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 three days.

  • Written component: computer-based short-answer management problems (SAMPs), 6 hours in length (Thursday or Friday)
  • Clinical skills component:
    • Eight 10-minute objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) stations (Saturday); these stations are common to the MCCQE Part II and Certification exam candidates
    • Four 15-minute simulated office oral exams (SOOs) (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.

Repeat Requirements

Candidates must successfully complete both the written and the clinical skills components of the enhanced exam to be awarded their CCFP. If candidates are unsuccessful on both components of the enhanced exam they will be required to repeat the full exam on a subsequent attempt.

If candidates are unsuccessful on one of the two exam components, they may retake that component within one calendar year at approximately 50% of the full fee. If candidates are not successful on the retake of that component, they will be required to repeat the entire examination at full cost.

The opportunity to retake individual components of the exam only applies to repeat attempts to pass the enhanced Certification exam.

Failing to Meet the Standard for Certification

If a candidate is unsuccessful in meeting the standard for Certification, the MCC’s Central Examination Committee (CEC) will review the candidate’s performance on the clinical skills component of the enhanced Certification exam and make an independent decision whether or not to award the LMCC. The CEC will determine if the performance meets a pass standard comparable to that of the MCCQE Part II.

Questions?

Please send your inquiries to 2013CCFPexam@cfpc.ca.

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