Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Academic Certification Program

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) sets the highest standards for specialty medical education in Canada.  The Royal College supports lifelong learning for specialist physicians and promotes sound health policy.


The Royal College Academic Certification program was introduced in 1967 and is intended to assist Canadian faculties of medicine and universities in the recruitment and retention of specialists as full-time clinical faculty at the rank of full or associate professor. The program is particularly aimed at facilitating the recruitment of clinician scientists and clinical educators. 

Academic Certification is granted in specialties and subspecialties recognized by the Royal College.  It remains in effect only for as long as the Certificant maintains a full-time academic appointment and the same specialty practice, at the same medical school and its affiliated institutions, and maintains RCPSC Fellowship.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The application for consideration of academic certification is submitted and supported by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine to which the candidate is being recruited.
  2. At the time of application, the candidate:
    • is an academic physician;
    • holds the rank of associate professor or higher;
    • has been at least 5 years in a full time academic position; and
    • holds a full-time academic faculty position (i.e., engaged primarily in academic duties) for at least five years.
  3. Applications for candidates recruited at the rank of assistant professor may be considered for Academic Certification, provided that the candidate satisfies all conditions and criteria stated in the Policy on Academic Certification and:
    • has been promoted to the rank of associate professor;
    • effective March 1, 2003, has registered in and is compliant with the requirements of the Royal College Continuing Professional Development program (i.e., minimum 40 hours per year, and 400 credits during the program's five-year cycle, as defined in the Royal College "Information Guide for Participants of the Continuing Professional Development Program").

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted to the LMP HR Coordinator.

  1. Royal College application form for Academic Certification;
  2. An up to date curriculum vitae providing a detailed description of specialty training, past and current clinical activities in the specialty concerned, and a full listing of publications, awards, grants, etc.;
  3. Authenticated copies of degrees, diplomas and certificates;
  4. Attestation(s) of academic appointment from the applicant’s originating (foreign) institution(s) describing the type of appointment;
  5. The non-refundable application fee, payable to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada;
  6. Applicants promoted within Canada must submit confirmation that the candidate has been enrolled in the Royal College Continuing Professional Development program.

The completed application package will be forwarded to the Dean's office, and they will submit the documents to the Royal College.


As of October 2018, the non-refundable fee for Academic Certification is $5,045.

LMP Application Deadline

  LMP Deadline
Spring Royal College review January 15
Fall Royal College review July 15



For more information, please visit the Royal College website.