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Family Medicine Examination Update: 2021 SAMP exam (September 29, 2021)

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The Certification Examination in Family Medicine is open to members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) who have either successfully completed an approved residency training program in family medicine or successfully completed a combination of training and practice experience as outlined in the eligibility guidelines.

International physicians can visit the Medical Council of Canada's website to learn how to qualify for practice in Canada.

International medical graduates are encouraged to visit WorkinginCanada.gc.ca for province- and territory-specific information.

Members who successfully complete both an approved training program and the Certification Examination in Family Medicine will be awarded Certification in Family Medicine and will be able to use the designation, Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP). Members with the CCFP Special Designation will be responsible for maintaining these credentials by maintaining valid membership and participating in the College’s Maintenance of Certification Program (Mainpro+®).

Eligible to sit the Certification Examination in Family Medicine?

Examination format

Candidates will be tested over a period of two days, as follows:

  • Written component—computer-based short-answer management problems (SAMPs), four hours in length (Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday)
  • Oral component—five, 15-minute simulated office oral exams (SOOs) (Saturday or Sunday)

Preparing for the Certification Examination in Family Medicine: provides both residency-eligible and practice-eligible physicians with information and resources as they prepare to take the exam.

Exam information

The CFPC conducts the Certification Examination in Family Medicine twice a year, in the spring and fall, in multiple centres across Canada, in both official languages.

Find out more about the recent exam administration.

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Certification Examination in Family Medicine
  • Dates, Fees and Deadlines

    Certification Examination in Family Medicine

    Spring 2022

    Exam dates:

    SAMPs
    April 19–21

    SOOs
    April 23–24 & April 30–May 1
    Exam fee: $3,270 CAD*

    Application dates / deadlines

    Eligible candidates

    July 1 – October 1, 2021 Practice-eligible: First time applicants
    December 1, 2021 – February 1, 2022 Residency-eligible: First time applicants

    Residency-eligible: Repeat applicants

    Practice-eligible:  Repeat applicants

    Fall 2022

    Exam dates:

    SAMPs

    October 12–13

    SOOs
    October 15–16
    Exam fee: $3,270 CAD*
    Application dates / deadlines Eligible candidates
    January 1 – April 1, 2022 Practice-eligible: First time applicants
    May 1 – June 30, 2022 Residency-eligible: First time applicants

    Residency-eligible: Repeat applicants

    Practice-eligible: Repeat applicants

    *A tuition tax credit is available to each candidate that attempts the examination.

    Proposed future dates and fees

    Certification Examination in Family Medicine

    Spring 2023

    Exam dates:

    SAMPs

    TBA

    SOOs
    TBA
    Exam fee: $3,335 CAD*

    Application dates / deadlines

    Eligible candidates

    July 1 – October 1, 2022 Practice-eligible: First time applicants
    December 1, 2022 – February 1, 2023 Residency-eligible: First time applicants

    Residency-eligible: Repeat applicants

    Practice-eligible: Repeat applicants

    Fall 2023

    Exam dates:

    SAMPs

    TBA

    SOOs
    TBA
    Exam fee: $3,335 CAD*
    Application dates / deadlines Eligible candidates
    January 1 – April 1, 2023 Practice-eligible: First time applicants
    May 1 – June 30, 2023 Residency-eligible: First time applicants

    Residency-eligible: Repeat applicants

    Practice-eligible: Repeat applicants

    *A tuition tax credit is available to each candidate that attempts the examination.

    Please note dates are subject to change.

    Fees are approved by the Board of Directors in the fall of the previous year.

  • Exam centres

    TBA.

  • Test Accommodation

    The College of Family Physicians (CFPC) is committed to providing all examination candidates an equitable opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the examination setting.  The aim of this policy is to remove barriers to testing, based on protected characteristics under applicable human rights legislation. This policy applies to candidates wishing to sit the Certification Examination in Family Medicine (CCFP) or the Examination of Added Competence in Emergency Medicine (EM).

    All requests for a test accommodation must be made at the time of application for the examination. This allows the CFPC staff to identify and allocate the required, but potentially limited, resources as equitably as possible, and to assign candidates to appropriate examination locations equipped to meet stated needs.

  • Requests to resit the exam

    For repeat candidates who are still eligible, the deadline date to register to resit the family medicine examination is February 1st for the spring exam, June 30th for the fall exam, or June 15th for the emergency medicine examination. Eligible candidates who wish to sit the next available examination must register via the online application. As a decision may not be made until after the deadline date, candidates are encouraged to register for the next exam while their appeal is being considered.

  • Cancellation policy

    Due to the significant expenses generated in the eight weeks prior to the exam, examination fee refunds will depend on the date of receipt of a written, signed withdrawal/refund request:

    • Candidates who withdraw from the examination 60 days before the examination will be subject to a penalty of $500
    • Candidates who withdraw within 30 to 60 days of the examination will be subject to a penalty of one half of the examination fee
    • Candidates who withdraw 30 days or less before the examination will not receive a refund

    Candidates must withdraw and reapply should they wish to take the examination at a later date. Fees paid for a previous attempt are not transferable to a later session.

  • Appeal Policy and Procedure

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