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Deadlines, dates & locations

Update on 2025 Examinations 

Who:  
All candidates will sit the 2025 written and applied exam in person at one of our regional examination centres. 

When:  
Spring specialty examination schedule for 2025
Fall specialty examination schedule for 2025

Where: 
Regional written exam centres in Canada

How:
A computer-based platform
For further details, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


Deadline to apply for training and/or practice assessment
  • Spring exams
    April 30 of the year before you write the exam
  • Fall exams
    August 31 of the year before you write the exam
Candidates will be required to apply via the newly launched Credentials/e-booking system.
Deadline to apply for continued training assessment
(after Surgical Foundations and before final surgical specialty exam)*

*For surgical specialties only
  • Spring exams
    April 30 of the year before the final surgical specialty exam 
  • Fall exams
    August 31, the year before the exam.

    *This includes Surgical Foundations and any other surgical specialty that has moved to the fall
Candidates will be required to apply for exam eligibility via the Credentials/e-booking system for Surgical Foundations first followed by the surgical primary specialty.
Competence Committees
  • Spring exams
    3-4 months before CCTs are returned to Credentials Unit
  • Fall exams
    3-4 months before CCTs are returned to Credentials Unit
Competence Committees will be required to convene to determine the exam readiness of the candidates.
Confirmation Completion of Training (CCTs) are sent to PGME
  • Spring exams
    Mid-August, the year before the exam
  • Fall exams
    January 15, the year of the exam
The Credentials Unit sends a spreadsheet(s) with a list of names for PGME to confer exam readiness.
Confirmation Completion of Training (CCTs) to be returned to Credentials Unit
  • Spring exams
    Early September, the year before the exam
  • Fall exams
    February 15, the year of the exam
The Credentials Unit is to receive signed spreadsheet(s) from PGME to be able to issue exam eligibility rulings.
Exam Eligibility Rulings Rulings are processed and sent in batches as soon as CCTs are returned to the Credentials Unit.Credentials/booking system will issue exam eligibility rulings to candidates.
Exam registration Candidates will be required to register and pay for the examination using the e-booking system.
Confirmation of Certification (CCs) are sent to PGME 
  • Spring exams
    May 15, the year of the exam
  • Fall exams
    November 15, the year of the exam
The Credentials Unit sends a spreadsheet(s) with a list of names for PGME to confirm end-of-training dates to confer certification.
Confirmation of Certification (CCs) to be returned to the Credentials Unit
  • Spring exams
    June 1, the year of the exam
  • Fall exams
    December 1, the year of the exam
The Credentials Unit is to receive signed spreadsheet(s) from PGME to be able to inform Member Services to issue certification.

Exam deadlines

Deadline to register for exams
  • Spring exams
    November 4 of the year before you write the exam
  • Fall exams
    April 15 of the year you take the exam

The centre you choose for the written examination will be the same centre for the applied examination. Please note that changes to your exam centre locations will be not be allowed once exam registration closes.

Deadline to request exam accommodation
  • Spring exams
    November 4
  • Fall exams
    April 15
Deadline to withdraw from exams

The Royal College has re-instated the pre-Covid standard policy on withdrawals from examinations:

Candidates who withdraw from the examination, or do not appear at the examination, will have been considered to have used one year of eligibility, unless granted a deferral pursuant to the deferral of examination eligibility policy. 

Notification of withdrawal must be received by the Royal College at least twenty (20) business days before the first component of the examination. Upon receipt, 50% of the examination fees will be refunded.

Notification of withdrawal less than twenty (20) business days before the examination will result in no refund of the fees.

Spring exam dates

Spring specialty examination schedule for 2024

Spring specialty examination schedule for 2025

Fall exam dates

Fall specialty examination schedule for 2024

Fall specialty examination schedule for 2025

Deadline to request a formal review

30 days after the date on the Summary of Performance.

Deadline to request a renewal of eligibility

Spring exams: October 20th of the year before the exam
Fall exams: March 31st of the year of the exam

Dates for Posting Exam Results

Dates are different for each specialty. See list here.

