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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 (see the Candidate Handbook for details about the exams). 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).

The Pan-Canadian Examinations will be delivered in-person only.  For detailed information about the Pan-Canadian Examinations and the required documentation, please click on the applicable examination tab below.

Note – Applications for the April 2024 examinations will be available beginning December 1, 2023 from within the online Portal.

Background

For the upcoming April 2024 Pan-Canadian Examinations, both the Practitioners Examination and the Acupuncturists Examination will be available in Chinese or English.

April 2024 Examinations Schedule

The following schedule applies to the Examinations offered in April 2024:

Application Deadline for all Examinations January 15, 2024 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Deadline for Special Accommodation Request January 15, 2024 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Date of Practitioners Examination April 4 and 5, 2024
Deadline* for Withdrawal of Applications (Practitioners Examination) March 5, 2024 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Date of Acupuncturists Examination April 24 and 25, 2024
Deadline* for Withdrawal of Applications (Acupuncturists Examination) March 25, 2024 (5:00 p.m. EST)

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

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 in another way 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.

April 2024 Examinations Fees

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Examination
Available Language Versions English or Chinese (Traditional or Simplified)
Application Fee (non-refundable) $300.00
Examination Fee $1258.00**
Examination Date April 4 and 5, 2024

Acupuncturists Examination
Available Language Versions English or Chinese (Traditional or Simplified)
Application Fee (non-refundable) $300.00
Examination Fee $915.00**
Examination Date April 24 and 25, 2024

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

April 2024 Examination Locations

Province City
Alberta Calgary Lethbridge
Edmonton Lloydminster
Fort McMurray Red Deer
British Columbia Abbotsford Prince George
Burnaby Surrey
Kamloops Vancouver
Kelowna Victoria
Nanaimo
Manitoba Brandon Winnipeg
New Brunswick Fredericton Saint John
Moncton
Newfoundland St. John’s
Nova Scotia Halifax Sydney
Ontario Barrie Scarborough
Kingston St. Catharine’s
London Sudbury
Markham Thunder Bay
Mississauga Toronto
Ottawa Windsor
Prince Edward Island Charlottetown
Saskatchewan Regina Saskatoon

Note – specific location details will be provided to applicants after they have been approved to sit the exams.

If you require any in-person testing accommodations, please download and complete the Request for Accommodation Form and Verification of Candidate s Condition Form, and submit your forms to accommodations@carb-tcmpa.org.

April 2024 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.

April 2024 Examination Resources

Background

For the upcoming October 2023 Pan-Canadian Examinations, both the Practitioners Examination and the Acupuncturists Examination will be available in Chinese or English.

October 2023 Examinations Schedule

The following schedule applies to the Examinations offered in October 2023:

Application Deadline for all Examinations July 14, 2023 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Deadline for Special Accommodation Request July 14, 2023 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Date of Practitioners Examination October 4 and 5, 2023
Deadline* for Withdrawal of Applications (Practitioners Examination) September 5, 2023 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Date of Acupuncturists Examination October 25 and 26, 2023
Deadline* for Withdrawal of Applications (Acupuncturists Examination) September 25, 2023 (5:00 p.m. EST)

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

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 in another way 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 2023 Examinations Fees

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Examination
Available Language Versions English or Chinese (Traditional or Simplified)
Application Fee (non-refundable) $300.00
Examination Fee $1258.00**
Examination Date October 4 and 5, 2023

Acupuncturists Examination
Available Language Versions English or Chinese (Traditional or Simplified)
Application Fee (non-refundable) $300.00
Examination Fee $915.00**
Examination Date October 25 and 26, 2023

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

October 2023 Examination Locations

Province City
Alberta Calgary Lethbridge
Edmonton Lloydminster
Fort McMurray Red Deer
British Columbia Burnaby Richmond
Kelowna Surrey
Nanaimo Vancouver
Prince George Victoriar
Manitoba Brandon Winnipeg
New Brunswick Fredericton Saint John
Moncton
Newfoundland St. John’s
Nova Scotia Halifax Sydney
Ontario Barrie Scarborough
Kingston St. Catharine’s
London Sudbury
Markham Thunder Bay
Mississauga Toronto
Ottawa Windsor
Prince Edward Island Charlottetown
Saskatchewan Regina Saskatoon

Note – specific location details will be forthcoming.

If you require any in-person testing accommodations, please download and complete the Request for Accommodation Form and Verification of Candidate s Condition Form, and submit your forms to accommodations@carb-tcmpa.org.

October 2023 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 2023 Examination Resources