College of

TRADITIONAL

CHINESE MEDICINE

PRACTITIONERS +

ACUPUNCTURISTS

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. 

Announcements

2021-10-18 Pan-Canadian Examination Update

2021-08-31 PCE Language Update

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: registration@ctcma.bc.ca


Examination Schedule

The examination schedule for April 2022 Pan-Canadian Examinations is as below. Please note that to avoid delays in ordering official transcripts and/or credential evaluation reports during the holiday season, we would recommend the applicants interested in writing the April 2022 Pan-Canadian Examinations to start to collect information as early as possible.

For April 2022 Pan-Canadian Examinations only, we accept VIA EMAIL to info@ctcma.bc.ca:

  • Official transcript for education of 2-year study of liberal arts and sciences completed within Canada sent directly from the issuing institutions’ student record/transcript department

  • Official transcript for TCM education program completed within Canada sent directly from the issuing institutions’ student record/transcript department

  • Credential evaluation report for education for education of 2-year study of liberal arts and sciences completed outside of Canada sent directly from the acceptable credential evaluation agency (members of Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada, e.g. ICES);

  • Credential evaluation report for TCM education completed outside of Canada sent directly from the acceptable credential evaluation agency (members of Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada, e.g. ICES) with a copy of transcript attached.

April 2022 – PAN-CANADIAN EXAMINATIONS

Application Starts:

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 (8:30 AM PDT)

Application Deadline:

Friday, January 14, 2022 (4:30PM PDT)

Deadline for Special Accommodation Request:

Friday, January 14, 2022 (4:30PM PDT)

Deadline for Withdrawal of Application:

Friday, January 28, 2022 (4:30PM PDT)

(Application fee is Non-Refundable & Administrative Fee $100 can be applicable)

Date of TCM Herbalists Examination - HER

April 11 & 12, 2022

Date of Acupuncturists Examination - ACU

April 27 & 28, 2022

Date of TCM Practitioners Examination - PRA

April 11 & 12, 2022


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.

Application Forms and Fees

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

  • 2021 October Pan-Canadian Entry-Level Examination - Application Form - New 

  • 2021 October Pan-Canadian Entry-Level Examination – Supplementary Form – New, if applicable

If you fail the Pan-Canadian examination twice or more since October 2020, you are required to complete a 50-hour Upgrading Program pre-approved by CTCMA. The Upgrading Program must be pre-approved by CTCMA before you start it and completed before the examination application deadline. Please use the following form(s) to apply for the pre-approval from the college:

If you request accommodation for special needs, you are required to complete the following two forms and submit to accommodations@carb-tcmpa.org directly.  Please note that an Accommodation Request form is required for each specific examination administration,  and the request when approved by CARB-TCMPA, will only apply to the current examination administration.

October 2021 Pan-Canadian Examinations Fee chart.

Examinations

Application

(Non-refundable)

Examination

(plus applicable tax)

Chinese

Translation

PCE Acupuncturists Examination - ACU

  $200

  $880

  $400

PCE TCM Herbalists Examination - HER

  $200

  $880

  $400

PCE TCM Practitioners Examination - PRA

  $300

  $1210

  $400


Examination Resources

Past PCE Examinations Results and Future Dates

Application Guide

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

Blueprint

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 14 of the Pan-Canadian Examination Candidate Handbook - Updated June 1, 2021

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.