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Pan-Canadian 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.


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: [email protected]

Examination Schedule

The examination schedule for October 2024 Pan-Canadian Examinations is as below (subject to revision upon confirmation from CARB-TCMPA). Please note that to avoid delays in ordering official transcripts and/or credential evaluation reports during the examination season and in consideration of the college workload during the transition period of the Amalgamation Date (June 28, 2024), we would recommend the applicants interested in writing the October 2024 Pan-Canadian Examinations to start to collect information as early as possible.

We accept PCE applications by either mail or via Uploading to CTCMA Upload Site (link will be provided on application start date).


Application Starts:

Monday, June 3, 2024 (8:30 AM Vancouver Local Time)

(Note: Taking a “refresher course” for the purpose of being eligible to take or re-take an examination can be done any time so that the course can be completed as required for the examination application to be approved.)

Application Deadline:

Monday, July 15, 2024 (4:30PM Vancouver Local Time)

Deadline for Special Accommodation Request:

Monday, July 15, 2024 (4:30PM Vancouver Local Time)

Application Fee Due Date:

48 hours after the payment link sent from CTCMA

Examination Fee Due Date:

Noon (Vancouver Local Time), Thursday, August 15, 2024

(the payment link will be sent to those approved candidates by Friday, August 9, 2024)

Deadline for Withdrawal of Applications

Noon (Vancouver Local Time) Thursday, August 15, 2024

(application fee is non-refundable)

Date of TCM Herbalists Examination – HER

October 1 & 2, 2024

Date of TCM Practitioners Examination – PRA

October 3 & 4, 2024

Date of Acupuncturists Examination – ACU

October 23 & 24, 2024

Important Notes:

A. Please note that the October 2024 dates for the TCM Herbalists and TCM Practitioners examinations are under review and are currently scheduled for October 1-4, 2024. The exams were previously scheduled to overlap on October 2 & 3, 2024.

B. Please note that the schedule is posted for information only and pending confirmation from CARB-TCMPA (the exam administrator). It might be subject to revision closer to the examination application start date.

C. The computer-based Pan-Canadian Examinations will be delivered IN-PERSON at TESTING CENTERS across Canada. For the latest available testing center locations across Canada, please refer to the CARB-TCMPA website HERE.

D. Please refer to the CARB-TCMPA website for future exam dates HERE .

E. The languages offered for the October 2024 administration are still under review.  Please refer to the CARB-TCMPA website HERE for more updates.

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.

If you plan to take the Registration Examination and graduated from a TCM/A education program for more than 3 years ago (Bylaws S60.3(2) & (3)) OR failed an examination and will apply for the 2nd or 3rd attempt (Bylaws S60.4(4) & (5)), you are required to complete a Refresher Program/Course that is pre-approved by CTCMA. The Refresher Program/Course must be pre-approved by CTCMA before you start it and completed before the examination application deadline. Please use the following form 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 [email protected] 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.

 Pan-Canadian Examinations Fee Chart:





(plus applicable tax)

PCE Acupuncturists Examination – ACU



PCE TCM Herbalists Examination – HER



PCE TCM Practitioners Examination – PRA



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.


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 November 26, 2023

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.