On July 1, 2019, the CPSA’s English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements will be updated to align with the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC) Model Standards of Registration.
Candidates registering for medical practice in Alberta must provide evidence of English language proficiency (ELP), unless exempt. Please review our detailed ELP requirements and exemptions below.
Current Testing Standard
Unless exempt, candidates are required to have completed IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic version within 24 months* before submitting their application to the College, and achieved a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the components in a single test.
*The CPSA must be able to verify the test results with the issuing organization.
A candidate is exempt from the English Language Proficiency Testing Standard if:
The candidate’s undergraduate medical education was in a Canadian university faculty of medicine where English is the language of instruction (excludes Universitè de Montreal, Universitè de Sherbrooke, Universitè Laval, and the University of Ottawa French programme), or
The candidate’s undergraduate medical education was in a country other than Canada where English is a first and native language (listed below), or
The candidate is currently in a postgraduate medical education program in a Canadian university faculty of medicine where English is the language of instruction, or in a country where English is a first and native language, AND was required to achieve the same English language proficiency testing standard as required by this College*, or
The candidate is currently in practice in Canada or a country where English is a first and native language, AND was required to achieve the same English language proficiency testing standard as required by this College*.
*Verification of results by the CPSA may be waived if the medical regulatory authority (MRA) in the jurisdiction where the candidate is currently in training or practice provides the following to the CPSA:
- confirmation that the applicant was required to show evidence of English language proficiency in order to enter training or practice in that jurisdiction,
- a description of the English language requirement including the necessary scores on any required English language test(s), and
- a copy of the candidate’s test results that were accepted at the time.
The candidate must request that the MRA provide this confirmation directly to the CPSA
Countries where English is a first and native language: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (Quebec and New Brunswick may be exceptions), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Trinidad and Tobago