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.

All other candidates must first register with Health Match BC for an initial assessment and should NOT submit an AMRC application until instructed to proceed.

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:

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 plus two years accredited and approved postgraduate training with a basic core of 44 weeks consisting of:

Rotations of eight weeks in:

  • general internal medicine
  • general surgery
  • obstetrics/gynecology
  • general pediatrics

Plus rotations of four weeks each in:

  • general psychiatry
  • emergency medicine (A&E)
  • family/general practice.


Medical Council of Canada (MCC) examinationMedical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE) will be waived with reciprocity for those candidates with MRCGP, MICGP, ABFM, FRACGP, or FACRRM.

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 who have not met these requirements will require a test of English proficiency. The College will accept the Academic IELTS English Proficiency examination. Physicians should have an Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7.

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.

Examinations

The Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) is the qualification given on the successful completion of the Medical Council Evaluating Exam (MCCEE), Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam – Part 1 (MCCQE-1) and Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam – Part 2 (MCCQE-2).

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia requires completion of the MCCEE before you can practise in British Columbia. This does not apply to US or Canadian medical school graduates or residents. As a condition of ongoing licensure, you may be required to complete the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exams, Parts 1 and 2 within three to five years after you start practising medicine in British Columbia.

Successful completion of the MCC examinations does not mean a physician will meet the licensing requirements of each provincial licensing body.

MCCEE

  • MCCEE is required prior to arrival in BC in most cases.
  • Applicants who are College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) eligible for Certification without Examination will be MCCEE exempt.

MCCQE-1 and MCCQE-2

  • MCCQE-1 and MCCQE-2 must be completed within three years of start of practice in BC.

The College 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)

Candidates who have trained outside of Canada and the United States — and have completed any of the above exams — may be eligible for a waiver to be exempted from having to write the MCC examinations. The CCFP designation may be granted without examination by the CFPC to physicians in approved jurisdictions:

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

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

 

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 specialities, five years of postgraduate training in an accredited /approved university school of medicine is required.

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 who have not met these requirements will require a Test of English as a Foreign Language. The College accepts the Academic IELTS English proficiency examination. Physicians should have an Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7 and is valid for a period of two years from the date taken and must be submitted with approval.

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.

Examinations

The Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) is the qualification given on the successful completion of the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE), Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam – Part 1 (MCCQE-1) and Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam – Part 2 (MCCQE-2).

Successful completion of the MCC examinations does not mean a physician will meet the licensing requirements of each provincial licensing body.

MCCEE

  • MCCEE is required prior to arrival in BC in most cases.

MCCQE-1 and MCCQE-2

  • MCCQE-1 and MCCQE-2 must be completed within five years of start of 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).

Candidates who have trained outside of Canada and the United States — and have completed any of the above exams — may be eligible for a waiver to be exempted from having to write the MCC examinations.

Routes to the Royal College (RCPSC) Certification

Applicants may be expected to apply to the RCPSC for access to the examinations in their specialty before licensure is approved by the College.

On a Positive Ruling, applicants have three years in which to sit the specialty examinations with the expectations that the examinations are done at the first opportunity. Applicants will choose their preferred route to certification within the first year of practice.

Routes to RCPSC Certification:

  1. Sit the examination in your specialty, or
  2. Pursue the Practice Eligibility Route (PER):
  • Two years supervised practice in BC.
  • Five years overall in specialty.
  • Summative assessment of competency satisfactory to the College's Registration Committee, if PER is unavailable in the specialty.

 

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