Registration Requirements for Internationally Educated Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists

To practise as a regulated health professional in Ontario, you must be a member of your profession’s regulatory college and hold a certificate of registration. Regulated health professionals are required by law to deliver competent, ethical and professional services, and are accountable to the public through their respective colleges.

The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) is the regulatory body for the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture in Ontario. The CTCMPAO's mandate is to serve and protect the public.

Ontario Registration Requirements

To be eligible for registration in the General Class, an applicant must meet the following registration requirements:

  1. Proof of Canadian citizenship, Permanent Residency or authorization to work in Canada
  2. Successful completion of a post-secondary program in TCM that:
    • In the case of a full TCM program, consists of at least four years of full-time education or education that is of equivalent duration
    • In the case of a traditional Chinese acupuncture program, consists of at least three years of full-time education, or education that is of equivalent duration
  3. Successful completion of a program of clinical experience in the profession that is structured, comprehensive, supervised, and evaluated and which consists of at least 45 weeks of clinical experience, involving at least 500 hours of direct patient contact
  4. Successful completion of the TCM Jurisprudence Course and Safety Program by passing the Jurisprudence Course Test and the Safety Program test
  5. Successful completion of the Registration Examinations-Pan-Canadian Examinations
  6. Evidence of reasonable language fluency in either English or French
  7. Submission of a criminal background check report using the database of the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC)

To learn more about the registration requirements, please visit the ##### website.


How the Access Centre Can Help

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