Who is responsible for regulating Acupuncturists in Alberta?

In Alberta, you must be registered by the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta to call yourself an Acupuncturist.

What are the registration requirements for internationally educated Acupuncturists?

Internationally educated acupuncturists must apply to the CAAA for an evaluation of their qualifications and fulfill the following criteria for licensure: 

1. Academic Requirement 

    a.  A degree, diploma or certificate that shows that you have completed 1440 hours of theoretical instruction and 650 hours of clinical instruction 

    b.  A safety/clean needle courses that has been approved by the CAAA. 

2. Work Experience Requirement 

     A minimum of 500 practice hours within the two years immediately preceding your application for registration with the CAAA 

3. Good Character and Reputation 

     Two character references that can confirm your good character and reputation 

 4. English Language Competency 

     Note: Acupuncturists are not required to complete any standardized tests; however, they must keep patient records in English and be able to communication with patients in English. 

5. Examinations 

All acupuncturists in Alberta are required to pass the Alberta Acupuncture Registration Examination. This exam consists of both written and clinical components.

What are the educational requirements for Acupuncturists in Alberta?

In Alberta, the following institutions offer education programs in Acupuncture and have been approved by the Health Disciplines Board: 

Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton 

Reeves College in Edmonton 

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

Applicants are not required to pass an approved English Language Tests. However, they are required to keep patient records in English and to communicate effectively with patients in English.  To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What supports are available to support internationally educated health professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants, Clear Communication for Health Professionals 

Developed for health care professionals, Clear Communication for Health Professionals is a facilitated study group that focuses on the essence of effective communication in a health care setting. Participants will learn more about Canadian workplace culture, developing effective listening skills and other techniques designed to help you succeed in the workplace. Please visit the Job Success Groups tab on the Study Groups page.

What information resources are available for Acupuncturists in Alberta?

College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta 

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