Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I

You must take and pass the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). Canadian medical regulatory authorities may require you to have the LMCC to apply for a medical licence within their province or territory. Visit our application and eligibility page for the full list of MCCQE Part I requirements.

What is the MCCQE Part I?

The MCCQE Part I is a one-day, computer-based test that assesses the competence of candidates who have obtained their medical degree, for entry into supervised clinical practice in postgraduate training programs. The MCCQE Part I assesses knowledge, clinical skills and attitudes as outlined by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Objectives.

You are allowed up to 3.5 hours in the morning session to complete 196 Multiple-Choice Questions. You are allowed up to 4 hours in the afternoon session for the Clinical Decision Making component, which consists of short-menu and short-answer write-in questions.

Examination at a glance

Dates Fee Application information Examination centres* Results
Fall 2017 $1,030
Application is now closed.

Eligibility requirements, see
Application and eligibility.

Main application deadline:
Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Final application deadline:
11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on
Sunday, July 23, 2017.

See Late applications.

Alta. Calgary, Edmonton Spring session:
Results will be available by the end of June.

Fall session:
Results will be available by the end of December.
Oct. 30 to Nov. 3
Nov. 6 to 9
Applications after 11:59, p.m., Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 12, 2017:

(includes a 50% late fee)
B.C. Prince George, Vancouver, Victoria
Man. Winnipeg
N.L. St. John’s
N.S. Halifax
Ont. Hamilton, Kingston, Mississauga, Ottawa, Toronto
Que. Montreal, Quebec
Sask. Saskatoon

*The centres are subject to change.

Clarification regarding examination centres, dates and language:

  • For information regarding date selection, visit Scheduling
  • The number of days a particular centre runs depends on the maximum daily space capacity and the demand for that centre
  • The number of days and specific dates a centre delivers the exam vary from centre to centre
  • The specific days a centre delivers the exam depend on a number of factors including availability of its computer labs and may not necessarily be consecutive days
  • You can take the examination in either English or French at any centre. However, staff and technical support may be limited to a specific language.
  • Support at the centres will be offered as follows:
    • In both official languages in the Ottawa and Montreal centres
    • Primarily in French in the Quebec and New Brunswick centres
    • Primarily in English in all other centres

Proposed future MCCQE Part I dates

Session Proposed dates Expected application opening timeframe
Spring 2018 April 16 to May 9 October 2017

Can I be notified when application opens to a future session? 

If you would like to be notified when application opens for a future session, submit your email address below. Please ensure that you enter the correct address.

Once you submit your email address, you will receive a welcome email, which is your confirmation that you have been added to the distribution list.

We will send you the application opening notification through your email account, and not through your account. Unfortunately, the MCC cannot guarantee that the email notification will reach your inbox.

As of 2018, there will be changes to the MCC’s examination program, impacting all examinations. For more information on these changes, please visit