Applied Kinesiology learning program
Applied Kinesiology offers a professional level of teaching program oriented only for healthcare professions and the students who are attending these programs. The education has evolved over the years and we now have 3 different levels of progression: The Foundation course, The Professional Applied Kinesiology (PAK) Certification and the Diplomate in Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK). On this page, you will discover the different options available for your learning in Applied Kinesiology.Discover the Educational program in Applied Kinesiology
Foundation Course in Applied Kinesiology
This is a new format that has been adopted in March 2019. The implementation of this course wolrdwide should be done over the next couple years. It consist of 50 hours (Around 4 modules) to teach the basic aspect of AK. It covers most important muscle tests as well as some key structural evaluation and treatment procedures. AK is a global approach, so the Foundation course also addresses some nutritional factors that are very common in practice such as: Stress and the HPA axis, the ileocaecal valve and the lymphatic system. An introduction to the emotional aspect is also considered in this program.
At the end of the 50 hours, the attendees will receive a Certificate of completion. This certificate can be given to qualified students and doctors.
Profesionnal Applied Kinesiology (PAK) Certification
The PAK certification can be obtain only by Doctors in Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Naturopathy, Medicine and Dentistry. Students in these program can still cumulate AK credit hours, but will become eligible only after completion of their doctorate program.
A minimum of 115 AK hours are needed to sit for the written and practical exam. The practical consist mainly of an evaluation of the manual muscle testing skills. The written exam is a 100 questions multiple choices exam.
These exams can be proctored by any teacher who is in regulation with the International College of Applied Kinesiology and member of the IEC. It can be done in a seminar or at an ICAK meeting.
To maintain the PAK status, a recertification practical exam is required every 5 years. This can be done by attending an ICAK meeting.
Diplomate of the International College in Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK)
This diploma is the highest level of certification in Applied Kinesiology.
A minimum of 300 AK hours are required to sit for the DIBAK. A maximum of 200 hours from the basic courses (either the Foundation Course or the 100 hours format which is still taught by a lot of teachers). The other 100 hours should be received either from advanced modules that have received accreditation by the International Educational Council in Applied Kinseiology (IEC-ICAK) or by attending ICAK meetings. These 300 hours must have been obtained with at least 2 different teachers
A student can cumulate any number of AK hours during his curriculum.
Here's the other criteria needed to sit for the DIBAK exams:
-Minimum of 300 hours
-Minimum of 3 years in practice
-Write 2 papers that are published at least thru an ICAK chapter
-5 written exams (Basic AK procedures, Reflexes, Nutrition, Acupuncture and Stomatognatic system)
-1 practical exam (60-90 minutes evaluation in front of 3 examiners)
All exams are supervised by doctors who are member of the International Board of Examiners (IBE).
Summary of the Applied Kinesiology education program
The Foundation course is just started to be implemented by some teachers, the old 100 hours program is still approved and covers the material in the Foundation course + some concepts from the curriculum towards the diplomate in AK.