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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.

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Assessment routes

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.


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.