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Pan-Canadian Examinations

The Pan-Canadian Examinations assess occupational competencies of entry-level TCM professionals that are required for safe, competent, and ethical practice ( Candidate Handbook ). Successful completion of the Pan-Canadian Examinations is one of the requirements for registration in the General class of registration. The Pan-Canadian Examinations are administered by the Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CARB-TCMPA).

For detailed information about the Pan-Canadian Examinations and the required documentation, please click on the applicable examination tab below.

The Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CARB-TCMPA) continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Following careful consideration CARB-TCMPA, in consultation with its partners, has decided to deliver the October 2020 sitting using an online proctored format allowing candidates to complete the exam remotely. All candidates have been notified by email, and the announcement has been posted on the College and CARB-TCMPA websites.

October 2020 Examinations Schedule

The following schedule applies to the October 2020 Pan-Canadian Examinations. Starting in 2021, the examinations will be offered twice a year, in April and October.

Application Deadline: July 15, 2020 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Deadline for Special Accommodation Requests: July 31, 2020 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Deadline for Withdrawal of Applications: July 31, 2020 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Date of Multiple-choice Examination: October 22, 2020
Date of Clinical Case-Study Examination: October 23, 2020

October 2020 Examinations Fees

Acupuncturist Examinations Fees
Examinations Application Fee* $300.00
Pan-Canadian Examination Fee $800.00 (plus applicable taxes)
Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Examinations Fees
Examinations Application Fee* $300.00
Pan-Canadian Examination Fee $1,100.00 (plus applicable taxes)

* The application fees are non-refundable.

October 2020 Examinations Application

To register for the examination, you will first need to complete an online examinations application form. To setup an account on the College’s Portal, click “Click here to Register” on the Sign In section of the College website, then complete and submit the Portal Access Registration Form. Within two business days you will receive an email with an invitation code and instructions on how to redeem the invitation code.

Once you have access to the Portal you can begin your examination application. All application forms can be found by clicking “My Applications” on the registration dropdown menu. From there, you will click on “Pan-Canadian Examinations” and then choose either the R. Ac or R. TCMP application.

Note for Graduates of Programs Outside of Canada

All internationally educated graduates must submit a credential evaluation and authentication report with a course-by-course evaluation from the World Education Services (WES). Applicants are responsible for paying the WES evaluation fee to WES directly. For more information regarding the documents needed to submit to WES, please visit the Required Documents section of the WES website. To apply for the credential evaluation, please visit the WES website.

October 2020 Examination Resources

Any candidate who failed the January 2020 Clinical Case Study Examination and has rewrite attempts remaining may elect, one of the following:

  1. Challenge a final offering of the Clinical Case Study Examination on December 12, 2020; OR
  2. be granted a fresh set of three rewrite attempts to challenge the Computer-Based Examination starting in Fall 2020.

The December 12, 2020, Clinical Case Study retake examination is the final rewrite for the paper-based CCS.

Candidates cannot take both the December 2020 paper-based CCS retake and October 2020 CBT examination.

Candidates who fail the December 2020 CCS retake examination must wait 10-months for a retake in October 2021.

The following information applies to the December 12, 2020 Clinical Case Study Retake Examinations. For information about the October 2020 Pan-Canadian examination please refer to that tab.

December 2020 Clinical Case Study Retake Examination Schedule

The following schedule applies to the December 2020 Clinical Case Study Retake Examination.

Application Deadline: July 15, 2020 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Deadline for Special Accommodation Requests: July 31, 2020 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Deadline for Withdrawal of Applications: July 31, 2020 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Date of Clinical Case-Study Retake Examination: December 12, 2020

December 2020 Clinical Case Study Retake Examination Fees

Acupuncturist Examinations Fees
Examinations Application Fee* $300.00
Pan-Canadian Examination Fee $350.00
Rescoring Fee $350.00
Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Examinations Fees
Examinations Application Fee* $300.00
Pan-Canadian Examination Fee $550.00
Rescoring Fee $350.00

* The application fees are non-refundable.

December 2020 Clinical Case Study Retake Examination Application

To register for the examination, you will need to complete an examinations application form. To obtain a copy of the application form, please contact Registration Staff at:

December 2020 Clinical Case Study Retake Examination Resources

April 2021 (tentative) Examinations Schedule

The examinations are offered twice a year, in April and October. The following schedule applies to the April 2021 Pan-Canadian Examinations.

Application Deadline January 14, 2021 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Deadline for Withdrawal of Applications February 1, 2021 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Date* of Multiple-choice Examination April 2021 (the exact examination date is to be confirmed)
Date* of Clinical Case-Study Examination April 2021 (the exact examination date is to be confirmed)

* The examination dates will be confirmed before the examinations’ application deadline.

April 2021 Examinations Fees

Acupuncturist Examinations Fees
Examinations Application Fee* $300.00
Pan-Canadian Examination Fee $880.00
Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Examinations Fees
Examinations Application Fee* $300.00
Pan-Canadian Examination Fee $1210.00

* Examinations application fees are non-refundable.

April 2021 Examinations Application

To register for the examination, you will first need to complete an online examinations application form. To setup an account on the College’s Portal, click “Click here to Register” on the Sign In section of the College website, then complete and submit the Portal Access Registration Form. Within two business days you will receive an email with an invitation code and instructions on how to redeem the invitation code.

Once you have access to the Portal you can begin your examination application. All application forms can be found by clicking “My Applications” on the registration dropdown menu. From there, you will click on “Pan-Canadian Examinations” and then choose either the R. Ac or R. TCMP application.

Note for Graduates of Programs Outside of Canada

All internationally educated graduates must submit a credential evaluation and authentication report with a course-by-course evaluation from the World Education Services (WES). Applicants are responsible for paying the WES evaluation fee to WES directly. For more information regarding the documents needed to submit to WES, please visit the Required Documents section of the WES website. To apply for the credential evaluation, please visit the WES website.

April 2021 Examination Resources