Do I get a certificate?

Yes, you do. But it depends on the type of course as to which certificate you receive. 

The following certificates are awarded in the Gua sha certificate courses and involve modular courses, tutorials, quizzes, exams and online practical assessments.

  • Level 1 course: Certificate of Achievement which awards Gua sha Practitioner status.
  • Level 2 course: Certificate of Achievement which awards Gua sha Expert Practitioner status.
  • Level 3 course: Certificate of Achievement which awards Gua sha Master Practitioner status.

The following certificate is awarded in the Gua sha Essentials courses and does not involve exams or assessments.

  • Facial Gua sha Essentials course: Certificate of Attendance

I'm an estetician. Would I benefit from completing a course?

I'd say that half of the graduates of my courses have been working in the beauty industry. The benefit of studying Gua sha is in opening up your knowledge base to include a way of looking at the body and the face which is totally different from what you had previously. 

It all depends on how deeply you wish to delve into the world of Gua sha. The Essentials course gives you all the basics and the visuals to follow in order to perform a Facial Gua sha treatment. And the level 2 course goes a step further and makes you a Gua sha specialist in Facial Gua sha. It gives you a deep understanding of the muscles and soft tissue connections of the face and exactly where to treat on the face and body to give totally unique beauty treatments. Remember that you first need to complete the level 1 course in order to fully understand level 2.  

I'm not trained in anything else. Can I do your Gua sha training course and can I use it to treat professionally?

The certificate courses are aimed at professionals in the health and wellness sector but if you've read any of my books, you'll know that I try my best to break things down and explain them in the clearest way possible. This means that the course is also applicable to people who don't yet have the skills to treat others and wish to specialise in Gua sha. This is the reason I have included the professional insurance information which you will find in another one of these FAQs.

Can I get professional indemnity insurance after completing a course?

In general - Yes, you can. People take these courses all over the world and there are always going to be local differences, but I went straight to the insurance companies and asked if they recognise the Certificate courses. And so far, there are professional indemnity insurance companies in the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand and also one company which covers your Gua sha treatments worldwide. These will all recognise the Certificate course level 1 for professional indemnity insurance.

Is the course recognised?

It is impossible to create one qualification to fit every country in the world. In my research, I found so many dubious 'associations' which will rubberstamp any course if you pay their fee, so I have avoided putting meaningless badges of associations on the site purely for marketing purposes.

For Continuing Professional Development purposes the course is recognised in the USA by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CEUs. It is also applicable for many CEU/CPD/PDA Certification programs in the UK and other countries. If you have any specific query about recognition, contact me for clarification. 

Do I have to download anything special to do a course?

No, all the courses are online. The videos can be watched from any device connected to the internet. The text files appear on screen and if there are quizzes and exams, they are multiple choice online. The tutorial and assessments for the certificate courses can use whatever video technology you have available e.g. your mobile phone camera.

How quickly will I be able to complete the course?

The certificate courses are normally completed over 10 weeks and one module is released per week. This allows time to do tasks, quizzes, tutorial, comments etc. During the Coronavirus lockdown this has been loosened and the whole course is available from the moment you register.

The Essentials course is released in its complete form when you register and you can complete the course at your own pace.  

What if I have questions after the course is complete?

After you complete the course, you still have access to the material and to our internal messaging system. This means you have an easy way to ask any question and get a fast response to it, anytime!

What if I am not happy with the course?

We take your investment seriously, and we’d appreciate if you took our investment of time and resources into your success in treating with Gua sha seriously as well. Due to the nature of the services and/or products provided, refunds will not be given unless otherwise specified in writing. If you are not sure about the course, please buy one of my books first.

Where can I ask questions or get help?

You can contact me direct at clive@medicinaoriental.org