Overview of the Credentials Unit

Often the first point of contact for future Fellows of the Royal College, the Credentials Unit administers assessments of training for all applicants applying for eligibility to the Royal College certification examinations. The unit divides its assessments into residents trained in accredited Canadian programs, US-trained applicants and IMGs, with the bulk of assessments being for Canadian residents via the traditional route to certification. The Credentials Unit also provides trainees in AFC (diploma) programs with one point of contact from start to finish for assessment of competencies via the summative portfolio.

Working closely with the Associate Director, Internationally Educated Health Professionals, the Credentials Unit administers alternate assessment routes to certification for eligible IMGs. Alternative assessment routes consist of the Practice Ready Assessment (PRA), the Individual Competency Assessment and, two new routes to certification which focus more on competencies obtained in practice, the Practice Eligibility Route for Specialists (PER) and the Practice Eligibility Route for Subspecialists (PER-sub).

The Credentials Unit also coordinates and manages the activities of the Credentials Committee, a subcommittee of the Education Committee responsible for building and regulating credentialing policies and procedures and for deliberating individual cases that are outside the scope of current credentials policy or present with legal issues that need committee input.

The Credentials Unit works closely with the Examination Administration Unit to process applicants who are deemed eligible to take the certification examinations, as well as with the Specialties Unit to ensure all evaluation and specialty documents remain updated and relevant, and to liaise with particular specialty committees on credentialing issues.