Registration for those practicing internationally
This information is for internationally-educated applicants who have completed the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB) examination, are not currently registered in Canada, and are actively practicing in another jurisdiction outside of Canada.
Criteria to meet to be on the general register
All applicants must have a chiropractic degree from an approved Council on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI) program.
All applicants must demonstrate successful completion of parts A, B, and C of the CCEB exam.
All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language to be able to safely and competently practice as a chiropractor in Alberta. You may meet the language requirement in one of two ways:
- Complete your chiropractic education in English.
- Pass an approved English language test by an ACAC-designated exam provider.
Character and reputation
All applicants must meet the ACAC standards of good character and reputation. This includes submitting documentation demonstrating the applicant has no past or present behaviour/conduct that would put the Alberta public at risk. Evidence is collected by self-declarations, criminal record checks, reports on regulatory history, and civil judgments.
Professional liability protection (PLP) insurance
Members with the ACAC must hold at least $5 million per claim, and a $5 million aggregate amount per year on their policies.
Applicants must demonstrate an understanding and application of the rules governing practice in Alberta with the successful completion of the ACAC jurisprudence exam.
Apply for registration
To apply for registration, you must submit a completed application form with the required documentation. Please refer to the checklist in the application to ensure all required documents are submitted by the correct party.
Documents you send directly to the ACAC:
- A complete and notarized application.
- A notarized photo to confirm your identity.
- Proof of eligibility to work in Canada documentation.
- Fees (A fee assessment will be provided to the email address on your application after you submit your application).
You may send your complete notarized application and documents to the ACAC either by mail or in-person.
Please take a few minutes to review your application and supporting documents to ensure they are complete and legible before submitting. Having to resubmit documents may delay the application process.
Documents sent by others to the ACAC:
- Official transcripts from your CCEI-accredited school
- CCEB results
- A criminal record check completed by an ACAC-designated provider from every country you have lived for 90 days or more within 10 years of this application. A criminal record check is valid for 90 days from the date of issue.
- A report on regulatory history from each jurisdiction where you were registered, licensed, or practiced as a regulated professional (e.g., nurse, acupuncturist, teacher, etc.) for the last 10 years to confirm your registration status and conduct history. A report on regulatory history is valid for 90 days from the date of issue.
- English language proficiency: Applicable only to applicants who obtained their chiropractic degree from a non-English instructed program. A language test from an ACAC-designated testing provider may be required. The language test is valid for two years from the date of issue.
What to expect after you apply
Within five business days of the ACAC receiving your application, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing your online members’ centre to pay your application fees.
Registration documents and emails from all applicants and members are placed in a queue and are processed in the order that they are received. This includes criminal record checks, jurisprudence exam results, reports on regulatory history, and any resubmitted documents. Most documents will be processed within five business days. However, processing times may vary depending on the time of the year and processing volumes.
Application files are typically assessed by ACAC staff; however, the Registrar may refer any matter to the ACAC Registration Committee for consideration and this may delay the application process.
After the ACAC has received confirmation that your application fee payment has been made, you will receive an email within five business days with instructions for accessing the online ACAC jurisprudence exam.
What to expect when your application file is complete
Unless there are extenuating circumstances, once all registration requirements have been reviewed and cleared, the ACAC may have your application approved within five business days. Once approved, you will be issued a practice permit entitling you to practice as a licensed chiropractor in Alberta. Your name will appear on the member register, enabling the public to verify your registration status.
Please be aware, applications may be deferred, refused, or imposed with conditions if it is in the best interest of the public. Decisions or actions taken by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors can be reviewed by the provincial Ombudsman in accordance with the Ombudsman Act.
Fees paid to the ACAC
Fees are determined at the time the ACAC receives an application. The ACAC annual dues are pro-rated and determined based on the prospective start date of an applicant until the end of the current registration year (June 30, annually).
- Application fee: $300
- ACAC annual dues (depending on the applicant’s prospective start date):
- If an applicant’s license is activated between:
- July – September, 100% of the ACAC annual dues are owed
- October – December, 75% of the ACAC annual dues are owed
- January – March, 50% of the ACAC annual dues are owed
- April – June, 25% of the ACAC annual dues are owed
- Criminal record check:
- Canada: $29 before tax
- United States: $31 before tax, state and county fees
- Other countries: Relevant fees are dependant on country. The ACAC will inform you of the fee at the time of application.
Please be aware, criminal record checks must be conducted through an ACAC-designated provider. Prices are estimates and may vary depending on a variety of circumstances.
Fees paid to another party
- CCEB exam fee: at the discretion of the CCEB
- Transcripts: at the discretion of the academic institution
- Liability insurance: at the discretion of the PLP provider
The amount of coverage you must have for practice in Alberta is $5 million per occurrence/patient and $5 million minimum for the policy year.
Use of member personal information (as per ACAC Administrative Policy 3.4(a))
The ACAC retains member personal information to conduct organizational business, such as:
- Maintaining a complete record of membership in the ACAC.
- Maintaining individual and collective communication with members and respond to their inquiries.
- Collecting and managing member dues and assessments.
- Providing information to the public.
- Communicating about issues of interest and concern to our membership (newsletters, Council communiques, member notices, etc.).
- Recruiting volunteers.
- Contacting members to assist in association activities (e.g. media interviews, presentations, tradeshows).
- Contacting members as subject matter experts.
- Providing information to government and to the public as set out in the Health Professions Act.
Disclosure of applicant/member information
The ACAC shares member’s personal information for the purposes of activating and maintaining your practice permit, including but not limited to:
- the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA)
- the Canadian Chiropractic Protection Association (CCPA)
- insurance providers
- Telus Health
- Alberta Blue Cross
- Alberta Health Services
- Workers' Compensation Board (WCB)
Disclosure of social media accounts and websites
The ACAC actively monitors and enforces an advertising directive. Successful applicants will be required to provide to the ACAC the URLs for social media accounts and websites attached to their practice or professional profile. Successful applicants will provide this information through their online members’ center portal within the first 10 business days of practice.