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 (College). The AARE includes the following components:

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

Applicants educated in Alberta can apply for examinations if:

  • The applicant has obtained a diploma from a program in acupuncture; OR
  • The applicant will be graduating with a diploma from a program in acupuncture in June of the same year as the spring exam.

Prior to applying for exams, applicants educated in a Canadian jurisdiction outside of Alberta must first send a copy of their diploma and transcripts to registr[email protected] for education credential assessment.

Prior to applying for exams, International applicants must first complete an education credential assessment and send a copy of the completed assessment along with a copy of their diploma and transcripts to [email protected].

  • More information on eligible credential assessments can be found in the International Graduates section on our Applications page.

To apply for examinations, candidates must submit applications on the College’s Member Portal.

Instructions on How to Create an Account and How to Apply for Exams can be found on our Member Portal Support page.

To request special accommodations for your exam(s), submit the Request for Accommodations Form to [email protected]

Application Opens June 1st December 1st
Application Closes July 30th January 15th
Deadline for Special Accommodation Requests July 30th January 15th
Refund Deadline August 30th February 15th
Examination Fees Due August 30th February 15th
Pan-Canadian Exam Dates October 25 & 26, 2023 (backup 27th) April 24 & 25, 2024 (backup 26th)
CAA Exams October 21 & 22, 2023 TBD
Appeal/Rescore Request Deadline TBD TBD

The fee for the Pan-Canadian exam is $915.00.

Fees for the Safety, Modalities, and Acupuncture points exams can be found in the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta Fee Schedule (under Operations Policies).

The Safety, Modalities, and Acupuncture Points exams take place in person in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Pan-Canadian exam takes place in person and can be taken at the following locations across Canada:

AlbertaCalgary                       Lethbridge
Edmonton                  Fort McMurray
Red Deer                    Lloydminster
British ColumbiaBurnaby                     Richmond
Kelowna                     Surrey
Nanaimo                    Vancouver
Prince George            Victoria
ManitobaBrandon                     Winnipeg
New BrunswickFredericton                St. John
NewfoundlandSt. John’s
Nova ScotiaHalifax                        Sydney
OntarioBarrie                          Scarborough
Kingston                     St. Catharine’s
Ottawa                        Sudbury
London                       Thunder Bay
Markham                   Toronto
Mississauga              Windsor
Prince Edward IslandCharlottetown

Answers to questions regarding exams can be found on our AARE Exams FAQs Page.

If candidates have additional questions not answered on the FAQs Page, they can contact the College at [email protected] or 780-466-7787. Answers to these additional questions will be added to the FAQs Page.

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