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Examination schedule and registration deadlines

For specialty disciplines, certification exams take place in the spring (March/April, May-June) and for subspecialty disciplines, exams take place in the fall (September-October).

The registration deadline for spring (specialty) examinations is February 1 of the year in which the exam takes place. The registration deadline for fall (subspecialty) examinations is May 15 of the year in which the exam takes place. Learn more about registration deadlines and fees.

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If you miss a deadline

If you miss a deadline and are still eligible for the examination you wish to take, you will have to wait until the following year. We will send you a notice of registration via email. However it is your responsibility to adhere to the deadlines. If your eligibility has expired, you must apply for renewal of eligibility via the Credentials Unit at: The deadline to apply for renewal of eligibility for the Spring (specialty) examinations is July 20 of the year before you wish to take the examination. The deadline to apply for renewal of eligibility for the Fall (subspecialty) examinations is November 30 of the year before you wish to take the examination.

We need up-to-date contact information

The Royal College must have your correct mailing address, e-mail and telephone number(s) at all times. It is important that you notify the Royal College by e-mail at: or via fax transmission at: 613-730-3707 about any change to your contact information.

Please note the deadline dates indicated above, as we do not send individual reminders and there are no opportunities to register once the deadline has passed. We encourage you to visit our website frequently for up-to-date information.

Royal College Examination Fees are eligible for Tuition Tax Credit

Fees paid to the Royal College for examinations can be claimed as a non-refundable tuition tax credit. Credential application fees paid for assessments to determine eligibility to write the Royal College examinations are also included in the tax credit.

The new rules, which came into effect with the 2012 federal budget, allow a tax credit to be claimed for fees “paid to take an occupational, trade or professional examination that is required to obtain a professional status recognized by federal or provincial statute, or to be licensed or certified as a tradesperson, to allow the person to practice a profession or trade in Canada.”

Tax receipts are issued for the year the examination is written regardless of when the fee was actually paid.


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