Clinician Assessment for Practice Program (CAPP)



CAPP is a program of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (College). It is intended for International Medical Graduate (IMG) physicians who believe they are practice-ready, without any additional formal residency training in Canada.

2015 CAPP Registration

CAPP will not be accepting new candidates to the program at this time. This is due to the increase in the number of candidates and the limited number of available CAPP supervisors for 2015.


Looking to have your credentials reviewed for 2016 or subsequent iterations?


Please note that CAPP will be introducing changes to its program (Part B) in 2016.


CAPP consists of three components:

Part A - assesses the clinical competence of candidates for readiness to practise through two examinations: a Therapeutics Examination and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). All candidates must participate in this stage.

Part B - is an eight-month period of assessment and supervision for IMG physicians who pass Part A. As a condition of a Defined Licence in Nova Scotia, physicians must have a sponsor and supervisor approved by the College.

Part C - is the ongoing practice component, where physicians have four years in which to obtain their Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) and certification by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.