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Have you recently changed your email address?

All correspondence from the College is sent to the email address currently on file. If you have recently changed your email address, please contact registration@cpsns.ns.ca.


Do you need to renew your Postgraduate Training Licence for the 2017-2018 academic year?

Online resident renewal opens May 1, 2017. Completion of your licence renewal form and receipt of payment is required to continue your postgraduate training program at Dalhousie University for the 2017-2018 academic year. The renewal is fee is $200.00. 

Dates for online resident renewal are:

  • Online resident renewal opens: May 1, 2017
  • Late fee applied: May 23, 2017 
  • Online resident renewal closes: May 31, 2017 

If you have not renewed your licence by May 22, 2017, you will be subject to a $50.00 late fee. If you have not renewed your licence by May 31, 2017, your licence will be suspended.


Are you on a leave of absence from your training?

If you are currently on a leave of absence from your training program and returning to training before October 1, 2017, you are required to renew your Postgraduate Training Licence during the May renewal period.

If you are not returning to your training program until after September 30, 2017, you will need to contact the College at registration@cpsns.ns.ca prior to returning to training.


Do you need a Certificate of Professional Conduct?

If you are applying for a licence outside of Nova Scotia, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Professional Conduct (CPC). The College generally issues CPC's within 5 business days. CPC's are sent directly to the licensing authority requesting the document.

  • Complete the College's Consent for a Certificate of Professional Conduct and send it to the College by mail, fax or email at registration@cpsns.ns.ca.
  • If sent by fax or e-mail, payment must be made by Visa or MasterCard.
  • If you are leaving the Dalhousie program and applying for a licence outside Nova Scotia, the fee for a CPC is $100.00
  • If the CPC is required for an elective, be sure to indicate that on your consent form and the fee will be waived 

Any inquiries can be directed to registration@cpsns.ns.ca.


Do you need a Postgraduate Practising Licence (Resident Moonlighting)?

If you held a Postgraduate Practising Licence during the 2016-2017 academic year, it will expire on June 30, 2017. If you plan to provide locum coverage (moonlight) during the 2017-2018 year, you must submit a completed application for a Postgraduate Practising Licence. 

Once your application is complete, please allow sufficient time for processing by the Registration Department. The Registration Department is unable to guarantee issue of a licence by a particular date.

You cannot begin moonlighting until you have received confirmation from the College that you have been granted a Postgraduate Practising Licence.


Have you completed your training and intend on practising?

If you are nearing the end of your training program and intend to practise medicine in Nova Scotia, you must apply for a Full or Defined Licence with the College.

If you are considering licensure outside Nova Scotia, contact the appropriate provincial College of Physicians & Surgeons or licensing authority in other jurisdictions.

To obtain a Full Licence to practise medicine in Nova Scotia you must have:

  • passed Parts I and II of the Medical Council of Canada's Qualifying Examination (LMCC)
  • satisfactorily completed your postgraduate training program (this includes completion of any projects)
  • certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada   

If you are not successful with the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination – Part 2 (LMCC), the CFPC or Royal College certification exam, or you will not be sitting your certification exam until the fall or following spring, you may be eligible for a Defined licence. 

A Defined licence:

  • requires the sponsorship of a Nova Scotia Health Authority zone or the IWK Health Centre;
  • requires supervision for the duration of the Defined licence;
  • physicians granted a Defined Licence are responsible for the cost of supervision
  • is restricted to practising in a designated practice or community under a Supervisor; and 
  • may be renewed yearly, with the continued support of a Sponsor and Supervisor, for a maximum of 60 months, during which time you must make all attempts to meet the requirements for a Full licence.

Please refer to the following documents for more information on supervision:

How to Apply for a Nova Scotia Licence

Login to your account at physiciansapply.ca and complete the application for medical registration for Nova Scotia.  If you don’t have a physiciansapply account, you will need to create an account. There is a fee to set up an account that is payable directly to physiciansapply.

Once logged into your physiciansapply account, complete your application as follows:

1. Go to Applications for Medical Registration found in the Overview

2. Select College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia from the Province Section menu

3. Complete all required information in the application. 

  • You will need to know the date(s) of your certification examination with the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  • You must provide ALL training, licensing and practice history (if applicable) in the application. This includes your training and licensing in Nova Scotia, any electives that you did outside of Nova Scotia, any moonlighting, etc. Failure to provide all required information could result in an application being rejected, denied or having to be resubmitted. 

4. Submit your completed application and pay the $350.00 fee.

5. While in physiciansapply, make sure you “share” your documents with the College.

6. Your completed application will be made available to the College online. 

The College will review your application and email you regarding the application process and the documentation you will need to submit.  Obtaining some of the required documentation can be time consuming. It is recommended that you begin the application process as soon as possible.

The College provides a tracking service that will enable you to view the status of your application for licensure with the College.  You will be provided with a username and password to access that service.

Once all required documentation is received, your application will be reviewed and a decision provided within days. The Registration Department is unable to guarantee that any applicant will be issued a licence by a particular date.  

You cannot practise or bill for services until you have received official notification of licensure from the College. 

Registration and Licensing Fees

The following fees are required for a Full or Defined Licence and are non-refundable:

  • Review of Qualifications
  • Documentation Fee
  • Registration Fee
  • Annual Licence Fee (renewable yearly)

Please refer to the College’s Fee Schedule for a list of the current fees.