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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 ( - – Note: Unavailable from Dec 21,2020 to Jan 11, 2021

443 Selkirk College (

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 application for the Safety Examination involves two steps as follow:

Step 1 – Invigilator

  • Book your Safety Examination 45 days in advance with an approved Invigilator

  • Pay the Safety Invigilation Fee directly to the Invigilator (or his/her institution). Fees vary from institution to institution.

Step 2 – CTCMA

  • Complete the Online Application Form and wait for the confirmation details to show up on your screen

  • Print out the confirmation page

  • Complete your Credit Card Pre-Authorization Form or prepare a $75 Money Order for the Safety Course Fee

  • Mail the print out (confirmation page) and the payment to CTCMA to complete your application

(*During the Covid-19 pandemic, the form and confirmation details can be sent to College by email and fax as well.)

*If you do not live within 200km of an approved invigilator, you may request a closer invigilator to be approved by using the Invigilator Review and Approval Application.  (*Update: 2020-09-03: Booking with available online proctors will eliminate concerns for travelling.)

**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.