Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

CPD includes the ongoing acquisition of new knowledge, skills and attitudes to maintain and improve competency. To maintain an Alberta medical practice permit, Alberta physicians must be enrolled in either:

  • College of Family Physicians of Canada’s MAINPRO program, or
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s MOC program

Physicians are free to choose the professional development program that best meets their needs.

Membership with the College of Family Physicians of Canada is not required to participate in MAINPRO. Physicians who have never been members of the Royal College may enrol in the MOC program as non-members; however, it is our understanding that former Fellows must reinstate membership with the Royal College to join its MOC program.

Rules for member participation

Under the Health Professions Act, College Council is required to approve rules for physician participation. The CPD Rules for Member Participation were updated and approved in December 2015, after formal consultation with the profession.

Frequently asked questions

  • No. Credits earned for CPD activities must be reported directly to the program in which you are enrolled.
  • Yes. Please send us your Certificate of Completion from the program. DO NOT send transcripts of your credits.
  • All physicians are expected to participate. Where there are extenuating circumstances, exemptions or deferrals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the College for more information or refer to the CPD Rules for Member Participation.
  • The two approved programs are MAINPRO (College of Family Physicians) and MOC (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons) (see below).You must be in good standing in either of these programs, which includes submission of minimum numbers of eligible credits in accordance with the timelines required by the program. Note: credits earned must be reported directly to the program. Please DO NOT submit this information to the CPSA.
  • Yes. Participation in both the PAR Program and the MAINPRO or MOC program is required, as they have different goals. Please refer to our CPD Standard of Practice.
  • No. For MAINPRO (the CFPC program), you can enrol as a non-member MAINPRO participant (NMMP). If you’ve never been a member of the Royal College, you can enrol in the MOC program as a “Health Care Professional.” If you were formerly a Fellow of the Royal College, you must rejoin the Royal College to participate in that program.


Bruce Leisen, Director
780-969-4919 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4919 (in Canada)