Sitting the MCQ examination

The MCQ examination is designed to assess the candidates’ ability to interpret information and make safe and effective clinical decisions.

To assist candidates, the Board has developed the CMBA regulatory examinations candidate handbook – multiple-choice question examination (handbook) which outlines the structure, content and conduct of the examination.

The Board requires all candidates sitting the MCQ examination to read the handbook including, the suggested reading and resources provided in the handbook.

You can create a candidate account and register for the MCQ examination using the Examination portal button found on the right-hand side of the CMBA regulatory examinations webpage.

You will need to create a candidate account before you can register. To set up your candidate account, you will need your Ahpra user identification number. Your Ahpra user identification number is the 10-digit ID provided to you by Ahpra that you would use to sign in to your online Ahpra account.  

Once your candidate account has been reviewed it will be activated. Activation of this account can take up to 5 days. You will receive a welcome email when your candidate account has been activated. Only applicants who have received advice from Ahpra that they are required to sit the MCQ examination are eligible to have their account activated. 

You must register and pay the MCQ examination fee online prior to the application closing date.  

If you have applied to register in the division of acupuncturist and in the division of Chinese herbal medicine practitioner, you must register for the acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practitioner MCQ examination. 

If you have applied to register in the division of acupuncturist only, you must register for the acupuncture (only) MCQ examination.  

If you have applied to register in the division of Chinese herbal medicine practitioner only, you must register for the Chinese herbal medicine practitioner (only) MCQ examination. 

The current fees for each of the MCQ examinations are:

MCQ Examinations Duration Examination fee (GST free) 
Acupuncture (only) MCQ examination  2.5 hours (150 minutes)  $767.00 
Chinese herbal medicine practitioner (only) MCQ examination  2.5 hours (150 minutes)  $767.00 
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practitioner MCQ examination  3 hours (180 minutes)  $920.00 

After your registration is completed, you will receive a confirmation email with the details of the MCQ examination date, MCQ examination centre and requirements (including authentication code) for the examination day. 

If you have any questions about the candidate account or registering for the MCQ examination, please contact: cmbaregulatoryexam@ahpra.gov.au.  

You can register to sit the MCQ examination at MCQ examination centres that are open in Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, China, South Africa, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Israel, Indonesia or Hong Kong.

Some MCQ examination centres may be closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The latest information about examination centre closures can be accessed on the Kryterion website.

The CMBA regulatory examinations includes a multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination and an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). You must pass the MCQ examination to be eligible to undertake the OSCE.  

You are expected to arrive at the examination centre at least 15-20 minutes before the scheduled start time for the MCQ examination.  

For more information, please refer to CMBA regulatory examinations candidate handbook – multiple-choice question examination.  

When you arrive at the MCQ examination centre, you are required to present:

  1. a valid photo identification such as current driver’s licence or passport on arrival at the examination venue;  
  2. a confirmation email; and
  3. a valid ‘authentication code’ from the confirmation email.

The first and last names printed on the photo identification must match exactly the first and last names on the confirmation email. 

For more information, please refer to CMBA regulatory examinations candidate handbook – multiple-choice question examination

 
 
 
Page reviewed 30/08/2021