In early 2020, the College was informed by CARB-TCMPA that these high-stakes examinations would not be available in Chinese after October 2021. The work to secure ongoing access to the PCE in Chinese began immediately, and included consultation with registrants, negotiations with CARB-TCMPA, discussions with other TCM regulators across Canada and the US, and concerted dialogue at the Board level. The view of the College was that, as future professionals in a healthcare profession with traditional philosophical and practical roots, students should have the opportunity to be examined in the language in which it was developed.
Over 70% of registrants agreed that the exams should be offered in Chinese. TCM students and schools were equally adamant that the dual-language option be made available. It also became apparent that there is no feasible alternative examination provider with which the College could reasonably partner.
With assistance from the British Columbia Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioners (ACTMA) a $175,000 BC Government grant was obtained which, along with contributions from the College, provides for exam development and translation in 2022 and 2023.
In May 2021, the Board passed a resolution recommending that the College pursue an agreement with CARB-TCMPA designed to secure the continued offering of the PCE in both Traditional and Simplified Chinese in 2022 and 2023.
CARB-TCMPA subsequently agreed to collaborate with the College in order to develop an approach to the development and continued offering of the PCE in both Chinese and English, post-2023.
This agreement recognizes the importance of the Chinese language in underpinning the teaching, practice, research, and nuance associated with traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
The College continues its work with CARB-TCMPA and, as arrangements are finalized, we will provide further updates.