Educational Programme of the Institute

The McKenzie Institute International (MII) was founded in 1982 to ensure that the highest standards of teaching were provided to those wishing to learn the McKenzie Method. Today, McKenzie’s concepts are widely recommended as the first treatment of choice for patients with musculoskeletal problems, and the Institute’s reputation continues to grow internationally.

General Overview 

The McKenzie Institute Faculty are world class experts in the McKenzie Method and are dedicated to providing you with the very best training and support as you embark on what will be a life changing journey, both personally and professionally.

Our education programme is structured as follows:


The core curriculum offered globally consists of a four core courses (Parts A-D) that allow participants to observe and learn, through lectures, practice and demonstration with patients, the techniques of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy ®, as applied to the lumbar, cervical and thoracic spine and upper / lower extremities. Some components of Part A and Part B course are completed online before attending the face to face teaching.

Part A must be completed first and Part D completed last. The order for completing Parts B and C is at the discretion of the course participant.

Training in the McKenzie Method in Australia is coordinated by the McKenzie Institute Australia. In other parts of the world training is coordinated by branches licensed by the McKenzie Institute International. The McKenzie Institute International Head Office coordinates courses in countries where there is no branch yet established.

You may potentially undertake courses with any branches of the McKenzie Institute international, provided you meet local registration, insurance and language requirements.

Credentialing Examination

The MII Credentialing Examination can be undertaken at the completion of the core courses and serves as formal recognition of attainment of a level of competency in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®. Completion of Parts A to D is a prerequisite for the Credentialing Examination.

International Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

The Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy is the pinnacle of MDT training. Successfully completing the Diploma Programme will place you amongst the world’s elite in the mechanical diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.

Additional Education

In addition to the education above, each year MII and its branches present opportunities to enhance and update your skills and knowledge through Refresher Courses and Conferences. The McKenzie Institute International Conference is also held every three years. It explores a wide range of research and topics related to the clinical efficacy and effectiveness of the McKenzie Method and other musculoskeletal approaches. Details of these additional learning opportunities can be found on the MII and other branch websites