Examinations required


This section describes the examinations required for the various types of applications submitted to the Collège.

Applicants must provide proof (through physiciansapply.ca or certified true copy) that they have successfully completed the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) examinations. Applicants can register with the MCC via their physiciansapply.ca account, under "Examinations" section.

  • Fellow
    MCCEE or MCCQE part I or USMLE/Step 2 CK if not a holder of a specialist’s certificate
  • Permit (regular) – Practice ready
    Certification examinations, LMCC, OQLF examination (or be exempted from this examination)
  • Recognition of equivalence of a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree
    MCCQE Part I and one of the following: NAC-OSCE or MCCQE Part II
  • Restrictive permit
    Selected professor: no examination
    Clinician: MCCEE or MCCQE part I or USMLE/Step 2 CK and OQLF examination (or be exempted)
    ARM: no examination
  • Conversion of a restrictive permit into a permit (regular) - comité d'admission à l'exercice (CAE)
    After renewal and less than 5 years: certification examinations
    After more than 5 years: no examinations 


Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination

Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I
Preparatory Examination

Prerequisite: at least 12 months of postgraduate training.
Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II

Successful completion of the Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and Part II is required to be enrolled as a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC).

No prior postgraduate training required.
National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Examination

IMPORTANT:  Please check the dates the MCC examination results will be made available. For the next steps, please consult the timelines on the following websites: 
- Medical Council of Canada, Examination / Overview 
- CaRMS, Match process,  Match timelines 

Note of the MCC: Starting in 2019, we will be delivering the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I in Canada and internationally in over 80 countries up to five times per year. Once the MCCQE Part I is offered internationally, all candidates will be challenging this examination directly, without first having to pass the MCCEE. As a result of this change, we will be phasing-out the MCCEE. For more information on these changes, please visit our news post.

USMLE/Step 2 CK 
United States Medical Licensing Examination/Step 2 Clinical knowledge


Family medicine
At present, family medicine certification examinations are harmonized (CFPC-MCC), but the examinations will be held separately as of January 2016.

College of Family Physicians of Canada – CFPC
Medical Council of Canada – MCC
American Board of Family Medicine – ABFM

Other specialties

Once a year, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada administers certification examinations to residents who have completed their postgraduate training and wish to be certified in their specialty.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada


Section 35 of the Charter of the French Language stipulates that the knowledge of French of members of a professional order must be appropriate to the practice of their profession. The OQLF administers an examination to medical graduates who are not exempted from this requirement. This also applies to McGill University graduates.

Exemption criteria*:

  • You have received, full time, no less than three years of secondary or post-secondary instruction provided in French; 
    (for example, a medical degree from a university whose language of instruction is French);
  • You have passed the fourth or fifth year secondary level examinations in French as the first language;
  • From and after the school year 1985-86, you have obtained a secondary school certificate in Québec. 

*Charter of the French Language, R.S.Q. c. C-11, s. 35.

If you are unable to provide proof or a secondary school certificate with respect to these exemption criteria, you will have to take the OQLF’s French examination.

New OQLF French examination format 

The Office québécois de la langue française’s new French examination was developed in close collaboration with the Collège to allow the reality of medical practice in Québec to be taken into account when assessing language proficiency.

The new examination has four parts. The first is a preparatory activity that involves reading and taking notes on a case study. The second is a group-based oral communication activity where the case is discussed. Active participation in the group discussion is required to be able to move on to the other parts of the examination. For the third part, each candidate is required to write a text on the case. The final part is an individual interview with the examiner on elements related to the case.

Since January 2018, new candidates who send the Office québécois de la langue française a registration form are invited to take the new examination in groups of four, six or eight.

These groups are made up of people who want to become members of the same professional order. Candidates who fail will have to retake the entire examination.

You will find a lot of information about the French examination on the OQLF website (information guide, FAQ, examination calendar).

To obtain a registration form, please call the Permits Section of the Collège at 514 933-4253.

Once you have completed and returned your form to the Collège, please make an appointment with the OQLF by calling 514 873-4734 or by sending an email to: oqlf_op@oqlf.gouv.qc.ca. Once the procedure has been completed, the OQLF will send us your examination result and it will be entered in your record.

The Ministry of Immigration/le ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI) regularly offers a French course adapted to internationally trained individuals who wish to practice a profession in the field of health. This course is offered to immigrants who have undertaken steps with a Medical Registration Authority in order to obtain a permit to practice medicine, but did not study in French. 

Free French Courses offered to immigrants
Field of health

For general information, please call 514-864-9191 or consult the following links.  
MIDI – Specialized French courses
MIDI – Learning French online

Last update: February 27, 2019