Frequently Asked Questions
When does the course start and finish?
Public Registration for this course opens on October 1st 2016. The time frame of the course is flexible so students can complete it at their own pace however we recommend that at least one unit is complete each week in order to allow a linear progression of study and to ensure your eligibility to be invited to progress onto stage 2 of the diploma when it is released.
Do I become a Certified practitioner after completing this course?
Although this course can be a very valuable and insightful standalone course to help you understand the scientific and clinical basis of hijama therapy, on its own it is not a practitioner certification course. It is part 1 of a 3 part practitioner certification course that leads up to full ICAHT practitioner certification.
How many stages are there to complete the FULL Diploma?
There are 3 stages to complete the Diploma and become a ICAHT Certified Practitioner. Stage 1 & 2 are mostly theory based and delivered via this online platform while stage 3 is more practically orientated and includes a clinical internship in which you are required to work on real patients under the supervision of our Doctor Practitioners.
Do I get a certificate for completing this course?
Yes, after completing Stage 1 of the ICAHT Hijama Diploma you will receive a certificate to certify that you have completed a course in "Cupping Therapy & its Scientific Basis".
How much do the additional stages cost?
Each stage of the full practitioner certification program is priced separately. The first stage is £399 and includes over 20hrs of video lectures and covers some details study into the science of hijama. Stage 2 costs £799 and includes almost 40hrs of video lectures in hijama study including a detailed study of clinical anatomy which as a standalone module is taught in universities at a cost of over £3500! The last and final stage of the study program involves a clinical internship with additional online study and costs £999. This fee includes insurance to practice while completing your clinical study, exams and any resits.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If the course content is not as described, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund*.
Do the points that the ICAHT courses teach have their Acupuncture equivalent names e.g. Baihui or Hundred Meetings or Du-20), OR are they just numbered as 1, 2
The course is not based upon teachings of Chinese medicine and hence does not use acupuncture points. It also does not teach a method that involves following charts and set points but rather encourages the use of a specific system of assessment and diagnosis to tailor treatment plans to individual patient needs prioritising treatment efficacy and safety. This system is founded upon the understandings of medical science, clinical experience, chiropractic and osteopathic techniques as well as the most up to date academic knowledge and research in the field of clinical medicine.
Does ICAHT use an Ijaza from a Sheikh?
ICAHT as an organisation has very close relationships with a number of Ulema and Scholars who have helped guide, author and audit its content over the years however the course is certified by organisations in the field of health care regulation and not by a particular religious leader or sheikh. These certifications include the UK's General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies and The Complementary Medical Association. Hijama has been part of a progressive system of medicine that dates back further than the time of the Prophet PBUH, and it was never the task of the Prophet PBUH to be a regulator of such practices. For this reason the idea/opinion that there is or must be a system of "Ijaza" or permissions to practice Hijama traced back to the time of the Prophet PBUH is flawed and unfounded in Islamic traditions. Just in the same way that an Ijazah from a Sheikh is not required for a appropriately trained and qualified practitioner to perform circumcision for it to be a valid practice of the Sunnah the same is applicable to the practice of Hijama Therapy.
Are we taught fire-cupping?
This course is focused on the vacuum suction method but the fire method and techniques are discussed
How do we make notes of the video lectures?
A PDF Copy of each lecture's powerpoint slides will be available for you to download and print so you can make your own personalised notes.
How will we be assessed and examined?
In the first two theory stages you will be tested using basic online quizzes to ensure you are following the foundations of the content. Once you complete stage 1 & 2 you will be invited to partake in stage 3 as part of a clinical internship. At this time you will sit a written exam and OSCE assessment on all the content studied prior. You will then be undergoing a process of continuous assessment while you progress through your clinical placement. If you are deficient in any areas your mentor will guide you to improve until you reach the correct level.
What are the computer and server speed requirements for watching the course videos?
Recommended broadband connection speed is 1.5 Mbps download, For HD quality: 5.0 Mbps download.
Computer requirements are basic standard for internet browser use.
The ICAHT certification is recognised by which bodies/organisations?
ICAHT as an organisation have been appointed as the lead educational standards provider for clinical
hijama therapy in the UK & its qualification is recognised by the Complementary Medical Association and the General Regulatory Council For Complementary Therapies in the UK. ICAHT have also been advisors to Public Health England and are the most acclaimed and recognised hijama training institution in Europe featuring on BBC and international new channels.
What professional support is offered AFTER the course i.e. will we have tutors answering our queries over Skype/ email etc in case we get stuck with a problem
After completion of all 3 stages of the course you will be invited to join the ICAHT Professional association which provides ongoing mentorship and support as well as a number of other benefits including international listings, consumable supplies, clinical support, references, business advice, discounted services and insurance. In a nutshell we consider our members practitioners to be part of the ICAHT family who work together to support each other and the practice as a whole.
Please can you tell me what the stage 3 clinical internships involve
Stage 3 is a combination of practical study in the form of clinical experience in which you get access to work in a full time clinical practice treating real patients seeking care and further study in the from of online video lectures.