College of





of British Columbia

Pan-Canadian Entry-Level Examinations

All applicants except those who qualify for registration through reciprocity registration, applying for registration as a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.), Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist (R.TCM.H.), or Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCM.P.) with the College must successfully complete the Pan-Canadian Written and Clinical Case-study Examinations in respect to the title of registration applying for. 


2020-09-01IMPORTANT Notice to Pan-Canadian Examination Registered Candidates for October 2020 sitting 

2020-07-15Pan-Canadian Examination Application period is now closed

If your applications have been received by CTCMA on or before the application deadline – July 15, 2020,  you should have received emails from CTCMA confirming the receipt of the application and carrying the payment link for you to complete the payment of the application fee. The application fee is required to be received by CTCMA on or before July 15, 2020 to complete your 2020 PCE applications.

Currently CTCMA is reviewing all the examination applications and the application status will be updated at Registrant Portal by mid-August. The payment method of the examination fee and translation fee (if applicable) will be sent to those applications that are approved by CTCMA around mid-August, 2020.

2020-05-01Education and Examination Requirements for October 2020 Pan-Canadian Examinations

2020-01-07Transition Bulletin for Fall 2020 Pan-Canadian Entry-Level Examinations

During the pandemic, the best way to reach CTCMA staff is by email so that your questions can be answered promptly.  All exam application enquiries can be sent to:

Examination Schedule

The examination schedule for 2020 Pan-Canadian Examinations is as below:


Application Deadline:

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 (4:30PM PST)

Deadline for Special Accommodation Request:

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 (4:30PM PST)

Deadline for Withdrawal of Application:

Friday, July 31, 2020 (4:30PM PST)

(Application fee is non-refundable & Administration fee $100 would apply)

Date of TCM Herbalists Examinations

MCQ Component: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

CCQ Component: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Date of Acupuncturists Examinations

MCQ Component: Thursday, October 22, 2020

CCQ Component: Friday, October 23, 2020

Date of TCM Practitioners Examinations:

MCQ Component: Thursday, October 22, 2020

CCQ Component: Friday, October 23, 2020

Date of Clinical Case-Study RETAKE EXAMINATIONS (for Retaking candidates ONLY): - ONLY Except Herbalist Retaking 

Saturday, December 12, 2020 (PAPER-BASED)

Date of Herbalist Clinical Case-Study RETAKE EXAMINATIONS

Sunday, December 13, 2020 (PAPER-BASED)

Examination Requirements and Forms

Education Requirements

Applicants are required to meet the education requirements (both TCM and two years liberal arts/sciences study) for registration in respect to the title of registration applying for. Please refer to the Registration section of the website for further information.

New - Education and Examination Requirements for October 2020 Pan-Canadian Examinations

Application Forms and Fees

Please use the forms below to submit your application to register.

  • 2020 Pan-Canadian Entry-Level Examination Application Form - New Please submit applications by mail.
  • 2020 Pan-Canadian Entry-Level Examination Accommodation Form - New Please submit applications by mail.
  • Upgrading Program Application Form _ didactic study
  • Upgrading Program Application From _ clinical training

2020 Pan-Canadian Examinations Fee chart is as below:





(plus applicable tax)

Chinese Translation 

2020 Oct Acupuncturists CBT




2020 Oct TCM Herbalists CBT




2020 Oct TCM Practitioners CBT




2020 Dec Acupuncturists Clinical Retaking




2020 Dec TCM Herbalists Clinical Retaking




2020 Dec TCM Practitioners Clinical Retaking




The fees will be charged in two steps:

Step 1: Application Fee - A payment link will be emailed to you upon receipt of your application package; Please pay the application fee through the link by the application deadline. Your application will not be processed until after payment is received.

Step 2: Examination (& Translation, if applicable) Fee – A payment link will be emailed to you upon approval of your examination application. Please pay the examination and applicable translation fee(s) through the link by the payment deadline indicated in the email. Approved candidates are not registered to participate in the examination until after payment is received.

Examination Resources

Application Guide

The Application Guide is designed to provide candidates with information on the application process, policies, and instructions for the Pan-Canadian Examinations.


The Blueprint documents outline the content tested on the Pan-Canadian exam. For the Pan-Canadian Registration Examination for Acupuncturists, TCM Herbalists and/or TCM Practitioners, the content consists of the competencies that an entry-level practitioner is required to possess in order to practise safely, effectively and ethically. Please refer to the Examination Blueprint Table(s) on Page 12 and 13 of the Pan-Canadian Examination Candidate Handbook - Updated Aug 10, 2020

Entry-Level Competencies for TCM practitioners

For more information on the Entry-Level Competencies for TCM practitioners, please refer to the Entry-Level Competencies page.

Pan-Canadian Examinations Candidate Handbook

The Examination Guide is designed by the Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies of TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CARB-TCMPA) to familiarize candidates with the format of the actual examination and to provide information on the content of the examination. More information is available at CARB-TCMPA.