The Alberta Acupuncture Registration Examinations (AARE) test the occupational competencies of entry-level acupuncturists to ensure safe, competent, and ethical practice. Successful completion of the AARE is one of the requirements for registration with the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA). The AARE includes the following components:

  1. Pan-Canadian Examinations (Multiple-Choice & Clinical Case components)
  2. CAA Safety Exam
  3. CAA Modalities Exam
  4. CAA Acupuncture Points Exam



Important Update – July 28, 2022

The College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (the CAA) and the Examination Committee are working hard to improve our examination processes. Upon review of examiner and candidate feedback after the Spring 2022 Alberta Acupuncturists Registration Examinations, it was noted that some candidates were unable to complete the CAA Modalities Exam in time. As Step 3 – fire-cupping over a needle of the Modalities Exam is a technique that may cause harm to patients if performed unsafely, it is necessary that the CAA assess candidates’ performance and competency on such technique. It is as important that candidates have sufficient time to complete their exam; as such, the CAA will increase the Modalities Exam time to 18 minutes starting Fall 2022.

Important Update – June 28, 2022

The AARE Candidate Handbook is updated and includes important changes for the 2022 Fall examinations. All candidates are encouraged to review the AARE Candidate Handbook carefully as early as possible for preparation of the upcoming examinations.

Rescore Fee Reduction and Modalities Critical Error Review

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Important Dates

Application Opens June 1, 2022
Application Closes July 15, 2022
Refund Deadline August 15, 2022
Deadline for Special Accommodation Requests July 15, 2022
Examination Fees due Date August 15, 2022
Pan-Canadian Exam Dates Oct 26 & 27, 2022 (backup 28th)


Exam Application Fee (Non-refundable) $300
Retake Application Fee (Non-refundable) $150
Pan-Canadian Exam Fee $915
CAA Safety Exam Fee $120
CAA Modalities Exam Fee $300
CAA Acupuncture Points Exam Fee $300

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