The DNI offers both an examination and assessment process leading to Certification of Competency in Dry Needling. If you are a qualified and registered healthcare practitioner (HCP) such as a physio, chiro, osteo, doctor, nurse, sports therapist, manual therapist, acupuncturist etc and dry needling is within your scope of practice and you have or can acquire professional indemnity insurance to train and practice DN, then you can become certified as a dry needling practitioner with The DNI.
The certification exam takes the form of
- A 30 minute theory paper.
- A 30 minute practical session.
Prerequisites for certification are
- Attendance and completion the Dry Needling Level 1 course .
- Attendance and completion of the Dry Needling Level 2 course or the INDN Level 2 course.
- A minimum of 6 months needling experience.
Please note that the exam is not accredited by an institute such as a University or professional body but is a means to demonstrate that you have completed significant training in the Dry Needling techniques and have successfully completed an assessment process.
Your practitioner certificate details will be added to the practitioner list on the DNI website in the ‘find a DNI practitioner section.
If you are interested in becoming an instructor and teaching with the DNI this certification process will be a prerequisite.
Our aim is to ensure that you understand the basic concepts, neurophysiology and safety issues concerning Dry Needling and that you can clearly communicate these to clients and fellow medical colleagues.
In the practical session, you will be assessed for accuracy of palpation, needle skills and safety whilst you demonstrate needling of the muscles as requested by your examiner. On successful completion, a certificate in competence in Dry Needling will be issued by the Dry Needling Institute.
How should you prepare for the exam?
- Read / study the theory component in the manuals.
- Read up reference articles detailed in the manuals.
- Review relevant anatomy.
- Review needling techniques.
- Review myofascial referral patterns.
- Review clean needling protocol and dangerous areas.
This should not be a difficult exam for you if you have: Understood the theoretical and practical concepts of DN, you are Dry Needling on a regular basis and you have a good grasp of surface and functional anatomy.