Under the Health Professions Act, to practice as an acupuncturist and use the protected titles (i.e., acupuncturist, doctor of acupuncture, Dr. Ac., R. Ac., Ac.), you must be registered and have a valid practice permit.

For registrants on the General and Non-practicing Registers:

  • Registration Renewal is mandatory.
  • Registration Renewal is required to be completed annually by March 31. 
  • Registration Renewal must be completed via the Member Portal
  • If Registration Renewal (including full payment) is not completed by March 31, you must stop practicing until a valid practice permit is issued.
  • A valid practice permit must be displayed when you provide acupuncture services (as outlined in the Health Professions Act section 36(5)).

Registration Renewal runs from February 1 to March 31.

In order to complete the renewal form, you will need to:

  1. Update your profile
  2. Record your practice hours (including direct practice hours)
  3. Submit a valid professional liability insurance certificate
  4. Complete Continuing Competence Program requirements:

a. At least fifteen (15) continuing competence program credits for the previous registration cycle
b. At least one learning goal with a learning summary and reflection for the upcoming registration cycle

       5. Submit a valid standard first-aid and CPR-C certificate.
       6. Pay a $1200 practice permit fee.

You must complete all of the above to successfully renew.

Applications that do not require the College’s review are approved immediately upon payment in full.

The annual practice permit fee is $1200. A late fee of $400 will be applied if your practice permit is received after March 31.

The annual practice permit fee can be paid by:

  • Visa debit or credit card on your member portal.
  • E-transfer to [email protected]. Please ensure you enter the following information in the message field:
    • Your name and registration number
    • What the funds are for (ex: application fee, registration fees, fine payment, examination fee, Letter of Standing fee, Late renewal fee, etc.).
  • Cheque or money order. Send directly to our office at:
    • College of Acupuncturists of Alberta
      #201, 9612 51 Avenue
      Edmonton, AB T6A 5A6

Your tax receipt is available in the Member Portal immediately upon payment in full.

Once you have completed your renewal and paid your renewal fee, you will see a link to your practice permit on the home page of your  Member Portal.

Resources and support regarding the Member Portal and completing your registration renewal can be found on the Member Portal Support Page.

Questions and answers regarding the Continuing Competence Program can be found on the Continuing Competence Program Page.

Information, including Frequently Asked Questions, regarding Insurance can be found on the Insurance Page.

Information, including Frequently Asked Questions, regarding First-aid/CPR can be found on the First-aid/CPR page.

Information, including Frequently Asked Questions, regarding Practice Hours can be found on the Practice Hours Page.

If the answer to your question is not on our website, you can contact the College at [email protected], 780-466-7787, or join our Facebook community.

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