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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.

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Certification Examination in Family Medicine
  • Dates, Fees and Deadlines

    Certification Examination in Family Medicine

    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

    April 11–13

    SOOs
    April 22–23 & April 29–30
    Exam fee: $3,520 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

    October 10–11

    SOOs
    October 14–15
    Exam fee: $3,520 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 Scheduling

    Short-answer management problems (SAMPs) 

    In-person seats and virtual spots are offered through Prometric, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)’s written examination delivery provider:

    • Approximately four to six weeks prior to the written examination, each registered candidate will receive an e-mail from the CFPC with information on when and how to select an in-person seat or virtual spot. The CFPC will use the e-mail address on file. 
    • When the Prometric portal opens as indicated in the aforementioned e-mail, in-person seats and virtual spots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. 
    • Within 24 hours of scheduling your examination through Prometric, candidates will receive a confirmation e-mail. Remember to check your spam folder if needed. 
    • Candidates must make sure their name on the confirmation e-mail matches their government-issued ID. Failure to do so may result in candidates being turned away from the examination. 

    Candidates may refer to the FAQs about Remotely Proctored Exams for additional information regarding the virtual testing option.

    Simulated office orals (SOOs

    The SOO component will be administered virtually through Fry-IT, the CFPC’s oral examination delivery provider:

    • Approximately four to six weeks prior to the oral examination, each registered candidate will receive an e-mail from the CFPC with their assigned date. The CFPC will use the e-mail address on file. Remember to check your spam folder if needed. 
    • About two weeks prior to the examination, each candidate will receive an invitation e-mail from Fry-IT. This email will invite candidates to log into the examination system (Practique) and complete some system checks on their intended device (a desktop or laptop computer is recommended) in the location they intend to sit the SOO to ensure they have adequate connectivity and access to the Practique system. 
    • Five days prior to the examination, each registered candidate will receive an e-mail from the CFPC with their login credentials and start time. 
    • As an added safety measure, candidate should perform another system check on their intended device in the location they intend to sit the SOO no less than five days prior to the examination. 

    Candidates need to make sure their name on the confirmation e-mail matches their government-issued ID. Failure to do so may result in candidates being turned away from the examination.

    Candidates may refer to the FAQs about Virtual Simulated Office Oral Examinations for additional information regarding the SOO.

  • 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.

  • Conflict of Interest Guidelines for the SOOs

    A candidate-examiner relationship may occasionally constitute a conflict of interest. Examples of conflict of interest are:
    • being related to each other, including being a spouse
    • being a close friend
    • having a financial or business relationship with each other
    • having an ongoing learner-supervisor relationship where a pass/fail decision is involved
    Simply knowing each other, personally or professionally, or having had occasional learner-supervisor encounters, is not considered a conflict of interest.

    The family medicine SOO candidate/examiner schedules are designed to avoid candidates being assessed by examiners from the same education institution. We ask examiners to identify their educational affiliations to aid in this planning. We also ask examiners to declare all conflicts of interest (i.e., a close personal or professional relationship) with the candidates they are scheduled to see.

    During the Exam

    For examiners:
    If you enter an examination SOO station where you know the candidate, carry on with your examination.  

    For candidates:
    If you enter a station and feel a conflict exists (refer to definition above), please inform the examiner. The examiner will notify the administrators, who will help you take this station with another examiner after completing other SOO stations. Stay in the current station and do not interact with the examiner.

    After the Exam
    Please notify the College of Family Physicians of Canada™ (CFPC) of any conflict of interest that may have occurred during your examination by sending an email to [email protected] as soon as possible after your exam.
  • 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

    A refund for a portion of the examination fee will depend on the date of receipt of a written, signed withdrawal/refund request.
    • Candidates who withdraw from the examination more than 60 days prior to the date of the examination will be subject to a penalty of $500.
    • Candidates who withdraw within 30 to 60 days prior to the date of the examination will be subject to a penalty of one-half (50%) of the examination fee.
    • There is no refund for candidates who withdraw within 30 days of the examination.
    Candidates must withdraw and re-apply should they wish to take the examination at a later date. Fees paid for a previous attempt are not transferable to a later session. Please send your cancellation request to [email protected].
     
  • Appeal Policy and Procedure

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