Certification Examination in Family Medicine

The Certification Examination in Family Medicine is open to College members who have either successfully completed an approved residency training program in family medicine or successfully completed a combination of training and practice experience as outlined in the eligibility guidelines 

Residents, find out if you are eligible to sit the examination.

Practicing Physicians, find out if you are eligible to sit the examination.

International physicians looking for information on how to qualify for practice in Canada should visit the Medical Council of Canada's website. International medical graduates are also encouraged to visit WorkinginCanada.gc.ca for province and territory-specific information. Learn more about recognition of training and certification obtained in international jurisdictions or our Alternative Routes to Certification.

Upon successful completion of both an approved training program and the Certification Examination in Family Medicine, you will be awarded Certification in Family Medicine and will be able to use the designation CCFP (Certification in The College of Family Physicians).  You will then be responsible for maintaining these credentials through your ongoing membership in the CFPC and your participation in the College’s Maintenance of Certification Program (MAINPRO®).

The examination is conducted twice a year – in the spring and in the fall - in multiple centres across Canada, in both official languages. Visit Exam Information for general information about deadline dates, fees and examination centres. 

Candidates will be involved in testing over a period of two days.

  • Written component: computer-based short-answer management problems (SAMPs), 6 hours in length (Thursday or Friday)
  • Oral component:
    • Five 15-minute simulated office oral exams (SOOs) (Saturday or Sunday)

Preparing for the Exam provides both residency-eligible and practice-eligible physicians with useful information and resources as they get ready to take the examination.


Please send your inquiries to CCFPexam@cfpc.ca.

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