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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.

Background

Traditionally, the College has offered the (1) Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners (Practitioners) Examination and the (2) Acupuncturists Examination in English. Pursuant to the request of the Ministry of Health, the College is offering the October 2022 Examinations in Chinese and English. However please note the following:

  1. The Acupuncturists Examination will be offered in Chinese and English
  2. The Practitioners Examination will be offered in English only. It is not available in Chinese. Therefore, applicants who wish to apply for this title but wish to write the Examination in Chinese, will be required to write the following two Examinations:
    1. Acupuncturists Examination; and
    2. Herbalists Examination

Note that applicants will be charged for two examinations should they wish to write the Acupuncturists and Herbalists Examinations.

October 2022 Examinations Schedule

The Examinations are offered in April and October.

The following schedule applies to the Examinations offered in October 2022:

Application Deadline for all Examinations July 15, 2022 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Deadline for Special Accommodation Request July 15, 2022 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Date* of Herbalist Examination** October 3 and 4, 2022
Deadline* for Withdrawal of Applications (Herbalists Examination) September 5, 2022 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Date* of Practitioners Examination October 5 and 6, 2022
Deadline* for Withdrawal of Applications (Practitioners Examination) September 5, 2022 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Date* of Acupuncturists Examination October 26 and 27, 2022
Deadline* for Withdrawal of Applications (Acupuncturists Examination) September 26, 2022 (5:00 p.m. EST)

*The examination dates are subject to change and will be confirmed before the examinations’ application deadline.

** The candidate who applies for the Chinese version of the Practitioners Examination will be required to write both the Herbalists Examination and Acupuncturists Examination.

As set out in the Registration Regulation, in order to be registered as a member of the College, an applicant must be reasonably fluent in English or French. Applicants who complete the Examination(s) in either English or French will be deemed to have met this registration requirement. Applicants completing the Examinations in Chinese will need to demonstrate their reasonable fluency in English or French when they apply for registration to the College. Please refer to the College’s Language Fluency Policy.

Any applicant who does not meet one or more registration requirements of the College will be referred to the Registration Committee. The Registration Committee will review any submissions and then make a decision. For more information, please see the Referral to Registration Committee Policy.

October 2022 Examinations Fees

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Examination
Available Language Versions English
Application Fee (non-refundable) $300.00
Examination Fee $1258.00**
Examination Date October 5 and 6, 2022

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Examination
Available Language Versions Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese
Application Fee (non-refundable) $300.00
Examination Fee $1830.00**
Examination Date October 3, 4, 26 and 27, 2022

Acupuncturists Examination
Available Language Versions English or Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese
Application Fee (non-refundable) $300.00
Examination Fee $915.00**
Examination Date October 26 and 27, 2022

**Examination fees will be requested when all the eligibility requirements have been met.

October 2022 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 the Examination application. All applicants are encouraged to first read the CTCMPAO Pan Canadian Examinations Application Guide to understand what documents and information are required. Submitting incomplete information will delay the process. 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 2022 Examination Resources

April 2022 Examinations Schedule

The examinations are offered twice a year, in April and October. The following schedule applies to the April 2022 Pan-Canadian Examinations.

Application Deadline January 14, 2022 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Deadline for Special Accommodation Requests January 14, 2022 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Date* of Practitioners Examination April 11 and 12, 2022
Deadline* for Withdrawal of Applications (Practitioners Examination) March 11, 2022 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Date* of Acupuncturists Examination April 27 and 28, 2022
Deadline* for Withdrawal of Applications (Acupuncturists Examination) March 28, 2022 (5:00 p.m. EST)

*The examination dates are subject to change and will be confirmed before the examinations’ application deadline.

April 2022 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.

** Examination fees will be requested when all the eligibility requirements have been met.

April 2022 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 2022 Examination Resources