College of

TRADITIONAL

CHINESE MEDICINE

PRACTITIONERS +

ACUPUNCTURISTS

of British Columbia

BC Government grant means current Traditional Chinese Medicine students in BC can continue to write exams in Chinese

For Immediate Release

March 26, 2021

Students currently studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture in British Columbia and planning to take the Pan-Canadian Entry-level Examinations in TCM and Acupuncture (PCE) will be able to continue to do so in their preference of Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese thanks to a one-time grant from the BC Government.

The exams for Acupuncturists and TCM Herbalists are a requirement of registration to practise TCM and acupuncture in BC. The decision to discontinue Chinese-language exams was made by the Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies for Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CARB-TCMPA), an independent organization that offers the PCE for TCM regulators across Canada.

The BC Government’s $175,000 grant, along with contributions from the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA), will provide for their translation and continued offering to allow current students who had planned to write the entry-level exams in Chinese, to do so in 2022 and 2023.

Quote from Anne Kang, MLA for Burnaby – Deer Lake

“British Columbia is the only Canadian province currently offering these critical exams in Chinese and we wanted to maintain this path to registration for current TCM students whose first language is not English. I appreciate the huge value that TCM has, especially here in BC.  I want to thank my MLA colleagues including Henry Yao for raising this issue and helping to achieve a solution for students in BC.”

Quote from Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre:

“This has been a great example of working together with our partners in the community to put students first. I would like to thank the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC and the British Columbia Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioners (ATCMA) for their advocacy in speaking up for TCM students in BC. This grant is expected to benefit more than 120 students planning to write their entry-level exams in Chinese over the course of the 2022 and 2023 academic years.”

Quote from Dr. Peter Stevenson-Moore, Board Chair, CTCMA:

“The importance of the Chinese language in underpinning the teaching, practice and research associated with traditional Chinese medicine cannot be over emphasized and the ability to continue to offer high-quality, entry-level exams in Chinese, alongside their English language counterparts, is paramount. This generous grant will allow the College to continue to provide a valuable service to future TCM practitioners, right here in our province.”

Quote from Jonathan Ho, Registrar & CEO, CTCMA:

“The exams will continue to be offered through the Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CARB-TCMPA), our national body, with whom we share the goal of maintaining the defensibility of the examination program. The College’s mandate is to serve and protect the public interest by regulating the safe, ethical practice of traditional Chinese medicine in this province. This grant will help us to assure the public that the TCM practitioners from whom they seek care are knowledgeable and competent. Finally, I’d like to thank the British Columbia Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioners (ATCMA) for their support.”

Quick Facts:

Acupuncture has been a regulated health profession in BC since 1996 and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been a regulated health profession since 2000.

There are currently over 2,000 registered Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and Acupuncturists in BC.

Sixty percent of practicing registrants in BC are female, 40% male.

Over half of BC’s TCM practitioners received their TCM education in BC or elsewhere in Canada; about 13% were educated in China.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and Acupuncturists professions have been growing over the past five years at a rate of between one and six percent.

Learn More:

Visit the CTCMA website to learn more about the regulation of TCM in British Columbia: https://www.ctcma.bc.ca/

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Media Contacts

Sean Leslie, Communications Director,

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training

sean.leslie@gov.bc.ca

Jonathan Ho, Registrar & CEO

College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia

registrar@ctcma.bc.ca