Alternative to the MCCQE 2 Examination


Policy Category: Registration
Under Review: No
Approved by Council: February 2008
Reviewed and Updated: September 2015
College Contact: Registration Inquiries

Downloadable Version(s): Alternative to the MCCQE 2 Examination


This policy sets out the criteria under which an applicant for a certificate of registration may apply to the College to undergo a practice assessment as an alternative to the requirement of completing Part 2 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE).

An applicant may apply to the College for a practice assessment, if the applicant has:

  1. Five or more years of independent practice experience;
  2. Certification by examination from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada; or recognized as a specialist by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  3. MCCQE Part 1, or an acceptable alternative;
  4. One year of successful practice in Ontario under supervision, demonstrated by the supervisor’s reports to the College.

The Registration Committee considers each case individually. The Committee will consider the nature and scope of practice as well as the applicant’s attempts at writing MCCQE Part 2 when considering each application. The Committee expects that applicants will have attempted the MCCQE Part 2 before applying for a practice assessment under this policy.

Candidates who fulfil the aforementioned criteria may be permitted to undergo a practice assessment by the College. The Registration Committee will consider the practice assessment report and if the Committee finds the assessment report satisfactory, it will direct the Registrar to:

  • Issue the candidate a restricted certificate of registration authorizing independent practice, limited to their specialty or scope of practice.

The applicant must pay all cost associated with the assessment.