Examinations required


This section describes the examinations required for the various types of applications submitted to the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ).

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

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 verify the availability of the dates of the MCC examination results. 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 with oral and written parts 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. 

*Charte de la langue française, L.R.Q. c. C-11, art. 35.

If you cannot submit any of these exemption documents, you will have to sit for the French test held at the OQLF.

New OQLF French examination format 

The Office québécois de la langue française has started to introduce a new French examination. The Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) has actively collaborated in the development of the new format, which will allow language proficiency to be assessed in relation to contexts that more closely reflect the reality of medical practice.
The new examination consists of four activities. The first is a preparatory activity that involves reading information and taking notes about a case study that is specifically related to the candidate’s professional reality. 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 activities in the examination.

For the third activity, each candidate is required to write a text on the case. The final activity is an individual interview with the examiner on new elements related to the case. 
For the CMQ, the new examination was introduced on February 14, 2018 and the procedure is as follows:

Candidates who have already taken the examination but have not yet passed all four parts

If you have already taken the Office québécois de la langue française’s French examination but still have to pass one to three parts, you may continue taking the examination in its previous format for a six-month period from the date specified above. Examinations will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as they are now. 

You may also choose to take the French examination in its new format. In this case, the decision is final and irreversible. If you choose this option, you must send an email or the coupon attached to the letter that was sent to you recently to the Office québécois de la langue française, indicating your file number. 

Starting on August 14, 2018, the new French examination will be administered. The four parts of the examination must be successfully passed during the same session. Since the new examination forms an inseparable whole, a candidate cannot be exempted from one or more parts of the examination that were previously successfully passed.

We therefore ask you to reply as quickly as possible to the letter that you received from the Office québécois de la langue française to indicate which option you would like to choose and, where applicable, complete your examination process before the end of the transition period.

New candidates 

Starting in January 2018, new candidates who send the Office québécois de la langue française a registration form will be invited to take the new examination.

They will be invited in groups of four, six or eight according to a new calendar (there will be no examination on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the transition period). These groups will be made up of people who want to become members of the same professional order. Candidates who fail will have to retake the entire examination.

Please check the new examination dates in the  calendar and read the Office québécois de la langue française’s detailed guide to the French examination, available on the OQLF website.

In order to obtain the required application form to register for the test, you have to contact the Collège des médecins du Québec at the following number: 514 933-4253. The form must be sent back to the CMQ.

Then, to take an appointment for the test, you will have to contact the Office québécois de la langue française by calling 514 873-4734 or by forwarding an email to the following address: oqlf_op@oqlf.gouv.qc.ca. The OQLF will transmit the test result to the CMQ, and the CMQ will keep it in your file.

You will find a lot of information concerning the French examination and French courses second language (langue seconde) in the Web site of the Office québécois de la langue française.

The Ministry of Immigration/le ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion 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.  
Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI) – Specialized French courses
Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI) – Learning French online

Last update: September 6, 2018