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Accreditation & Certification

The Office of Continuing Professional Development is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of all CME/CHE activities, whether live or web-based, that are approved for credits related to the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). One of the critical functions of this office is ensuring that programs meet the educational and ethical requirements of our accreditors who grant us the right to award study credits to those who attend programs. The staff at Continuing Professional Development is knowledgeable about the required educational, financial and logistical processes required for development of CME/CHE activities.

The CPD Office offers two service models for accreditation of CME/CHE activities:

Model 1: Co-development of program, with accreditation / certification services

The Office of Continuing Professional Development co-develops programming in full partnership with various entities from the beginning to the end of the program planning process, which ends in an evaluation. Accreditation / certification services are included in this model. As a part of this partnership, conferencing support may be extended. Administrative support is not available on a separate or stand-alone basis.

Model 2: Accreditation / certification services only

The Office of Continuing Professional Development is an accreditation and certification granting entity and the services for this process may be purchased on a stand-alone basis.

If you wish to pursue the development of an accredited CME/CHE program, please contact us.

CFPC Certification Criteria

The program must meet the following criteria as mandated by the CFPC:

  • The program must be based on information obtained through a needs assessment.
  • The program must be 25% interactive.
  • There must be an evaluation of the program.
  • There must be objectives written for participants to review prior to the delivery of the program.
  • There must be a member of the CFPC that has had significant input at the planning stage of the program.

RCPSC Accreditation Criteria

The program must meet the following criteria as mandated by the RCPSC:

  • The program must be based on information obtained through a needs assessment.
  • The program must be 25% interactive or be a small group of less than 16 persons.
  • There must be an evaluation of the program.
  • There must be objectives written for participants to review prior to the delivery of the program.
  • There must be a member of the RCPSC that has had significant input at the planning stage of the program.

Click the following links according to your accreditation / certification needs:

CFPC Mainpro+ Credit Application:

Royal College MOC Credit Application:

Additional Forms:

Tools:

*Please Note:

  • We will review all applications within a 6 week period though we will do our best to review them in a shorter timeframe when needed (some exceptions do apply)
  • 2 and 3 credit per hour certification applications need to be directed to CFPC but we can assist with the application process

MAINPRO+ Credits

 

The College of Family Physicians of Canada is pleased to announce that the official launch of the new MAINPRO+® platform will take place on June 27, 2016. The new online reporting platform will make accessing your credit summary, completed activities, in-progress activities, and official transcripts, much easier. The CFPC is making some significant changes to Mainpro, based on member recommendations, to help all Mainpro participants meet their changing learning requirements. The system changes will also ensure that the appropriate mechanisms are in place to allow Mainpro to evolve and improve over time. We understand that change can be challenging at times and want to ensure all our members have a successful transition to Mainpro+. 

 The way you earn and report CPD credits is changing:

 

  • Reporting categories that are easier to understand
  • Opportunities to earn credit for more practice activities
  • Opportunities to earn 1, 2, or 3 credits per hour with more activities and programs
  • New user-friendly online reporting portal

CFPC Mainpro+ Credit Requirements

To fulfill your Mainpro+ requirements, you must submit a minimum of 250 credits in each five-year cycle.

Certified: At least 125 of the 250 credits must be Mainpro+ certified credits in any category (Group Learning, Self-Learning, Assessment)

Non-Certified: Up to 125 of the 250 credits may be non-certified credits in any category.

All Mainpro+ participants, including Non-Member Mainpro+ Participants, will be required to earn and report a minimum of 25 credits per year during their five-year cycle. The annual minimum may be comprised of any combination of certified and/or non-certified credits in the Group Learning, Self-Learning, and Assessment categories; a minimum of 250 credits are required within the five-year cycle.

We're keeping what works well...

  • Five-year reporting cycle
  • Minimum 25 credits required per year
  • Minimum 250 credits required per cycle
  • Minimum 125 credits required per cycle from certified CPD programs
  • Easy online reporting

 For an in-depth breakdown of how the new MAINPRO+ System works click here. For a supplementary tutorial video go here.

Mainpro+® for Resident Members

Up to 40 Certified Mainpro+ credits earned and reported during your residency cycle will be automatically carried forward to your first active Mainpro+ cycle— See more the CFPC's website.

Claiming Mainpro+® Credits for University Certified Programs
For instructions on how to claim credits for University Certified programs - click here.

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Earning MOC Credits

The Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program is a continuing professional development program designed by the Royal College to support the lifelong learning needs of Fellows and Health Care Professionals. Introduced in 2000, the MOC Program demonstrates the Royal College’s commitment to the highest standards in specialty medicine, and is one of the core business offerings to Fellows.

MOC Program cycle requirements

The MOC Program is based on a five-year cycle, the first cycle beginning January 1 of the year following admission to the program. You must complete a minimum of:

  • 40 credits per year, and
  • 400 credits over each five-year cycle.

Each year, you will be able to print a MOC status report of the credits you have completed. A completion certificate will be available online when you complete a five-year MOC cycle.

Reporting credits

MOC Program participants self-report their participation in approved learning activities and record the learning outcomes identified or achieved through MAINPORT, a web application that serves as an online learning support system.

Please refer to the RCPSC Maintenance of Certification (MOC) page for more details.

 

National Standard for Support of Accredited CPD Activities

Download the National Standard for Support of Accredited CPD Activities

The National Standard will guide the ability of CPD providers and other stakeholders to:

  • safeguard high-quality CPD from commerical influence,
  • outline a clearly defined role for sponsors of CPD activities, and
  • standardize development and delivery of CPD activities for both family and specialist physician audiences. 

The National Standard comes into effect on January 1, 2018

If a CPD activity is accredited before December 31, 2017, but launched after January 1, 2018, the activity is not required to comply with the National Standard, but CPD providers are encouraged to make every effort to comply with the National Standard prior to delivery of the CPD activity. 

As of January 1, 2018, the National Standard will apply all situations where financial and in-kind support is accepted to contribute to the development, delivery and/or evaluation of accredited CPD activities. 

The National Standard will be applicable to all Royal College-accredited group learning activitiesself-assessment programs, and simulation-based activities

CPD activities reviewed for Royal College MOC Section 1 or 3 credits on or after January 1, 2018, must meet the National Standard, as well as the administrative and educational CPD activity accreditation standards which will apply during the accreditation review.


Resident Affiliates and Credits

As of July 1, 2013, Resident Affiliates who document learning activities in MAINPORT ePortfolio during their residency program can transfer up to 75 credits (25 in each of the MOC Program categories of Group Learning, Self-Learning and Assessment) into their first five-year cycle following certification and joining the Royal College as a Fellow.

The Royal College’s MOC Program is a continuing professional development program designed to support lifelong learning and is mandatory for all Fellows. This policy will allow residents to become familiar with the MOC Program and MAINPORT ePortfolio throughout their residency, easing the transition into professional practice when continuing professional development becomes crucial for annual re-licensure.

Learn more on the RCPSC webisite.