How to register: A 2-step process
Step 1: Register with the Royal College
If you’re a new candidate, complete the registration form. Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email with your Royal College ID number.
If you’re an existing candidate who has a Royal College ID number, please go to Step 2.
Step 2: Register with our Credentials Registration System
You will need to identify what certification route applies to you in order to register through our credentials system at https://booking.royalcollege.ca/. (Note: Please use Google Chrome as your browser. This link takes you to an external site, and the initial set up may take a few minutes. If you’re an existing candidate who has a Royal College ID number and has never logged into the system, you can click on “Reset your password” or “Forgot your ID” if necessary. Please read the instructions beforehand. As well, we have recently launched our credentials registration system. As it is a new system, minor errors may occur. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have questions or to resolve any issues. We thank you for your patience and understanding.)
Has your discipline transitioned to competency-based medical education? Check out our Competence by Design Launch Schedule.
Key application deadlines
April 30 of the year before you write the exam
August 31 of the year before you write the exam
Certification process overview
For residents who are completing training in a Canadian program or a U.S. program accredited by the ACGME and International Medical Graduates
- For all candidates, exam eligibility is granted for a five-year period following your assessment.
- If your training and/or practice meets the requirements and the eligibility criteria are met, you are eligible to take a Royal College exam. It may take from six to eight months to receive your letter of eligibility.
- Once your eligibility is confirmed, the next step is to register and pay for your exam.
- Exams take place in the spring and in the fall depending on your specialty or subspecialty.
PER / PRA candidates
If you are an international medical graduate who is already licensed and practising as a specialist in Canada or have practice experience outside of Canada, you can apply for an assessment by applying through our Practice Eligibility Route (PER).
For specialists who have been nominated for a Practice Ready Assessment (PRA) by their Medical Regulatory Authority, an application may be submitted to the Royal College for exam eligibility.
Each step in the process has specific deadlines and fees. Please visit the web sections listed below to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.
Policies for Certification
Policies and Procedures for Certification and Fellowship: a detailed policies and procedures manual that outlines the process leading to certification by the Royal College for time-based training programs and international medical graduates.
Policies for Certification in a Competence by Design Model of Residency Training: a detailed policies and procedures manual that outlines the process leading to certification by the Royal College for competency-based training programs.
Certification and Fellowship
After you pass your exam, you are eligible to become certified or recognized by the Royal College. Following your certification, you are invited to join the Royal College as a Fellow.
When you are a Fellow, you are joining a unique community of over 50,000 medical and surgical specialists and resident affiliates in Canada. Fellows are able to display the highly-recognized designations such as FRCPC or FRCSC as proof of their expertise, in addition to enjoying a myriad of other benefits such as continued professional development through the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program and access to awards, grants and volunteer opportunities.