Exam dates

Exam dates and times are subject to change. Confirmation of written appointment will be sent via email one month before the 2024 exams. Confirmation of applied appointment will be sent via email approximately two to four weeks before the 2024 exams.

Note: Due to the complexities of scheduling candidates, your scheduled date and time to attend the exam cannot be changed. All eligible candidates will be scheduled for each exam component according to the application deadline and the Royal College’s capacity. No candidate shall be granted a request to select a specific date or date range and/or time of their exam(s) unless specific conditions have been met (see policy).

Spring 2025 Examinations Dates

(Updated February 9, 2024)

Registration deadline
The deadline for registration for Spring 2025 examinations is November 4, 2024

When: Spring examinations 2025

Please note:
Please book off all the scheduled dates posted for your specialty exam as you must be available to write on all of the published dates (e.g. both April 7 and April 8).

Spring 2025
SPECIALTYCOMPONENTEXAM DATE(S)
AnesthesiologyWrittenThursday, September 26, 2024
Friday, September 27, 2024
 AppliedTuesday, May 6 to Wednesday, May 7, 2025
Cardiac SurgeryWrittenTuesday, March 18, 2025
Wednesday, March 19, 2025
 AppliedTuesday, October 28, 2025
Cardiology AdultWrittenTuesday, February 25, 2025
Wednesday, February 26, 2025
 AppliedTuesday, May 27 to Wednesday, May 28, 2025
Cardiology PediatricWrittenTuesday, February 25, 2025
Wednesday, February 26, 2025 
 AppliedThursday, June 5, 2025
DermatologyWrittenTuesday, March 18, 2025
Wednesday, March 19, 2025 
 AppliedMonday, April 28, 2025
Diagnostic & Clinical Pathology (formerly General Pathology)Written
Tuesday, March 25, 2025
Wednesday, March 26, 2025
 AppliedWednesday, November 5, 2025
Diagnostic & Molecular Pathology (formerly Anatomical Pathology)Written

Tuesday, March 25, 2025
Wednesday, March 26, 2025
 AppliedThursday, November 6, 2025
Diagnostic RadiologyWrittenTuesday, March 25, 2025
Wednesday, March 26, 2025
 AppliedMonday, May 26, 2025
Emergency MedicineWrittenTuesday, March 4, 2025
Wednesday, March 5, 2025
 AppliedWednesday, June 4, 2025
General Internal MedicineWrittenTuesday, March 4, 2025
Wednesday, March 5, 2025
 AppliedN/A
General SurgeryWrittenThursday, September 12, 2024
Friday, September 13, 2024
 AppliedThursday, May 1, 2025
Geriatric MedicineWrittenTuesday, March 18, 2025
Wednesday, March 19, 2025
 AppliedN/A
Hematological PathologyWritten**Tuesday, March 4, 2025
Wednesday, March 5, 2025
 Applied*Thursday, May 29, 2025
Internal MedicineWrittenTuesday, March 11, 2025
Wednesday, March 12, 2025
 Applied - English

