College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia

Full Registration Renewal

All full registrations expire on March 31st of each year.  In order to ensure your continuous registration, you are required to renew your registration every year.  Current full registrants may renew online through the Member Portal during the Renewal Period – from early February to the end of March. 

After your completed renewal application is approved by the College, a seal and wallet-size card will be mailed to you.  Please keep them in a safe location.

In order to receive your seal and wallet-size card BEFORE your previous year’s expires, please ensure your completed renewal application is received by CTCMA by March 3rd.


Registration Renewal Fees and Receipt

Please refer to Schedule F of the CTCMA Bylaws for the registration renewal fees. 

Annual Full Registration Renewal Fees (non-refundable) $850
Annual Non-Practising Registration Renewal Fees (non-refundable) $425

After your payment is successfully processed, a receipt will be sent to you by email.  Please keep the receipt as a confirmation of payment in a safe place.  Additional cost may apply for requesting duplicate receipts.


Registration Renewal and Conditions of Full Registration Renewal

For details, please refer to the Section 56 and 57 of the CTCMA Bylaws.

Section 57.1 of the CTCMA Bylaws contains two renewal requirements for practising registrants:

Continuing Education (CE)

  • Section 57(1)(a): A registrant (under full and grand-parenting registration) renewing a registration is required to complete 50 hours of continuing education every 2 calendar years.

Proof of Practice (PV)

  • Section 57(1)(b): A registrant renewing a registration must have practiced acupuncture or traditional Chinese herbology or traditional Chinese medicine at a minimum level of 200 patient visits during any consecutive 24-month period within the last 4 years.

The renewal form includes declarations. By making The Declaration for Practising Registrants Only, practising registrants affirm that they are compliant with the requirements of these bylaws. Please keep your CE / PV records in your own registrant file. Do not send them to CTCMA unless requested.

Click here for the details and activity log of Continuing Education


Professional Liability Insurance

All registrants and their employees must be insured against liability for negligence in an amount of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence (Section 90 of the CTCMA Bylaws). This requirement applies to ALL non-practising and practising registrants. 


Change of Registration Status (Practising or Non-Practising)

Full registration online renewal is a process for current registrants to renew their current status and title(s).  If you wish to have your status or title(s) changed, please submit a separate application in respect to the status or title of registration applying for and all the required documents and fees.   

If you wish to have your status changed before the renewal, please ensure you have the status change process completed before renew your registration.  Please be reminded all registrations expire on March 31.

IMPORTANT NOTE for registrants transferring from non-practising to practising registration status:

  • The processing time for applications may vary. Transferring from non-practising to practising registration status usually takes a longer time to process depending on the length of time you have been non-practising.
  • The requirements for your registration status change will be provided to you by mail after your completed application is reviewed by the College.
  • The process cannot be completed until you fulfil all the requirements set by the College.
  • In order to ensure your continuous registration, you may consider renewing in non-practising status and then applying for registration status change.  Please be reminded all registrations expire on March 31.

 Please see Section 58 of the CTCMA Bylaws regarding to the requirements for Change of Registration Status.

 Click here for details of Change of Registration Status


Change of Registration Title

Full registration online renewal is a process for current registrants to renew their current title(s) and status.  If you wish to have your title(s) changed, please submit a separate application and all the required documents and fees.

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Failure to Renew Your Full Registration

  1. Your registration will be cancelled on April 1st. When your registration is cancelled, you are no longer permitted (by law) to practice TCM and acupuncture in British Columbia, Canada or to represent yourself as a practitioner, or to use the titles granted by the College including full titles and abbreviations for R.Ac., R.TCM.H., R.TCM.P., Dr.TCM.

  2. Once a registration is cancelled due to failure to pay a registration renewal fee on or before March 31st, you may apply for reinstatement within 3 months (by June 30) by paying the registration fee plus a 35% reinstatement fee and satisfying all requirements (Section 59 of the CTCMA Bylaws).

  3. After June 30th, you will need to make a separate application for reinstatement according to the provisions of section 58 of the CTCMA Bylaws. In this case, you must apply to be restored to the full register as a non-practicing registrant before applying to become a practicing registrant.