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.
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.
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.