Registration Assessments

We ensure physicians have the necessary skills & training to practise safely


Practice Readiness Assessment (PRA-AB)

The Practice Readiness Assessment program (PRA-AB) ensures physician applicants not meeting the full requirements of the General Register are ready for independent practice in Alberta. Assessments are only available to registrants of the College, and are composed of two parts that applicants must pass before receiving an Alberta medical practice permit:


IMPORTANT  PRA-AB is only available for College registrants. See more information on how to apply for CPSA registration.

Steps to a PRA-AB Assessment

  1. Apply for registration. The College’s Registration department will determine if a physician applicant meets the requirements of the General or Provisional Register.
  2. If an applicant does not meet the full requirements of the General Register, but meets the Provisional Register requirements, they must undergo a PRA-AB assessment.
  3. Applicant receives an acknowledgement letter outlining the next steps in the PRA-AB assessment process.
  4. Applicant returns a signed letter of understanding with their date of availability.
  5. Alberta Health Services (AHS) submits a sponsorship agreement and applicant practice profile.
  6. The College identifies an assessor & arranges the assessment – this may take some time to arrange.
  7. The College notifies applicants and AHS when assessment arrangements are made.

Alberta Health Services Sponsor Instructions

All PRA-AB assessments require Alberta Health Services (AHS) sponsorship. Here is how it works:

  1. Alberta Health Services (AHS) completes the Physician Sponsorship form.
  2. AHS reviews the Applicant’s Eligibility Letter.
  3. AHS forwards the completed form to the College’s Registration Department.
  4. For any sponsorship changes for a physician who is in independent practice, AHS must complete the Change to Physician Sponsorship Form and forward it to the College’s Registration Department.  If a physician is awaiting an assessment with the CPSA, or currently in an assessment, AHS must send a revised Sponsorship Form, not a Change to Sponsorship Form.

Note: Applicants may be responsible for their assessment fees and should review their employment and sponsorship contracts for details.



Return to practice

Return to practice assessments determine the need for refresher training or other supports to prepare physicians, previously registered in Alberta, for a safe return to practice after an absence of three or more years.

The College Registrar reviews the request and determines whether an assessment and additional training is required. The College arranges the necessary assessment and training. Physicians are responsible for the associated costs.


Apply for Return to Practice


Change in scope of practice

Change in scope of practice assessments ensure physicians who are already practising in Alberta have the training, experience and competence to safely add medical services to their practice. These may be services not previously provided, or services not provided regularly.

The College Registrar reviews the request and determines whether an assessment and additional training is required. The College arranges the necessary assessment and training. Physicians are responsible for the associated costs.

If you are currently registered with the College and have recently obtained certification from either the  Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), please do not complete a Change in Scope Application Form. Instead contact registration@cspa.ab.ca to let us know about your new credential(s). A Registration Administrator will respond with the next steps.


Apply for a Change in Scope of Practice


About our Assessors

We rely on qualified physician assessors from across the province to perform assessments. All CPSA assessors are respected clinicians who meet specific qualifications.