Independent practice

Applicants who meet all of the requirements of the full class of registration may engage in independent, unsupervised medical practice within their scope anywhere in British Columbia.

Applying for full registration

Full registration permits a registrant to practise medicine within the scope of their education, qualifications and experience.

Pre-application

Physicians and surgeons should first determine whether they meet the College’s requirements for registration and licensure in the full class.

Applicants can refer to the following to determine if they meet College requirements:

Physicians and surgeons who do not meet the requirements for registration and licensure in the full class, but hold a full and unrestricted license in another Canadian jurisdiction, may be eligible for registration and licensure in the full class under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).

Application

Applicants who meet the requirements for registration and licensure in the full – family, full – specialty, or osteopathic class should complete an Application for Medical Registration (AMR) through physiciansapply.ca. This should be completed no more than three months prior to their intended start date in BC.

Applicants who meet the requirements for registration and licensure in the full – podiatry class should email registration@cpsbc.ca to request an application package directly from the College.

Requirement and eligibility

The College reviews all applications and assigns a file manager to an applicant. The file manager will email the applicant with the secondary application package.

Applicants must meet the following application requirements:

  • provide a certificate of professional conduct (CPC) from the regulatory or licensing authority in each jurisdiction where the applicant has held medical licensure or trained/practiced—this must be dated within 60 days from the intended start date of practice in BC
  • provide reference letters as per the College’s instruction
  • meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements

Fees

Full – family, full – specialty, osteopathy

The application fee for submission of the AMR through physiciansapply.ca is C$640, plus additional fees charged by the Medical Council of Canada.

Full – podiatry

The application fee for podiatric surgeons is C$640.

Annual licensure fees

All College registrants must renew their licence and pay a renewal fee each year at the end of February. The renewal fee is subject to change each year.

 

Types of full registration

More information on the requirements for full registration in family practice
More information on the requirements for full registration in specialty practice
More information on requirements for full registration in osteopathic practice
More information on requirements for full registration in podiatric practice

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