College of

TRADITIONAL

CHINESE MEDICINE

PRACTITIONERS +

ACUPUNCTURISTS

of British Columbia

Newly-revised Pan-Canadian Examinations for Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Acupuncturists and Herbalists Being Implemented in Autumn 2020

Jan 14, 2019

The Consortium of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists is the group of provincial regulatory bodies that govern and monitor the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners, TCM Acupuncturists and/or TCM Herbalists.  The Consortium administers the Pan-Canadian Examinations to assess the occupational competencies that entry-level TCM Practitioners, Acupuncturists and/or TCM Herbalists must have to practice safely, effectively and ethically. These Pan-Canadian examinations are also meant to ensure quality standards and facilitate labour mobility across provinces.

The following provincial regulatory bodies currently utilize the Pan-Canadian examinations:

  • College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA)

  • College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA)

  • the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Newfoundland and Labrador (CTCMPANL)

  • College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO)

The first Pan-Canadian Examinations were offered in October 2013.   In 2018, the Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies for Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CARB-TCMPA) updated the Entry-level Occupational Competencies for the practice of TCM in Canada, which may be viewed by clicking here.  The Blueprint for the Pan-Canadian Examinations, has also been updated to reflect the Entry-Level Occupational Competencies to ensure competent and safe TCM practice in Canada.  The Consortium has also taken steps to update the administration and delivery format of the examinations.  The newly-revised blueprint will be implemented for the Pan-Canadian Examinations in Autumn 2020.

Highlights of the Pan-Canadian Examinations for Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Acupuncturists and Herbalists in Autumn 2020:

  1. The examinations in Autumn 2020 will be the first examinations using the revised blueprint.

  2. The examinations will be computer-administered.

  3. The examinations will include a multiple-choice question component and a clinical case question component that will be administered on the same day.

  4. A summary of the new blueprint including the total number of questions and time for each examination component can be found here.

  5. The newly-revised Blueprint for the Pan-Canadian Examinations For Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Acupuncturists and Herbalists (for Autumn 2020) will be released shortly on the College website.

  6. The examination schedules (including application timeline and examination dates) and Examination Candidate Handbook (for Autumn 2020) will be released later in 2019/2020.

  7. Following the Autumn administration, the examinations will be offered bi-annually.

To transition to the computer-administered format, there will be one final offering of the current Pan Canadian examinations.  The Written Multiple Choice in October 2019 and the Clinical Case Study in January 2020.

Additionally, the updated Entry-Level Occupational Competencies provides further clarity on the need for a practical assessment to ensure the competencies that are not assessed through the multiple-choice question component or the clinical case question component are assessed. Work is being undertaken to develop a regulatory assessment to align with the Entry-Level Occupational Competencies. More information will be published as this work progresses.