Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can. You will have to pass the Pan Canadian TCM Acupuncturist registration exams to be licensed as an acupuncturist in Alberta. Under existing provincial mobility laws, you will also be able to practice acupuncture in all the other Canadian provinces as well.
Acupuncture Industry Information and Provincial Mobility Rights
In Canada health care, including allopathic, complementary, and alternative medicine, is regulated provincially where currently there are 5 provinces that regulate acupuncture and/or traditional Chinese medicine and herbs. These are Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland.
Each province determines the professional requirements to allow Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (Acu/TCM) practitioners and doctors to legally practice. To aid the provinces in this procedure and to create a national standard for Acu/TCM Ontario, British Columbia, and Human Resource Development Canada produced the Pan-Canadian Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine exams. Currently there are three exams that are now offered based on the professional title and designations which are: Registered Acupuncturist, Registered Herbalist, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner.
Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland are all utilizing the Pan Canadian Examinations. Quebec has a different method of regulation. The following websites are for each of the regulated provinces.
- Alberta – College and Associates of Acupuncture of Alberta
- British Columbia – College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia
- Ontario – College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario
- Quebec – Association des Acupuncteurs du Quèbec
- Newfoundland – College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture of Newfoundland and Labrador
Alberta only recognizes the title Registered Acupuncturist and Doctor of Acupuncture which currently requires successful completion of 5 examinations. These are the Written and Case Studies exams (both are part of the Pan-Canadian exams) and 3 additional exams that are specific to the province of Alberta (Modalities, Point Location, and a Safety/ jurisprudence exam). A Registered Acupuncturist in Alberta will be able to transfer to other regulated provinces based on provincial mobility rights or, as it often referred to as, provincial reciprocity. For example, an individual may transfer from Alberta to British Columbia and practice legally as an acupuncturist upon registration with the CTCMA if they were legally allowed to practice in Alberta. It is possible that a jurisprudence exam or a safety exam will be required but you would not be required to complete the Pan Canadian exams or their equivalents again.
It is necessary to also understand that with a registered title (i.e., Registered Acupuncturist) there may be different restrictions depending on the province. For example, a Registered Acupuncturist in Alberta can prescribe herbal formulas in contrast to British Columbia where a Registered Herbalist, TCM Practitioner, or TCM Doctor registration is required for the same activity. Please ensure that you are aware of any regulations of any province that you wish to practice in. Registration, exams, and titles are all subject to change according to the provincial regulatory bodies, so students are encouraged to continue to monitor developments in their provincial regulation while in their program of study.
Many graduates may wish to utilize their skills working in another country as an acupuncturist or traditional Chinese medicine doctor. Every country (or possibly every jurisdiction, state, or province within a country) may have different regulations for professional practice. It is up to the practitioner to research regarding international employment and regulations. The education at CITCM has in the past been transferred out of the country; however, every situation is looked at on an individual case by case evaluation. Policies that are valid in a country in one year may be changed and no longer valid the next year.
For other health practitioners who wish to further their career into practice of natural medicine, you have the advantages to transfer credits for both theory classes as well as some clinical hours, that will possibly allow you to graduate from the program two semesters early (credit transfer assessment policy and fee apply).
Massage Program Frequently Asked Questions
- 18 years of age at the start of the program.
- Proof of secondary-school diploma, equivalent, or post-secondary education must be provided.
- A successful interview with the Registrar to discuss why you would like to attend the program of your choice.
- Massage Clinics;
- Multi-disciplinary health care facilities;
- Sports clubs, spas, resorts and hotels;
- Industrial or Corporate work sites; or
- Own their own clinic.