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. 


2021-10-18 Pan-Canadian Examination Update

2021-08-31 PCE Language Update

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 October 2021 Pan-Canadian Examinations is as below:


Application Start Date:

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 (8:30 AM PDT)

Application Deadline:

Thursday, July 15, 2021 (4:30PM PDT)

Deadline for Special Accommodation Request:

Thursday, July 15, 2021 (4:30PM PDT)

Deadline for Withdrawal of Application:

Friday, July 30, 2021 (4:30PM PDT)

(Application fee is Non-Refundable & Administrative Fee $100 can be applicable)

Date of TCM Herbalists Examinations - HER

October 6 & 7, 2021

Date of Acupuncturists Examinations - ACU

October 27 & 28, 2021

Date of TCM Practitioners Examinations - PRA

October 6 & 7, 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 October Pan-Canadian Entry-Level Examination - Application Form - New 

  • 2021 October Pan-Canadian Entry-Level Examination – Supplementary Form – New, if applicable

If you fail the Pan-Canadian examination twice or more since October 2020, you are required to complete a 50-hour Upgrading Program pre-approved by CTCMA. The Upgrading Program must be pre-approved by CTCMA before you start it and completed before the examination application deadline. Please use the following form(s) 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 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.

October 2021 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 June 1, 2021

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.