To maintain and improve the quality of their practice, physicians are expected to continue acquiring knowledge and skills throughout their careers.
Alberta physicians must be enrolled in one of two approved CPD programs:
- MAINPRO+ (College of Family Physicians of Canada)
- Maintenance of Certification (MOC) (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)
Physicians are free to choose the professional development program that best meets their needs.
The College monitors enrolment and ensures physicians meet minimum credit requirements to maintain their Alberta practice permits.
New Rules for member participation
Under the Health Professions Act, College Council is required to approve rules for physician participation.
To underscore the importance of CPD, Council recently updated the CPD rules to eliminate all exemptions except for medical learners practising exclusively within a training program.
Read the new CPD Rules for Member Participation
Frequently asked questions
The CPD Rules for Member Participation approved by College Council after consultation with members and stakeholders mandate the enrolment of Alberta physicians in an approved CPD program.
Yes. Please email your Certificate of Completion from the program to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Do not send us transcripts of your credits.)
No. You can enrol in Mainpro+ as a non-member participant (NMMP). If you’ve never been a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 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.
Refer to the College of Family Physicians of Canada website, or call toll-free 1-800-387-6197 ext. 204.
Refer to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada website, or call toll-free 1-800-668-3740.