Medical Council of Canada


Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II

The Medical Council of Canada’s Qualifying Examination Part II is a two-day clinical exam that assesses competence, knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for entry into independent clinical practice.

What is the MCCQE Part II?

The MCCQE Part II assesses the candidate’s core abilities to apply medical knowledge, demonstrate clinical skills, develop investigational and therapeutic clinical plans, as well as demonstrate professional behaviours and attitudes at a level expected of a physician in independent practice in Canada. Candidates must have successfully completed the MCCQE Part I and be completing their postgraduate medical education (currently there is a requirement for one year of postgraduate education).

The MCCQE Part I and II form two components of the Licentiate of the MCC (LMCC), which, in turn, is one of the prerequisites for licensure and entry into independent practice in Canada.

The MCCQE Part II is a two-day examination that consists of a series of clinical stations including pilot stations that do not count towards your total score.

The exam, based on the Blueprint, assesses your performance across two broad categories:

  • Dimensions of care, covering the spectrum of medical care
  • Physician activities, reflecting a physician’s scope of practice and behaviours

Each category has four domains, and each is assigned a specific content weighting on the exam:

You can take the MCCQE Part II in either English or French at a centre that offers the exam in that language.

Visit our Preparation resources page for resources to help you prepare for the MCCQE Part II.

How do I take the MCCQE Part II?

Applying to the MCCQE Part II is different than applying for other MCC exams. Because capacity is limited for each session, the process explained below will help us to provide access to as many candidates as possible. If you are interested in taking the MCCQE Part II, the following STEPS are required:

1. You must add your name to the pre-application list – The pre-application period will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (ET) on May 22, 2018.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you must add your name to the pre-application list through your physiciansapply.ca account at any time during the pre-application period, between April 24 and May 22, 2018.

Please note the following exceptions for the fall 2018 session:

  • If you will be completing your first 12 months of postgraduate clinical medical training after the date of the exam (October 27, 2018), you will not be able to take the exam this session as capacity needs to be allocated to candidates further along in their training/career. See Application and eligibility for more information.
  • If you are taking the spring 2018 MCCQE Part I or MCCQE Part II, you will have an opportunity to add your name to the pre-application list, if eligible, after you receive your spring exam results. We will send you a message through your physiciansapply.ca account with more details about this process after you receive your exam results.

Note: Adding your name to the pre-application list does not represent a completed application.

2. Wait to receive an invitation to apply; invitations will be sent starting May 25, 2018.

We will randomly select candidates from the pre-application list. The number of selected candidates will be based on available exam capacity. Monitor your physiciansapply.ca account on a regular basis for further updates. If you do not receive an invitation to apply for the fall 2018 session, you will need to wait to pre-apply to a future session.

3. Complete and pay for your application to the exam if you receive our invitation to apply.

If you are selected to apply, you will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account inviting you to apply before a specified deadline. After receiving this message, please complete and pay for your exam application through your physiciansapply.ca account. Your application is only complete once you have paid the exam fees and received a transaction confirmation message.

For an overview of the pre-application process, please see the infographic.

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Examination at a glance

Below is additional information on the upcoming MCCQE Part II session.

Fall 2018 MCCQE Part II
Dates: October 27 and 28
Examination centres* Application information Results
Calgary (E), Edmonton (E)

Pre-application period is now closed.

 Fee: $2,520

The pre-application period for eligible candidates to add their name to a list was open until 11:59 p.m., ET on May 22, 2018.

Spring 2018 exam candidates will have a separate period to add their name to a pre-application list following June result releases.

Spring session:

Results for the spring session will be available by the end of June.

Fall session:

Results for the fall session will be available in January 2019.

Victoria (E), Vancouver (E)
Winnipeg (E)
St. John’s (E)
Halifax (E)
Hamilton (E), Kingston (E), London (E), Ottawa (E), Sudbury (E), Toronto (E)
Montreal I (E), Montreal II (F), Quebec (F), Sherbrooke (F)
Saskatoon (E)

*The centres are subject to change.

The MCCQE Part II centres are not bilingual; each centre is designated as either English (E) or French (F). For information regarding centre assignment, please visit the Centre selection page.

Proposed future MCCQE Part II dates

Please find below additional information on the proposed future MCCQE Part II dates.

Sessions Exam dates Expected application opening timeframe
Spring 2019 May 4 and 5 Fall 2018

Will the MCCQE Part II change?

As of 2018 and 2019, we will be making changes to our examination program, impacting all examinations including the MCCQE Part II. For more information on these changes, please visit mccevolution.ca.