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Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR)

The Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) process is a competency-based assessment tool ONLY for members holding a Grandparented Class Certificate of Registration. The purpose of the PLAR process is to assess if Grandparented Members can demonstrate they possess the experience and learning that meets the Entry Level Occupational Competencies for the Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Canada (2009) required to be issued a General Certificate of Registration.

All members are required to complete the PLAR process through Professional Testing, a third party that administers and evaluates the PLAR process on behalf of the College.

All members in the Grandparented Class must complete the PLAR process by July 1, 2017, and transfer to the General Class of Registration with the College by April 1, 2018. If you have not transferred to the General Class by March 31, 2018, your Grandparented Class certificate will expire on April 1, 2018.To access the policy for the PLAR completion and General Class transfer deadlines, please click here.

In order to transfer to the General Class, all members in the Grandparented Class must follow the steps below. You may also refer to the PLAR Process flowcharts and watch the instructional PLAR Videos for further assistance.

To complete the PLAR process, you may choose to complete ONE of either route:

  1. Case Study Assessment (primary route)
  2. Academic Document Review (Alternate Route, only for members who are able to provide sufficient and supportable evidence to clearly demonstrate the minimum required hours of formal post-secondary education in TCM)

For details on the two routes, please read the Guide to Complete PLAR.

Please keep in mind the following tips when preparing for either route:

Case Study Assessment

  1. Register for an available date well in advance as there are limited seating spaces available to write per testing session.
  2. You may download and bring the resources listed under Suggested References for Practitioners and the Entry Level Occupational Competencies for the Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Canada (2009) to the Case Study Assessment. The suggested reference books as listed by the College are books recommended as the best resources to use during the Case Study Assessment. If you choose at your own discretion to use other resources you may do so. However, you may not bring in pages of hand written notes.
  3. By default, the case studies are completed electronically. To request for testing accommodations, please contact Professional Testing prior to your scheduled date.

Academic Document Review

  1. Ensure you have all required documentations as listed in the Guide to Complete PLAR. If you do not have sufficient supporting documentations or are unable to obtain the documentations from your post-secondary education institution, or unable to align your TCM training with the required competencies that are established for TCM Practitioners and/or Acupuncturists you must take the Case Study Assessment.
  2. All documentations must be translated to English by a certified translator.
  3. All documentations must be notarized. The documents may be notarized either in Canada or Internationally.

To access frequently asked questions regarding the PLAR process, please click here.

Choose one of either two routes and register for the PLAR process through Professional Testing.

Please click here or watch the instructional videos for assistance on how to log in and register through Professional Testing.

You must successfully complete the PLAR process through Professional Testing by July 1, 2017.

A panel of professional evaluators, evaluates each submission on a case-by-case basis to ensure you can demonstrate and that you possess the experience and learning that meets the Entry Level Occupational Competencies for the Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Canada (2009).

You will then receive an email of your results within 8 to 10 weeks.

After receiving confirmation of successful completion of the PLAR process, you must transfer to the General Class of Registration with the College. You must complete and submit the Transfer Application to the General Class of Registration to the College. The deadline to submit the application is November 1, 2017.

For more information on the transfer process, please read the Guide to Transfer from Grandparented Class to General Class.

NOTE: If you are a member in the Inactive Class, you must first transfer back to the Grandparented Class before submitting the Transfer Application to the General Class of Registration. For information on how to transfer from the Inactive Class, please click here.

If your application is complete and you meet all of the registration requirements, please proceed to the next step. If you do not meet all of the registration requirements, a review by a panel of the Registration Committee is required. For more information, please contact the College.

The review process usually takes approximately 3 to 4 weeks to complete if a review by the Registration Committee is not required. If the Registration Committee is required, the review process usually takes between 2 to 6 months to complete. However, the length of the review process may vary based on a case-by-case basis.

Once your transfer is complete, you will receive an email confirmation that you have successfully transferred to the General Class of Registration.

The College will mail your new General Class wall certificate to your preferred mailing address within 15 business days of the transfer. You must then destroy your Grandparented Class wall certificate.

If you need further assistance, please contact one of the following:

For enquiries regarding the PLAR process, the transfer process, and to change any personal or contact information, please contact the College.

For enquiries regarding accommodations and evaluation of the PLAR process, and technical difficulties registering through Professional Testing, please contact Professional Testing.