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Part 2 of the MCCQE — Pandemic Exemption FAQs

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What does the MCCQE Part 2 Pandemic Exemption mean for residents?

In March 2021 CPSO Council approved a new registration policy permitting the Registration Committee to issue a certificate of registration authorizing independent practice to applicants who have not completed the MCCQE2 where:

  • The applicant was eligible to challenge the exam at the May 2020, October 2020, and/or February 2021 sittings;
  • The applicant is presently registered in Ontario or was registered at the time of the above sittings;
  • The applicant was within 24 months from completion of their postgraduate training at the time they were eligible to challenge the exam at the above sitting; and
  • The applicant otherwise meets the prescribed requirements for independent practice including the non-exemptible standards set out in the regulation.

All applications will require review and approval by the Registration Committee and interested applicants will need to use CPSO’s online application portal.

CPSO may also extend the policy to apply to future scheduled sittings of the MCCQE2 as may be required during the pandemic.

Am I eligible to apply under the new Council Policy “Requirement for Successful Completion of Part 2 of the MCCQE – Pandemic Exemption”

Examples:

  1. I am a graduating resident of an Ontario program who has not previously attempted the QE2.

    Yes – provided you have successfully completed your MCCQE 1 and were eligible to challenge MCCQE 2 at one of the postponed sittings as set out in the policy, you can submit your application now to initiate the application process.  As a reminder, you will be required to satisfy all other requirements for issuance of an independent practice certificate (including RCPSC/CFPC certification) and obtain approval by the College’s Registration Committee for the certificate to be issued.

  2. I currently hold the 2020 FYR “Provisional” certificate, hold certification by the RCPSC/CFPC with no previous attempts at the QE2

    Yes – provided you have successfully completed your MCCQE 1 and were eligible to challenge MCCQE 2 at one of the postponed sittings as set out in the policy, and satisfy all other requirements for issuance of an independent practice certificate (including RCPSC/CFPC certification), you are eligible for a certificate under the policy . Please contact Registration inquiries to discuss your situation via the Member Portal message centre. Alternatively, you may email [email protected], or call 416-967-2617 or 1-800-268-7096, ext. 617.

  3. I am currently a resident of an Ontario program and expect to complete training and challenge the RCPSC/CFPC certification examinations next year.

    Not yet – If you have completed your MCCQE 1 and were eligible to sit one of the postponed sittings of the MCCQE 2 as set out in the policy, you may meet the eligibility criteria.  However, the policy requires that you satisfy all other requirements for issuance of an independent practice certificate in order to be eligible which includes completion of accredited residency training and certification by examination by the RCPSC/CFPC for the exemption to be reviewed/approved by the Registration Committee.  In addition, if you have previously challenged the MCCQE2 exam, and were unsuccessful, your application requires review by the Registration Committee.  Please check back with us next year to discuss your application and all available options.

  4. I am currently a resident of an Ontario program and am sitting the Royal College certifying exam this year but require one more year of training in order to achieve certification.

    Not yet – If you have completed your MCCQE1 and were eligible to sit one of the postponed sittings of the MCCQE 2 as set out in the policy, you may meet the eligibility criteria.  However, the policy requires that you satisfy all other requirements for issuance of an independent practice certificate in order to be eligible which includes completion of accredited residency training and certification by examination by the RCPSC/CFPC for the exemption to be reviewed/approved by the Registration Committee.  In addition, if you have previously challenged the MCCQE 2 exam, and were unsuccessful, your application requires review by the Registration Committee.  Please check back with us next year to discuss your application and all available options.

  5. I currently hold a Restricted Certificate of Registration under the Exam Eligible Policy and have satisfied all other requirements for issuance of an independent practice certificate.

    Yes – You are eligible if:

    • you have completed your MCCQE 1,
    • you hold certification by examination by either the RCPSC/CFPC,
    • you were eligible to sit one of the postponed sittings of the MCCQE 2 as set out in the policy.
    • you are within 24 months of the completion of postgraduate training.
    • you had no previous unsuccessful attempts at the exam.
  6. I graduated 36 months ago from postgraduate training.

    No –The policy requires eligible candidates to be within 24 months of the completion of their postgraduate training.  We may have alternate routes/options available for your registration in Ontario.  Please contact Registration inquiries to discuss your situation via the Member Portal message centre. Alternatively, you may email [email protected], or call 416-967-2617 or 1-800-268-7096, ext. 617.

  7. I meet all other eligibility requirements but have previously attempted the MCCQE 2.

    Candidates who have previously challenged the MCCQE2 and were unsuccessful require review by the Registration Committee. We may have alternate routes/options available for your registration in Ontario, such as the Restricted Certificate of Registration for Exam Eligible Candidates policy.  Please contact Registration inquiries to discuss your situation via the Member Portal message centre. Alternatively, you may email [email protected], or call 416-967-2617 or 1-800-268-7096, ext. 617.