Information for participants

New applicants to PTCMAAS must meet several requirements including education and Safety certification. PTCMAAS offers the Certificate course in Acupuncture Safety and Clean Needle Technique.

This Alberta-approved Certificate course from the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM) is provided for PTCMAAS applicants who do not have a safety examination certificate or safety credit course from a qualified TCM school or government licensing agency.

Who may register

Any person may register to take this course, even non-TCM practitioners. Persons who want to join PTCMAAS must also meet the minimum education and other requirements for membership. Completing this Acupuncture Safety Course does NOT guarantee approval for membership in PTCMAAS. We strongly recommend checking if your education courses and hours are acceptable before paying for this course. The requirements for membership are in the membership application form at

Date and location

The Acupuncture Safety course is held in Regina or Saskatoon through PTCMAAS. It is usually one day from 9:30 to 5:30; and occasionally on two days, from 10:00 to 3:00. Date and location are decided when there are at least four participants. In special circumstances, the course might be offered with fewer than four participants.

The next course is scheduled for 

Tuesday, February 28, 2023    9:30-5:30 pm
105 McMurchy Avenue, Unit 1      Regina SK

Previous courses were:
October 17, 2021
November 17, 2019.
January 20, 2018.  


For information, contact PTCMAAS . After the date is decided, register with CITCM (1-403-520-5289 or 1-888-859-8686) for a username and password to access the online course materials.

Language and translation helpers

The course is in English. You may bring someone to help with reading, writing, talking and listening. Helpers do not have to pay for the course. The helper may only translate; they may not advise or correct the participant. If there is a mistake in translation, the English version is the official version.


The registration fee is $250 +$12.50 GST = $262.50. Fee is paid in advance to CITCM by cheque or credit card. There is no refund if you miss the course, or if you fail the exam.

The re-examination fee is $50.00 + $2.50 GST = $52.50 if you fail the exam and wish to re-take it, This fee is paid to CITCM.

You need an Acupuncture travel kit during the course and exam (see Acupuncture Safety book, p. 14). If you don’t have one, you may rent a kit for $40. You must request it before the course. Pay this optional fee at the course.


After you have your username and password, log in at (2023)

Review the online materials (a 51-page Acupuncture Safety book and 3 videos, approximately 19 min, 6 min, and 10 min). They will be available for about one month before the course. You may watch them as often as you wish.

On the day of the course, there are four parts over 8-10 hours:

  • The instructor(s) will review course material that was online and present additional information.
  • Multiple-choice written test.
  • Demonstration and practice of Clean Needle Technique
  • Clean Needle Technique examination


CITCM will send official certificates to successful participants by mail. If the Safety certificate is your last requirement for PTCMAAS membership, the instructors can inform the Membership Committee that you succeeded so that your application process can move forward immediately.

There will be approximately 1 hour for lunch time. You may make your own arrangements. Some people go to a restaurant.

If you have any questions, please contact PTCMAAS. Email:  

The official language of PTCMAAS is English, including all documents, meetings, and communications. We have translated a few documents as a courtesy; we cannot translate all documents. If there is a disagreement in the translation, the English version is the official one.

PTCMAAS使用的官方言是英包括所有文件,会和通信交流。了方便大家,我了几个文件; 但我不可能翻所有文件。如果您在翻上有异以英版本