provide a mixture of theory work practical demonstration and supervised of treatment.
You will be practising and receiving Dry Needling throughout this course, under guided supervision.

Overview of Course

  • History of Dry Needling and current research
  • Theory and benefits of Dry Needling in relation to injury
  • Application of use within Sports Massage Therapy and other therapy contexts.
  • Contraindications and Health and Safety considerations
  • Demonstration and practise of Dry Needling with links to common sports injuries
  • Treatment areas with links to injury will include:
  • Upper limb, including two stimulation points on the hand
  • Lower limb, including two stimulation points on the foot
  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Upper, mid and lower back region
  • Gluteal region
Entry Requirements & background
Course applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old and must hold a minimum of a Level 4 qualification in Sports Massage Therapy.
Applicants should have also been practising Sports or Massage Therapy for a period of time prior to enrolling on this course.
Our course is also open to Sports Therapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists as continued professional development.

This course will focus on the application and theory behind the use of Dry Needling. The use of Dry Needling as a modality within Sports and Remedial Massage, Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy treatment will be discussed along with the aims of treating specific injuries.

On completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate effective use and application of Dry Needling in the management of injury treatment, in a safe and effective manner and will have a clear understanding of contraindications for treatment.

This course is taught using a hands-on approach, therefore you will be practising Dry Needling throughout both teaching days, whilst receiving ongoing input from the tutor. This course is independently accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists.

Course Tutor

Taught by Dawn Morse BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc

Dawn has a Masters Degree in Sports and Health Sciences, a BSc in Sports Science, is a qualified teacher and a Sports Massage Therapist. Dawn has been lecturing in the field of Sports Science and Sports Therapy for over 10 years and was the programme leader for the University of Bath FdSc in Sports Therapy for 9 years.

Dawn is now an Associate Lecturer for the Open University and the founder of Core Elements which provides regular training courses in Sports Massage and Sports Therapy modalities.

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Cancellation policy
Your payment for this CPD course is non-refundable. It is not possible to have your place refunded in whole or part once your booking has been confirmed, or to transfer to a later date once you have already paid.

Therefore we STRONGLY recommend that you take out insurance to cover your costs in the event that you have to cancel or curtail your training. By registering and paying for this course, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

Want to find out more about the course?

Luke H - Gloucester

Level 3 & 4 Combined Sports Massage Diploma 

Had a great time on both the level 3 & 4 sports massage course with Dawn. Great facilities and I found the relaxed atmosphere excellent for my learning needs. A good mix of solid practical time and the necessary anatomy study that is required. My confidence and business has grown beyond belief since doing these courses and I will be forever grateful for the help and support provided.

Jamie S - Reading

Combined Level 3 & 4 Sports Massage Diploma

A great, intense course.
It’s amazing how much I learnt about the body and massage techniques in such a short period of time.

Chris B - Marlborough

Level 3 & 4 Combined Sports Massage Diploma

Dawn’s well run course has proved highly beneficial to my career, enhancing my knowledge of the anatomy and gaining highly beneficial new skills. Along with the qualifications gained this has better equipped me in my role within the health & fitness industry and allowed me to expand my services to both existing and new clients. Dawn is a very personable professional, which makes for an enjoyable way to learn.

Laura R - Swindon

Level 4 Sports & Remedial Massage 

The level 4 remedial and sports massage has been one of the most interesting and useful courses I have been on. The leap from level 3 to 4 was difficult yet Dawn made it engaging with a mixture of practical and theory work with a variety of tasks to keep us on our toes. The tasks where made to be creative getting us to think outside the box. Strongly recommended for any one who wants to advance their skills and knowledge in sports massage therapy.

Tom F - Bristol

Level 3 & 4 Combined Sports Massage Diploma

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, the way it combined all the relevant theory and practical work, without becoming tedious suited my learning style. I honestly don’t have any negatives. Dawn, Katie & Louise were extremely knowledgeable and approachable and everyone had fun as well as learning. Originally I wasn’t keen on completing so many case studies, but as you gain experience and see the changes and results in the clients, then you realise how important they are and it really helps to build your confidence.

Laura S - Gloucester

I’ve done Level 4 Sports Massage, Level 5 Manual Therapy & Joint Mobilisations, and Science of Stretching with Core Elements. Core Elements are amazing, friendly and really know their stuff. I’ve already booked on to do another course! I’ve highly recommended Core Elements to friends and family – Keep up the fantastic courses Dawn. If you are looking to further develop yourself, skills, tools, knowledge, Core Elements is the place to go.

Sarah W - Swindon

I have done several courses with Core Elements. Fantastic knowledge coupled with the practical experience Dawn and her trainers have, makes the training here second to none. I would highly recommend this learning experience . Well worth the investment.

Darren W - Bristol

Level 3 & 4 Combined Sports Massage Diploma

Thank you for what has been an amazing experience.
I have loved every minute of the course and am so excited to embark on my new career as a sports therapist.
It really has provided me with the spring board that I needed.

Jessie S - Bristol

Level 3 Sports Massage 
I really enjoyed the course and thought it was very comprehensive and professional.
Thank you