Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

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:

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

Physicians have a professional obligation to provide their patients with safe and competent care. Medical practice is continuously changing, and knowledge and skills must continue to grow to ensure career-long competency.

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.

All physicians are expected to participate. Where there are extenuating circumstances, exemptions or deferrals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to the CPD Rules for Member Participation, or contact to inquire.

No. You should report the credits you earn for CPD activities directly to the program in which you are enrolled:

Yes. Please email your Certificate of Completion from the program to (Do not send us transcripts of your credits.)

You must be in good standing with either the Mainpro+ or MOC program, which requires earning a minimum number of eligible credits within the timelines identified by the program.

Note: Credits earned must be reported directly to the program. Please do not submit this information to the CPSA.

Yes. Participation in CPD is mandatory and complementary to other Continuing Competence activities and programs. PAR has been replaced by Practice Checkup, Individual Practice Review and Group Practice Review, which offer physicians practice-specific data to help inform their CPD.

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.


Bruce Leisen, Director
780-969-4919 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4919 (in Canada)