Over the past year the COVID-19 pandemic forced significant changes to the delivery of the Certification Examination in Family Medicine. On behalf of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) we want to thank everyone involved with our examinations for your patience and understanding. We recognize that already difficult situations are made more stressful when exam pressure is combined with pandemic uncertainty.
Please note the following decisions regarding the Certification Examination in Family Medicine for the year 2021:that the Simulated Office Oral (SOO) component of both the 2021 spring and fall certification exams is cancelled for all other than those impacted by the requirement outlined below.
- For candidates writing the Certification exam in Family Medicine for the first time in 2021, the Simulated Office Oral (SOO) component is cancelled and certification decisions will be based on successfully passing the Short Answer Management Problem (SAMP) component only. (This is the same as 2020.)
- For candidates who currently have a Fail-standing from a previous SAMP component, or who receive a Fail-standing from the October 2020 administration when the results are released in December 2020, the CFPC will only require the SAMP component of the exam to be re-taken in 2021, and if successful then certification will be awarded. This is updated information from what was previously communicated.
- For those who currently have a Fail-standing on the SOO component of the exam and need to repeat it to achieve certification, we will be offering a special virtual administration of the SOO component in the fall of 2021. We will share further details shortly regarding this special administration that only applies to this select group.
Further details on all the changes taking place to the certification exam will be shared in the new year.
For up to date information on Prometric test center status, please refer to the following links
Site Closures List: provides a list of all closed test centers, including last-minute closures (closing early or entirely) due to unforeseen events. We follow our normal displacement process for any impacted candidates.
Site Status List: reflects the operational standing of each test center following COVID-related closures. This list is updated as needed to reflect any changes in status, including program eligibility and occupancy status.
The following links offer additional information:
Spring 2021 Certification Examination in Family Medicine update related to COVID-19 restrictions (April 9, 2021)
Information concerning the 2021 Examination (March 8, 2021)
Virtual SOO 2021 (February 2, 2021)
Important Changes to the 2021 Certification Examination in Family Medicine (November 24, 2020)
Open letter to CFPC examination candidates and stakeholders (October 22, 2020)
CCFP fall 2020 exam update (October 1, 2020)
2020 Examination of Added Competence in Emergency Medicine - Eligibility Update (July 30, 2020)
Announcement regarding remote proctoring for CFPC exams (May 14, 2020)
Update regarding exam eligibility (May 4, 2020)
Update regarding exam dates (April 21, 2020)
CAC: Completion of training decisions and eligibility for certification during 2020 COVID-19 pandemic
CFPC update re: simulated office oral components of exams (April 15, 2020)
CFPC update for family medicine residents (March 25, 2020)
CCFP exam update (March 19, 2020)
CFPC Guide: Completion of Training Decisions and Eligibility for Certification During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic
FMRAC update (March 27, 2020): 2020 graduating cohort – Requirements for full licensure
FMRAC update (March 24, 2020): Licensing the 2020 graduating cohorts
Federation of Medical Regulatory Associations of Canada (FMRAC)
Information and Resources
For questions related to the Certification Examination in Family Medicine exam please contact [email protected].