Recognized Training and Certification From Outside Canada

Eligibility requirements have been updated. Please review carefully to ensure all requirements are met and that the necessary documentation can be provided.

Physicians who obtained certification in family medicine in a jurisdiction acceptable to the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) through a practice-eligible route are not eligible to apply for Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) without examination.

The CCFP designation may be granted without examination by the CFPC to physicians who meet all the following criteria:

1. Graduated successfully from an accredited postgraduate training program in family medicine in a jurisdiction where the standards for accreditation of postgraduate family medicine training and the criteria for certification are judged to be comparable and acceptable to the CFPC

2. Maintained a continuous (throughout their entire career), valid, and unrestricted licence/registration to practise family medicine in that jurisdiction since completing their family medicine training program:

  • This requirement is waived for applicants who are currently licensed/registered to practise in Canada under a full or provisional/restricted licence
  • There can be no gaps in licensure longer than one year, either continuously or in total over the past five years of practice from the date of application

3. Demonstrated evidence of maintaining ongoing, active certification in family medicine in that jurisdiction:

  • Applicants who are granted a provisional/restricted licence/registration to practise in Canada for more than one year preceding their application to the CFPC’s Certification Without Examination Program are required to provide proof of completion of 100 Mainpro+® credits, of which 50 must be certified credits, for each full year between being awarded a provisional/restricted licence to practise and the date of their application to the CFPC’s Certification Without Examination Program

4. Are active members of the CFPC in good standing and maintain membership throughout the entire application process

5. Meet all other requirements for licensure and have been granted registration to practise in a Canadian province or territory:

  • In Ontario, applicants are required to have been granted approval under the Registration Committee’s policy for Recognition of Certification Without Examination Issued by the CFPC

Approved jurisdictions include:

  • Australia: Graduates of Australian General Practice Vocational Training programs that have been accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and meet the standards of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) who also hold Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
    OR
    Graduates of the vocational training routes accredited by the AMC and administered through the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) who also hold the certification in family medicine leading to Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

  • Ireland: Graduates of general practice vocational training schemes that have been accredited by the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) who also hold Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners (MICGP)

  • United Kingdom: Graduates of general practice vocational training programs that have been accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC) who meet the standards of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) who also hold Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP)

  • United States: Graduates of family medicine residency training programs that have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) who hold the Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine (DABFM) designation

Application process for recognition of training and certification from approved jurisdictions

1. Complete the online self-assessment questionnaire.

2. If you are eligible to apply, become a member of the CFPC.

3. Complete the online application and pay the $500 non-refundable fee.

4. Request the letter of good standing (not older than six months when received by the CFPC) to be sent from the certifying body (RACGP, ACRRM, ICGP, RCGP, ABFM) directly to the CFPC.

5. Request evidence of current registration (not older than six months when received by the CFPC) to be sent from the licensing body (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Irish Medical Board, GMC in the United Kingdom) directly to the CFPC. The letter needs to show the physician’s complete registration history, including any gaps, disciplinary actions, and/or restrictions.

CFPC will request a report from the Federation of State Medical Boards in the United States.

6. Provide evidence from a medical regulatory authority (MRA) in Canada that they are in all ways eligible for licensure or registration in a province or territory in Canada (except for CCFP) and that they have been granted a provisional/restricted licence to practise in a province or territory in Canada.

  • If currently not licensed to practise in Canada: 
    • Contact the MRA in the province where they intend to apply for registration to practise and request an application package for registration 
    • Notify the CFPC if the MRA requires a letter commenting on the applicant’s eligibility for certification without examination route
  • If registered and practising in a province or territory of Canada: 
    • Request a letter of standing (Certificate of Professional Conduct) to be sent from the MRA directly to the CFPC

7. Register credentials with the Medical Council of Canada’s Physician Credentials Repository (physiciansapply.ca) and ensure the profile and documents are shared with the CFPC. The CFPC requires source verification of only three documents:

  • Medical degree (Doctorate of Osteopathy from the United States also accepted)
  • Postgraduate family medicine training
  • Certification in family medicine (FRACGP or FACRRM, MICGP, MRCGP, DABFM certificate)

    For postgraduate family medicine training:

  • Australia: Document/certificate issued by the Regional Training Provider (RTP) that confirms the following: 
    • Successful completion of all aspects of Australian general practice training, as provided by (insert name of RTP) 
    • Start and completion date of the training with the RTP, including the Registrar Profile Report 
    • That the Australian general practice training meets the standards of the RACGP/ACRRM, which is accredited by the AMC for education and training, leading to FRACGP or FACRRM
  • Ireland: Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Training (CSCT) issued by the ICGP–accredited training program confirming completion of training

  • United Kingdom: Certificate of Prescribed Experience from the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training in General Practice or Certificate of Completion of Training from the GMC

  • United States: Postgraduate training certificate issued by the ACGME–accredited family medicine training program confirming completion of training

8. Pay the processing fee of $1,500 once all the requirements are met.

All applications are subject to review by the Board of Examinations and Certification of the CFPC, which will make final rulings on all questions of eligibility for certification.

For questions or further information, please contact [email protected]



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