Apply for Independent Practice

Applications for independent practice registration must be submitted through physiciansapply.ca. Please read ALL the steps below before going to physiciansapply.ca to start the application process.


STEP 1

Carefully review the Eligibility Requirements for Independent Practice. 

Also, consult one of the following to determine if you satisfy the basic criteria for eligibility to apply to Alberta:

 Family Medicine Practice flow diagram, or

Specialty Practice flow diagram


STEP 2

Complete any eligibility requirements you do not currently satisfy.
We recommend you do not start the application process:

Are you a postgraduate trainee?

This application process is for independent practice registration only! To apply for postgraduate training registration go to: Apply for Postgraduate Training in Alberta. You may use your physiciansapply.ca account for document verification or to apply for Medical Council of Canada exams, but not to apply for registration as a postgraduate trainee.


Fees you can expect

When applying for independent practice registration in Alberta, the following fees, with applicable taxes, may be required. These fees are accurate as of May 2016 and may change without notice.

– Establishing an account with MCC:  $278
– Sitting the MCC evaluating Exam:  $1,737
– Sitting the IELTS exam:  $300
– Submitting a Review of Qualifications:  $195 to MCC  |  $200 to CPSA
– Verifying credentials:  $157 per document to MCC
– Registering in Alberta upon successful application:  $800 to CPSA
– Practice Permit fee:  $1,960 to CPSA

  • If you do not have evidence of English language proficiency. Achieve the required IELTS or TOEFL scores first.
  • If you are an International Medical Graduate or Osteopath and have not passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE). Pass this exam first unless you are being recruited to an academic appointment at an Alberta University Faculty of Medicine. Apply for the MCCEE through your physiciansapply.ca account (see Step 3).
  • If your postgraduate training does not meet our requirements. Successfully complete the required training first (must be in a formal, accredited training program).
  • If you have been out of practice or formal postgraduate training in the discipline of medicine in which you intend to practice in Alberta for more than three years. Wait until you have returned to practice or formal postgraduate training for at least 12 months.

STEP 3

Set up an account with physiciansapply.ca to:

  • Apply for Medical Council of Canada (MCC) examinations
  • View your MCC and National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) examination results
  • Submit your medical credentials and documents for source verification (required for training completed outside Canada)
  • Have your medical credentials translated if issued in a language other than English
  • Share your medical credentials and exam results with medical regulatory authorities and organizations, with your consent
  • Submit a Review of Qualifications for Alberta

FAQs about physiciansapply.ca

physiciansapply.ca standardizes and streamlines the application process for medical registration in Canada.

  • Every Canadian medical regulatory authority requires all new candidates for independent practice registration to have a physiciansapply.ca account. This includes Canadian medical residents, practising physicians relocating within Canada, and candidates from outside the country.
  • Your core medical credentials and Medical Council of Canada (MCC) exam results will be permanently stored in physiciansapply.ca.
  • If you obtained any of your medical credentials outside Canada, you will need to request source verification of those credentials through physiciansapply.ca.

Yes. The next time you attempt to log in to your MCC or PCRC account, you will be re-directed to physiciansapply.ca. All of your MCC and PCRC data has already been migrated to physiciansapply.ca and will be available through your new account.

You can:

  • Apply for medical registration to an increasing number of medical regulatory authorities
  • Submit requests to have your credentials verified
  • Share medical credentials stored in the Medical Council of Canada Physician Credentials Repository (PCRC)
  • Apply for Medical Council of Canada (MCC) exams
  • View your MCC exam results

physiciansapply.ca is more efficient and will save you time.

  • physiciansapply.ca replaces the previous MCC-Online (exam) and PCRC-Online (repository) systems. Everything is now stored in one centralized system.
  • Electronic forms will pre-populate with the information stored in your physiciansapply.ca account.
  • With your consent, regulatory authorities and other medical organizations will be able to view your credentials and exam results through the portal.
  • Applying to multiple jurisdictions will be easier. Most jurisdictions ask candidates many of the same questions. You will only have to answer common questions once if applying to more than one jurisdiction through physiciansapply.ca. (You will also have to answer questions that are unique to each jurisdiction. Your answers to these questions will only be seen by the applicable jurisdiction.)
  • In the near future, a new translation service will be offered for credentials and documents issued in a language other than English.

Yes. We only accept applications for independent practice registration through physiciansapply.ca. Please read these steps before going to physiciansapply.ca to start the application process.

It is important to understand the CPSA will continue to review applications and issue practice permits for Alberta only, based on our registration criteria. There is no national practice permit, and no guarantee a practice permit will be issued.

No, we will only see your application to Alberta. We will not see your answers to the unique questions asked by other authorities, nor will we know if you are simultaneously submitting applications elsewhere.

Effective April 1, 2016, the Medical Council of Canada will charge all candidates using phyisicansapply.ca a fee of $195 per submission. This will allow the MCC to continue to make improvements to the application process, and to maintain the Application for Medical Registration (AMR) beyond the initial regulatory authority onboarding period.

STEP 4

After we receive your Review of Qualifications from physiciansapply.ca, we will assess if you are eligible to move forward in the application process. We charge a $200 Cdn non-refundable fee for this assessment, payable when you submit the Review of Qualifications. Therefore, please ensure you meet ALL the requirements in Step 2 before you submit. (Note: This fee is in addition to any fees charged for your physiciansapply.ca account.)

We will notify you of the results of your Review of Qualifications by email:

  • If you are not eligible, we will explain why.
  • If you are eligible, we will advise for which register (Provisional Register Conditional Practice OR General Register). We will also provide detailed instructions on how to proceed, including when you will have access to the complete application.

STEP 5

If we determine you are eligible for the General Register:

  • Carefully follow the instructions outlined in the Review of Qualifications results email.
  • This email will include information about the supporting documentation, assessments, fees and important timelines, etc. required to complete your application.
  • Please ensure all required documentation is submitted and made available to the College through physiciansapply.ca.

If we determine you are eligible for the Provisional Register Conditional Practice:

  • Follow the advice we sent you in the Review of Qualifications results letter.
  • Go to doctorjobsalberta.com or apljobs.ca to apply for a physician posting that is eligible for Alberta Health Services (AHS) sponsorship. You must have a Review of Qualifications results letter from the CPSA.
  • If we do not receive a sponsorship form from AHS on your behalf within six months, your file will be closed and you will not be granted access to the application for registration process with the CPSA.

STEP 6

After your application file is complete, with all medical credentials and supporting documents submitted and verified (as applicable), the College will analyze your application and notify you whether or not you qualify for registration in Alberta. If you do, you will be provided with further instructions and details regarding completion of:

  • an assessment, if required,
  • final registration documents,
  • registration appointment (in person or online, at the discretion of the Registrar), and
  • payment of applicable fees and taxes.

STEP 7

If you qualify for registration, the College will issue you a practice permit and you will be entitled to practise medicine in Alberta.


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