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.


Registration renewal is mandatory and occurs annually. Renewal opens for registered acupuncturists on February 1 and must be completed by March 31 (including full payment). Renewal forms must be completed and submitted using your member portal.

If your renewal application, which includes payment in full, is not complete by March 31, you must stop practicing until a valid practice permit is issued.

Renewal Requirements

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 $1200.00 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 $1200.00. A late fee of $400.00 will be applied if your practice permit is renewed after March 31.

The practice permit fee can be paid by MasterCard, Visa, Visa debit, e-transfer, or cheque and is due in one lump sum payment. Your renewal is not considered complete until this fee is paid.

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

Practice Permit

Once your renewal application is approved, a practice permit is issued and appears in the Member Portal.

You must display your practice permit when you provide acupuncture services as outlined in the Health Professions Act section 36(5).

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