Credentials and Exams — eligibility
Are you eligible to write exams?
The Royal College oversees postgraduate medical education. A physician’s credentials must be assessed by the Royal College before he or she is eligible to write an exam to be certified as a specialist.
Physicians who practise in Canada follow various training pathways to become specialists. The Royal College has established a number of routes to certification for specialists and subspecialists.
- International medical graduates
- Medical educators and international medical graduates
- Quebec-certified doctors
- Diploma programs
- Policies and Procedures for Certification and Fellowship
- Provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities
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.