Certification Examination in Family Medicine

CFPC and MCC announce new examination structure for family medicine – as of 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) will modify the examination process for family medicine candidates. Upon review, the CFPC has determined that the Certification Examination in Family Medicine, featuring content from both organizations, has not resulted in the anticipated benefits for the Certification decision. For this reason, starting in 2016, the exams will be run as two separate examinations, as they were before 2013. The MCC respects this decision and will work with CFPC to create a transition that is as seamless as possible for candidates. For the joint announcement, please visit the following: mcc.ca/about/news/sept-9-2014

For information on how this will affect candidates, please review our candidate FAQ.

Current Certification Examination in Family Medicine structure

CFPC and the MCC are collaborating on an expanded format for the Certification Examination in family medicine.

Family medicine candidates who are eligible to take the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II in fall 2012 or later are encouraged to forgo the MCCQE Part II and instead take the new exam. It is advantageous for these candidates to defer sitting the MCCQE Part II in favour of the new CCFP exam given the efficiencies in cost and effort.

Format and timing

As in the past, the new Certification exam will be offered each year in the spring and fall. The exam will take place over a period of three days and will feature the following format:

  • Written component: computer-based short-answer management problems (SAMPs) – six hours in length (Thursday or Friday)
  • Expanded clinical skills component:
    • Eight 10-minute objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) stations (Saturday)
    • Four 15-minute simulated office oral exams (SOOs) (Sunday)

Examination at a glance

Please note: Candidates must register and apply for the exam through the CFPC website: cfpc.ca

Dates Fee Candidates Registration dates Examination centres*
Fall 2015
English French
Oct. 22 to 25
(clinical skills component
on both Oct. 24 and 25)
$4,845 Practice-eligible candidates Jan. 1 to April 1, 2015 Calgary
Family medicine residents May 1 to June 30, 2015

* Centres are subject to change

Key elements contributing to the exam fee:

  • Offer the exam as geographically close to the candidate as possible
  • Develop new content on a regular basis to reflect the changing health-care needs of Canadians
  • Include and keep up-to-date with technological advances in the administration of the exam
  • Cover costs associated with delivering the exam across Canada and with recruiting physician examiners and other exam centre staff


Please send your inquiries to service@mcc.ca

Related links
CFPC website