Practice Readiness Assessments

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


Provincial Physician Assessment Program (PPAP)

The Provincial Physician Assessment Program (PPAP) 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  PPAP assessments are only available for College registrants. See more information on how to apply for CPSA registration.

Steps to a PPAP 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 PPAP assessment.
  3. Applicant receives an acknowledgement letter outlining the next steps in the PPAP 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 PPAP 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.

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.


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.