Licensing and Registration

Our physician services team can guide you through licensing and registration procedures in BC.

CPSBC Registration Update
 
Note: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) requires physicians who have completed medical education outside of Canada, and are seeking registration/licensure in BC, to submit copies of certain credentials to physiciansapply.ca for source verification. Your medical degree and passport must be verified as “Passed” before licensure by the College is approved.

The College has recently launched the use of the new Application for Medical Registration in Canada (AMRC); a centralized online portal through physiciansapply.ca for submitting an application for registration.

Candidates who may qualify for full registration and licensure may submit an application to CPSBC via the AMRC portal.

Please Note:  Applicants applying for Provisional licensure may wish to register with Health Match BC for an initial assessment.  Please do NOT submit an AMRC application until instructed by Health Match BC to proceed. Physicians who qualify for Full licensure may submit an AMRC application directly to the College via physiciansapply.ca.

Please monitor the CPSBC website for additional updates. 


Below is an overview of the latest requirements for family physicians or general practitioners, and specialist physicians:

Note: This information is subject to change & based on the requirements set by CPSBC. For the most up to date information, please contact Health Match BC.

Licensing and Registration for Family Practitioners

Provisional Licensure/Registration

International medical graduates (IMGs) who meet the postgraduate training requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (the College) may be eligible for a provisional licence to practise medicine in BC.

Applicants must:

  • have a medical degree, and
  • have successfully completed a minimum of two years of accredited postgraduate training in a foreign jurisdiction recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for the award of certification without examination, and
  • successfully completed Part I of the MCC Qualifying Examination

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirement

The College requires that physicians provide evidence of English proficiency. Results must be within the last two years. Physicians are considered to have met the English proficiency requirements if:

  1. the primary language of medical education was English, and

  2. the primary language of patient care was English.

Physicians will be required to complete a CPSBC questionnaire in order for the College to assess whether or not an applicant has demonstrated English language proficiency.

Effective July 1, 2018 only the International English Language Testing System - Academic Test (IELTS - Academic test) will be accepted by the College.

The IELTS – Academic test requires a minimum overall score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each component of the test. The IELTS – Academic score is valid for a period of two years from the date taken and must be submitted with the application.

Source Verification of Qualifications

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) maintains a website, physiciansapply.ca, as a centralized electronic repository of a physician’s core medical credentials and offers a national standardized approach to source verification of credentials. It is designed to gather, verify, and permanently store credentials in its centralized repository called the MCC Physician Credentials Repository (formerly known as the Physicians Credential Registry of Canada or PCRC).

The College requires physicians who have completed medical education outside of Canada, and are seeking registration/licensure in BC, to submit copies of certain credentials to physiciansapply.ca for source verification. Your Medical Degree and Passport must be verified as “Passed” before licensure by the College is approved.

The College utilizes the Application for Medical Registration in Canada (AMRC); a centralized online
portal through physiciansapply.ca for submitting an application for registration.

Candidates who may qualify for full registration and licensure may submit an application to the College via the AMRC portal.

Examinations

As of January 1st, 2019, the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) is the qualification given after the successful completion of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam – Part 1 (MCCQE-1) and Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam – Part 2 (MCCQE-2).

PLEASE NOTE: Successful completion of the MCC examinations does not mean a physician will meet the licensing requirements of the College.
 

MCCQE - Part 1

  • MCCQE – Part 1 must be completed prior to registration.


MCCQE - Part 2
  • MCCQE – Part 2 must be completed within five years of the start of medical practice in BC.



The College recognizes the following examinations in lieu of the LMCC:

  1. United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLEs) – Steps 1, 2, and 3

  2. Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX)

  3. National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

  4. Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX)

PLEASE NOTE:

  • If a physician has successfully completed licensing examinations in a non-Canadian jurisdiction acceptable to the registration committee, this MAY be considered toward exemption for the MCCQE-2
  • Successful completion of the MCC examinations does not mean a physician will meet the licensing requirements of the College..

