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Impact of COVID-19 on Certification and Examinations

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.

Certification Examination in Family Medicine
  • Dates, fees, and deadlines

    Certification Examination in Family Medicine

    Spring 2020

    Exam dates

    Fee

    Eligible candidates

    Application dates

    Impact of COVID-19 on Certification and Examinations

    $3,270 CAD*
    Breakdown of Certification Examination in Family Medicine Costs 2020

    Residency-eligible candidates

    December 1, 2019 – February 1, 2020

    Practice-eligible candidates

    July 1 – October 1, 2019

    Fall 2020

    October 16 – 18

    $3,270 CAD*
    Breakdown of Certification Examination in Family Medicine Costs 2020

    Residency-eligible candidates

    May 1 – June 30, 2020

    Practice-eligible candidates

    January 1 – April 1, 2020

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

    Proposed future dates and fees

    Certification Examination in Family Medicine

     

    Spring 2021

     

    Exam dates

    Fee

    Eligible candidates

    Application dates

    April 14 – 18

    $3,350 CAD*

    Residency-eligible candidates

    December 1, 2020 – February 1, 2021

    Practice-eligible candidates

    July 1 – October 1, 2020

    Fall 2021

     

    October 15 – 17

    $3,350 CAD*

    Residency-eligible candidates

    May 1 – June 1, 2021

    Practice-eligible candidates

    January 1 – April 1, 2021

    *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

    Spring 2020

    Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Kingston, London, Saskatoon, Montreal (French and English), Quebec (French), Sherbrooke (French), St. John's, Victoria

    Fall 2020

    Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal (French)

    Site locations for the Certification Examination in Family Medicine

    The CFPC will do its best to ensure exam candidates are assigned to an exam site as close to their residence or residency school as possible. Factors influencing assigned sites include space limitations and examiner availability.

    Exam candidates will be notified of the exam location six weeks prior to the exam date and should not make any travel arrangements until they have received this confirmation.

    In assigning sites, the CFPC takes the needs of the candidates into consideration. Priorities include the following:

    • Candidates assigned an exam site at their home residency school, city of residency, or nearest location in an effort to minimize travel
    • Candidates allowed ample travel time
    • Exam sites and dates coordinated with the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II locations
    • Capacity for computer-based testing
    • Availability to respond to special accommodations
    • SOO site capacity, including physical location and schedule
    • Number of examiners
    • Date of application received, if space is limited
    • Individual request (if possible)

    The CFPC will accommodate candidates as best they can. Candidates who must travel to write the exam will be assigned to the nearest location.

    Note: Centres are subject to change.

  • 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.

  • Accommodation for special needs and impediments

    Candidates requiring special arrangements at the examination site should advise the CFPC Education Department at the time of examination application. Candidates are responsible for providing detailed documentation to permit the College to make suitable arrangements.

    View the CFPC Policy on Exam Accommodation for Special Needs and Impediments

    Find out how to Appeal your Certification Examination in Family Medicine results

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