The BC College of Family Physicians (BCCFP) is the only independent voice for BC’s family physicians. We serve our members by providing education and networking opportunities, advocating for our profession, and recognizing excellence in family practice.

We are the BC Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). As a member of both the BCCFP and the CFPC, you have the opportunity to get involved in your medical community, make a difference and improve the health of Canadians.

You also gain access to invaluable practice tools and services, including:

  • Continuing professional education courses, seminars and practice sessions;
  • National and regional network of family physicians;
  • Training and certification;
  • Funding opportunities like scholarships, grants, bursaries and awards
  • Information about career advancement opportunities
  • Powerful practice tips
  • An organization that advocates for you as the centre of patient care

To become a member, apply online or contact the CFPC at 1-800-387-6197.

Continuing Professional Development

We are committed to providing you with high quality learning opportunities that are rigorously reviewed to ensure excellence, relevance and usefulness. All professional education resources are informed and assessed by our members so you can consistently learn what is most applicable to you.

See our upcoming professional education events for members.

Let us know what kinds of continuing professional development you’d like to see.

CCFP Certification

The CCFP (Certification in the College of Family Physicians) is the national standard for training and certification in family medicine. After 24 months of training, residents and practicing physicians in Canada can become CCFP-certified and add the CCFP designation to their title.

The three-day competency-based exam is offered twice-a-year—once in spring and once in fall—in both French and English. The exam is administered over three days, with written and skills component. To view the full exam description, visit the CFPC website.

See the locations where the exam is offered.

Learn about how to prepare for the exam.

Once you complete the CCFP, you will be awarded Certification in Family Medicine and will be CCFP-certified. You will then need to maintain these credentials through your ongoing membership in the BCCFP and your participation in the College’s Maintenance of Certification Program.

BCCFP Exam Practice Sessions

Practice for the CCFP exam with other BCCFP members. Exam practice sessions provide:

  • A review of the exam’s Short Answer Management Problems (SAMP)
  • Exam preparation resources
  • Hands-on practice simulated Office Oral Examinations (SOO)
  • Opportunity to speak with a recent successful exam candidate

Sessions are held in Vancouver about one month before each Spring and Fall exam. Seating is limited, so sign up soon.

For more information, please email us at office@bccfp.bc.ca.

Retaking the Exam

If you are unsuccessful on either the written or clinical exam component, you may need to retake that component within one calendar year at approximately 50 per cent of the full fee. If you are unsuccessful on the retake of that component, you will be required to repeat the entire examination at full cost.

Contact

For more information, please email enquires to the CFPC at CCFPexam@cfpc.ca

Eligibility

For more information visit the national site.

Residents

The exam is open to residents who have graduated from a CFPC-accredited family medicine residency program or a similarly accredited program and have successfully completed a minimum of 24 months of training. View the full resident eligibility requirements.

Practicing Physicians

Certification in family medicine is a special CFPC membership designation. If you are a practicing family physician and would like to find out if you are eligible for certification, please view the full practicing physician eligibility requirements.

International Physicians

If you are interested in qualifying to practice family medicine in Canada, please visit the Medical Council of Canada’s website. International medical graduates are also encouraged to visit WorkinginCanada.gc.ca for province and territory-specific information. Learn more about recognition of training and certification obtained in international jurisdictions or our Alternative Routes to Certification.

Important upcoming changes to the Examination Process

Effective January 1, 2016, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) will modify the examination process for family medicine candidates.

For information on how this will affect candidates, please review the Medical Council of Canada’s candidate FAQ.