Recognized Training and Certification Outside Canada

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) recognizes training from the following approved jurisdictions:

  • United Kingdom – MRCGP
  • Ireland – MICGP
  • Australia – FRACGP or FACRRM
  • United States – ABFM

The Certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) may be granted without examination for physicians trained in CFPC recognized jurisdictions.

PLEASE NOTE: Those who obtained one of the accepted designations through a practice eligible route are not eligible to apply for CCFP without examination.

Governing Bodies

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC or the College); Registration (Licensing) – The College is the licensing body and regulator for family/general practitioners in BC.
 
Medical Council of Canada (MCC) – The national organization responsible for establishing and promoting the Canadian licensing qualification known as the LMCC.
 
College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) – The national organization of physicians that provides CCFP certification in Family Medicine.
 

Licensing and Registration for Specialist Physicians

Provisional Licensure/Registration

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who meet the postgraduate training requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (the College) may be eligible for a provisional licence to practise medicine in BC. For most specialties, five years of postgraduate training in an accredited university school of medicine is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Applicants must:

  • have a medical degree, and

  • have completed postgraduate training and obtained certification in the specialty where such training meets the criteria of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and

  • have passed examinations acceptable to the Medical Council of Canada (MCC).

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirement

The College requires that physicians provide evidence of English proficiency. Results must be within the last two years. Physicians are considered to have met the English proficiency requirements if:

  1. the primary language of medical education was English, and

  2. the primary language of patient care was English.

Physicians will be required to complete a CPSBC questionnaire in order for the College to assess
whether or not an applicant has demonstrated English language proficiency.

The International English Language Testing System - Academic Test (IELTS - Academic test) is accepted by the College with a minimum overall score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each component of the test. The IELTS – Academic score is valid for a period of two years from the date taken

Source Verification of Qualifications

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) maintains a website, physiciansapply.ca, as a centralized electronic repository of a physician’s core medical credentials and offers a national standardized approach to source verification of credentials. It is designed to gather, verify, and permanently store credentials in its centralized repository called the MCC Physician Credentials Repository (formerly known as the Physicians Credential Registry of Canada or PCRC).

The College requires physicians who have completed medical education outside of Canada, and are seeking registration and licensure in BC, to submit copies of certain credentials to physiciansapply.ca for source verification. The College also utilizes physicianapply.ca for the Application for Medical Registration in Canada (AMRC).

PLEASE NOTE: These candidates must first register with Health Match BC for an initial assessment and should NOT submit an AMRC application until instructed to proceed.

Candidates who may qualify for full registration and licensure may submit an AMRC application directly to the College via physiciansapply.ca.

Examinations

As of January 1st, 2019, the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) is the qualification given after the successful completion of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam – Part 1 (MCCQE-1) and Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam – Part 2 (MCCQE-2).

PLEASE NOTE: Successful completion of the MCC examinations does not mean a physician will meet the licensing requirements of the College.

MCCQE - Part 1

  • MCCQE – Part 1 must be completed prior to registration.

MCCQE - Part 2
  • MCCQE – Part 2 must be completed within five years of the start of medical practice in BC.

The CPSBC recognizes the following examinations in lieu of the LMCC:

  1. National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).

  2. Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX).

  3. United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLEs) – Steps 1, 2, and 3.

  4. Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX).

Any of the above exams completed in their entirety will be recognized by the College also for candidates who have trained outside of Canada and the United States.

Routes to the Royal College (RCPSC) Certification

Applicants should apply to the RCPSC for a ruling of eligibility to access the RCPSC examinations in their primary specialty before licensure is approved by the College. On a positive ruling, they have five years in which to sit their primary specialty examinations with the expectation that examinations are done at the first available opportunity.

PLEASE NOTE: The RCPSC may require completion of specific Medical Council of Canada examinations in order to issue RCPSC ruling letters, and for RCPSC certification. More information is available at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada website: royalcollege.ca

 

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