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. 


2020-11-23 Pan-Canadian Examination Update Re: (1) Exam Fee Increse & (2) April 2021 Info

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

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:

Thursday, January 14, 2021 (4:30PM PST)

Deadline for Special Accommodation Request:

Thursday, January 14, 2021 (4:30PM PST)

Deadline for Withdrawal of Application:

Monday, February 1, 2021 (4:30PM PST)

(Application fee is non-refundable & Administration fee $100 can be applicable)

Date of TCM Herbalists Examinations

MCQ Component – Monday, April 19, 2021

CCQ Component – Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Date of Acupuncturists Examinations

MCQ Component – Wednesday, April 21, 2021

CCQ Component – Thursday, April 22, 2021

Date of TCM Practitioners Examinations:

MCQ Component – Wednesday, April 21, 2021

CCQ Component – Thursday, April 22, 2021

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 April Pan-Canadian Entry-Level Examination Application Form - New Please submit applications by mail. (CLOSED)

If you request accommodation for special needs, you are required to complete the following two forms and submit to directly.

2021 Pan-Canadian Examinations Fee chart is as below:





(plus applicable tax)

Chinese Translation 

2021 Pan-Canadian Acupuncturists Examination




2021 Pan-Canadian Herbalists Examination




2021 Pan-Canadian Practitioners Examination




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 Dec 9, 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.