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of British Columbia

Safety Examination

All applicants applying for registration with the College must successfully complete the Safety Examination. Please refer to the Registration section of the website for the examination required to register for each registration title.

Important Update (2020-09-03):Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many examination / assessment centres remain closed for external bookings to take the CTCMA Safety Exam(s) at their facilities. The CTCMA Safety Examination at this time is primarily offered as an Online Exam with Remote Proctoring.

Currently, there are two assessment centres that can provide Zoom Online Remote Proctoring for candidates to take the CTCMA Safety Exam(s). This remote proctored examination format allows applicants to write the Safety Examinations safely and conveniently without travelling or commuting during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The two assessment centres that have CTCMA approved online remote proctors (invigilators) are:

445 Vancouver Island University (

443 Selkirk College (

The Safety Invigilation Fee (proctor fee) at Selkirk College is $50.00

Booking Information, Schedule & Payment, please click HERE.

Please see Tips for Taking Online CTCMA Safety Exam with Remote Proctoring for further information..

Application Procedure

Please read carefully the Safety Examination Guide before you start your application for the Safety Examination and know which CTCMS Safety Exam(s) are required for you to write to satisfy registration requirements with CTCMA.

The procedure to apply for the Safety Examination is as follow:

  • Contact an approved Invigilator (Recommended to be 6 weeks in advance of the proposed examination date) to see if there is availability to do so.  Make sure to be familiar with the invigilator’s fee schedule and booking policies (e.g. cancellation, booking changes). Invigilation fee can vary between various institutions;

  • Once an examination session availability is confirmed with an approved invigilator, complete the Online Application Form.  Make sure to input the correct information for the invigilator, the examination to write, your information, and enter the intended exam date as discussed with the invigilator. A confirmation receipt for your online application will become available once your application is successfully submitted; 

  • Print out/Screenshot the Confirmation Details and email to by PDF or fax to 604-357-1963;

  • A payment link with detailed instructions will be emailed to you after CTCMA receives your confirmation of application for Safety Examination;

  • Make the payment online to complete your application.  Your application will begin to be processed;

  • Once application is approved, make payment directly to the invigilator (or his/her institution) for the invigilation fee.

**You may request for Special Accommodations by contacting both your invigilator and the College in advance.

Examination Resources

Safety Examination Guide

The Safety Examination Guide contains detailed information about the policies, procedures for the Examination, including examination format, scoring, passing grades, and application process.

Safety Examination for Acupuncturists (R.Ac.) and TCM Herbalists (R.TCM.H.)

The Safety Examinations for Acupuncturist and TCM Herbalists are based on the:

Safety Examination for Acupuncturists (R.Ac.) and TCM Herbalists (R.TCM.H.) Accommodation

Candidates with a disability who requires examination accommodations must submit a request for consideration (in writing, signed, dated, and enclosed with supporting documentation) to the College at least twenty (20) business days prior to their anticipated examination write date.

Safety Examination for Doctor of TCM (Dr. TCM)

The Safety Examination for Doctor of TCM is based on the:

Tips for Taking Online CTCMA Safety Exam with Remote Proctoring

Candidates will need to make sure that their computer workstations and browsers to be used for the exam can have Zoom Software loaded and running during the examination session.  Candidate’s computer must have video (webcam), audio, and microphone capabilities so that the remote proctor (invigilator) can see and hear what the candidate is doing during the examination session.  The candidates can also talk to the remote proctor during the exam session by using the computer’s microphone.  There are video tutorials and support documents to help for setup issues ( Candidates can test their internet connection and computer setup by joining a test meeting ( well before their actual exam session.

On exam date, connect to the online remote proctor by following the Exam Procedure provided in the confirmation email from your online proctor.  Your online proctor will guide you to set up your computer for your examination.  Examination countdown timer will not start until you are actually starting to work on examination questions. If anything is unclear with your arrangement for your online proctor, please reach out to them directly for assistance.