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Credentials and Examinations - Get Started

Credentials and routes to certification

Credentialing is the process of verifying that a physician has met all the requirements necessary for Royal College certification. To become eligible for the next stage of assessment - examination - physicians must meet an array of credentialing requirements set by the Credentials Committee and a designated specialty committee of the Royal College.

The Royal College has established multiple routes to certification to accommodate the various training pathways that physicians may follow, including those of international medical graduates.

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Application Forms:

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Examinations - Canada's gateway to certified specialty practice

Once a year, the Royal College examines candidates who have completed their postgraduate training and wish to be certified in their area of specialty by the Royal College. Most candidates take their certification examination in the final year of their postgraduate training program. However, those who have not completed a residency training program in Canada may use an alternate route to certification.

Candidates may sit Royal College examinations only after their postgraduate training has been assessed by the Royal College. This ensures that a candidate has met specialty-specific training requirements in a program that we have recognized and approved.

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