Additional specialist’s certificate

Specialist’s Certificate for a physician who already holds a “regular” permit to practice in Québec

To be issued a specialist’s certificate in one of the 60 specialties recognized in Québec, including family medicine, the holder of a valid permit to practice in the province must have successfully passed

  • the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) exam;
  • the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) exam for certification which may include one or more components, leading to certification in the specialty concerned.

In order to have their application processed for the addition of a specialty, the physician must complete the Application for an additional specialist’s certificate form available online, through the secured Web site of the Collège and by paying the applicable fees.

When a physician obtains a new specialist’s certificate in Québec, the Collège sends the information to the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) and the specialty is entered on the membership roll of the Order. 

The date of issuance of the new specialist’s certificate cannot be earlier that the date the Collège received the examination results from the Royal College or the CFPC, or the date of reception of your application form.

Notes — The notion of “primary” specialty no longer exists in Québec. Therefore, any request in this regard (or related to the specialty used for billing) must be addressed to the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) or to the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ), as the case may require.

Original documents and certified true copies will not be returned to the candidate.

Collège des médecins du Québec
Medical Education Division
Permit section
Office 3500
1250, René-Lévesque Boulevard West
Montreal (Quebec) 
H3B 0G2 

For information: or 514 933-4253

Last update: May 17, 2021