Internationally Educated Registration Process

The registration process for an internationally educated applicant typically has 3 steps:

  1. Exam Application and Qualification Assessment
  2. Passing of the Alberta Acupuncture Registration Examinations (AARE)
  3. Completion of the Registration Application

All internationally educated applicants must first apply for the AARE. The AARE is offered twice a year in April/October. The application opens around December/June.

Illustration of the registration process can be found here.

Internationally Educated Qualification Assessment

If you attended an Acupuncture Program outside of Canada, graduates must complete an education credential assessment as a part of their application to become a regulated member of the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta.  

The assessment report ensures the education credentials are authentic and verifiable, and allows for the College to compare your credentials to the Alberta equivalent.

Acceptable education credential assessment services:

  1. International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
  2. World Education Services (WES)

The College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA) accepts any of the assessment types (including the basic assessment and the document-by-document evaluation). The completed assessment can be forwarded directly to the CAA or may be submitted by the applicant by regular mail or email (  The completed assessment must be dated within one year of your application and any costs associated with obtaining the required assessment results are the responsibility of the applicant.

This assessment is required as a part of the Examination application.  If you have your assessment complete, you can set up an Alinity account and apply to be an exam candidate.  Click on the Registrants Portal to submit your application.

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