Oppose Discrimination on AB Acupuncturists Registration！ 反对阿尔伯塔省针灸管理局关于针灸师注册的歧视性政策！
Background: On January 15, 2021, CAA published the “Proposed Policies under the Regulation” with a section of “English Language Requirement” The summary of the “Proposed Policies under the Regulation” as following:
English Language Requirements (ELR in the following)
If English is not the first language of the applicant, the applicant for registration must provide their English test results from one of the following:
• IELTS: with minimum score of 6.0 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
• TOEFL: minimum score of 15 in Listening, 18 in Speaking, 15 in Reading and 22 in Writing.
Note: Test scores more than four years old will not be accepted.
Applicants may be exempted if one of the following applies:
• The applicant has completed high school where the primary language of instruction is English, which includes Alberta Grade 12 English or equivalent.
• The applicant has completed post-secondary education where the primary language of instruction is English, which includes at least one postsecondary level English language course or equivalent.
Alberta high school graduates may have the marks as low as 40% which is not compatible with IELTS 6.0. The ELR is not fair for the applicants whose first language are not English! This is discrimination!
Just found: CAA published the proposed policies in the Registration Application Guide while it is still at review phase on the home page of the website. This is a serious misconduct in the policy decision procedure!
We strongly disagree with the misconduct of CAA. It shows CAA does not care the opinions of the members at all!
We are considering to complain about CAA to Alberta Health if no satisfied respond is received from CAA before the review deadline!!
January 23th, 2021
College of Acupuncturists of Alberta
Alberta Association of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Re: Proposed Policies of English Language Requirement for new registration
On January 15, 2021, CAA published the “Proposed Policies under the Regulation” with a section of “English Language Requirement” (We will call it “ELR” in the following).
We, the students studying in the colleges are deeply concerned and strongly oppose this proposal from 5 perspectives: Health Professional Act, Across Professions of AB, Across Provinces of ATCM profession, Development, Social effects.
- Health Professional Act - HPA
- Across Professions of AB
- Across Provinces of ATCM profession
- Social Effects
There is no indication in HPA that the "ELR" is mandatory.
About the language requirement for all the professions under HPA, it is stated in HPA, Chapter H-7, Part 2 Registration. The registration for the Acupuncturists is in schedule 1, Section 7 (3) On the coming into force of this Schedule, a program of studies and an examination approved by the Health Disciplines Board under the Acupuncture Regulation (AR 42/88) continue as an approved program of studies and examination for the purposes of subsection (1).. It is clearly stated that the approved studies and examination should be accredited.
Other professions’ regulations in Alberta, such as Occupational Therapist, Naturopathic, Paramedics, Physiotherapist, Midwife, All the approved professional educations are accredited for the profession registrations, and no need to take additional English language tests.
All the professional education programs under HPA have their English language requirement admission. Our study is ending in a diploma program at college level, which is approved for fully preparing the students to the licensing exams. That is a very important reason why we choose and plan to take this career. CAA is adding the extra requirement beyond the training scope.
Our programs have been devised for public services and approved by the regulating body. The entrance requirement of our English language skills absolutely improved a lot after 3 years full-time college level study in English. The proposal is devaluing our study programs.
Acupuncturists Regulations under HPA in Canada are provinces of AB, BC, ON, NL, QC. The Acupuncturists in QC are not required to take the Pan Canadian exams.
The regulation body is CTCMPAO for ON, CTCMPANL for NL, and CTCMA of BC. All the applicants in the 3 provinces are required to take the Pan Canadian exams, but no Point Location and Modality tests, and also no additional English test required. Furthermore, the applicants in BC are allowed to take the exams in Chinese language.
Applicants in AB have to take 2 additional practical tests in English – Point Location and Modality. Successfully completing ALL the components of written and practical exams in English is already a strong evidence that the applicant has English language proficiency.
The requirement for Alberta applicants is much higher than the other provinces both in techniques and language. “ELR” is not necessary and is only exerting extra burden, physically, mentally and financially on Alberta applicants, which is unfair and unacceptable!
Acupuncture and TCM (ATCM below for short) originated in China with long history and is enriched with Chinese culture and art and philosophy which is the treasure of the Chinese civilization. To better understand and explore the great treasure, Chinese language skill is considerably important. The applicants have the imminent need to improve their Chinese language skills instead of focusing on English.
The registration requirement in Alberta is the highest across Canada. The higher requirements lead to higher cost, thus a low efficiency. Under the proposal of “ELR”, the applicants may need to take the corresponding language training for the extra tests, which is numerous waste of financial resources and time.
Besides, “ELR” is not fair and is discrimination against the applicants whose first language is not English, as it sets double standards for Albertans, labels the applicants, and damages the harmony of the diverse society.
In summary of the above 5 perspectives, the “ELR” would cause a negative outcome not only for the applicants, but also to the ATCM system, and the society. We are extremely disappointed, and we strongly disagree with the proposal. We hope the council of CAA could listen more to the voice its members and members-to-be before they make any proposals in the future.
Students in Acupuncture programs
with the support of Registered Acupuncturists,
and related professions
该法中，有关专业针灸师注册要求，出现在Chapter H-7, Part 2 Registration. The registration for the Acupuncturists is in schedule 1, Section 7 (3) On the coming into force of this Schedule, a program of studies and an examination approved by the Health Disciplines Board under the Acupuncture Regulation (AR 42/88) continue as an approved program of studies and examination for the purposes of subsection (1).，表明了现有的学习和考试成绩应得到认可。
针灸和中医起源于中国，历史悠久，它丰富了中华文化、艺术和哲学，成为中华文明的瑰宝。 为了更好地理解和发掘其中宝贵的财富，汉语水平和技能显得格外重要。 我们呼吁：申请人迫切需要提高自己的中文技能，而不是专注于英语。 这是因为许多参考文献来自中文，就像许多人学习西医一样，重点参考英文文献。更为重要的是，只有懂得中文，才能更好地理解中医文化，帮助我们更好地实践和发展针灸和中医！
如上所述，阿省针灸师注册要求属于加拿大最高级别。 高要求产生高成本，因而必然影响到总体效率。 根据额外“英语水平要求”的提议，申请人可能需要参加相应的语言培训，再进行额外的测试，这必然浪费大量的时间和金钱。
总结以上5个方面，额外“英语水平要求”的提议不仅会给申请人，阿省针灸和中医系统以及社会带来负面影响。 对此，我们感到非常失望，这里，我们强烈反对额外“英语水平要求”的提议。 我们期望，阿省针灸师学会在将来提出任何政策和建议之前，可以听取其成员和未来成员的声音。