Applied - French

Monday, June 9 to Friday, June 13, 2025

Tuesday, June 10 to Thursday, June 12, 2025
Medical Genetics & GenomicsWrittenTuesday, March 4, 2025
Wednesday, March 5, 2025 
 AppliedThursday, May 8, 2025
Medical MicrobiologyWrittenTuesday, March 11, 2025
Wednesday, March 12, 2025 
 AppliedFriday, May 23, 2025
NeurologyWrittenTuesday, March 25, 2025
Wednesday, March 26, 2025
 AppliedFriday, June 20, 2025
NeuropathologyWrittenTuesday, March 18, 2025
Wednesday, March 19, 2025
 AppliedThursday, March 20, 2025
NeurosurgeryWrittenTuesday, September 24, 2024
Wednesday, September 25, 2024
 AppliedTuesday, April 15, 2025
Nuclear MedicineWrittenTuesday, October 1, 2024
Wednesday, October 2, 2024
 AppliedThursday, May 22, 2025
Obstetrics & GynecologyWrittenThursday, September 19, 2024
Friday, September 20, 2024
 AppliedWednesday, April 23, 2025
OphthalmologyWrittenTuesday, March 11, 2025
Wednesday, March 12, 2025
 AppliedFriday, June 6, 2025
Orthopedic SurgeryWrittenTuesday, September 24, 2024
Wednesday, September 25, 2024
 AppliedThursday, April 24, 2025
Pediatric Hematology/OncologyWrittenTuesday, March 18, 2025
Wednesday, March 19, 2025
 AppliedN/A
PediatricsWrittenTuesday, October 1, 2024
Wednesday, October 2, 2024
 AppliedWednesday, June 18 to Thursday, June 19, 2025
Physical Medicine & RehabilitationWrittenTuesday, March 18, 2025
Wednesday, March 19, 2025
 AppliedFriday, October 24, 2025
Plastic SurgeryWrittenThursday, September 26, 2024
Friday, September 27, 2024
 AppliedFriday, April 25, 2025
PsychiatryWrittenTuesday, March 4, 2025
 AppliedWednesday, May 14 to Friday, May 16, 2025
Public Health & Preventive MedicineWrittenTuesday, March 4, 2025
Wednesday, March 5, 2025
 AppliedFriday, May 9, 2025
Radiation OncologyWrittenTuesday, March 18, 2025
Wednesday, March 19, 2025
 AppliedThursday, October 23, 2025
Respirology AdultWrittenTuesday, March 18, 2025
Wednesday, March 19, 2025
 AppliedTuesday, June 17, 2025
Rheumatology AdultWrittenWednesday, February 26, 2025
 AppliedFriday, May 30, 2025
Vascular Surgery*WrittenTuesday, February 25, 2025
 AppliedWednesday, April 30, 2025
*Last traditional cohort. Competence by Design (CBD) cohort will sit their exam in Fall 2025.
**Last traditional cohort and first CBD cohort will sit their exam.

Fall 2025 Examinations Dates

(Updated: January 22, 2024)

Reminder

Exam dates and times are subject to change. Confirmation of written appointment will be sent via email one month before the 2025 exams. Confirmation of applied appointment will be sent via email approximately two to four weeks before the 2025 exams.

Note: Due to the complexities of scheduling candidates, your scheduled date and time to attend the exam cannot be changed. All eligible candidates will be scheduled for each exam component according to the application deadline and the Royal College’s capacity. No candidate shall be granted a request to select a specific date or date range and/or time of their exam(s) unless specific conditions have been met (see policy).

Registration deadline
The deadline for registration for Fall 2025 examinations is April 15, 2025.

When: Fall examinations 2025

Please note:
Please book off all the scheduled dates posted for your specialty exam as you must be available to write on all of the published dates (e.g. both September 12 and September 13).

Fall 2025
SPECIALTYCOMPONENTEXAM DATE(S)
Adolescent MedicineWritten

Tuesday, September 16, 2025

Wednesday, September 17, 2025

 AppliedN/A
AnesthesiologyWritten

Thursday, September 25, 2025

Friday, September 26, 2025

 AppliedSpring 2026
Cardiac SurgeryWritten

Tuesday, March 18, 2025

Wednesday, March 19, 2025

 AppliedTuesday, October 28, 2025
Child & Adolescent PsychiatryWrittenWednesday, August 27, 2025
 AppliedN/A
Clinical Immunology & AllergyWrittenTuesday, August 19, 2025
 AppliedThursday, November 20, 2025
Clinical Pharmacology & ToxicologyWrittenTuesday, August 26, 2025
 AppliedN/A
Colorectal SurgeryWrittenTuesday, September 16, 2025
 AppliedN/A
Critical Care MedicineWritten

Tuesday, September 9, 2025

Wednesday, September 10, 2025

 AppliedN/A
Developmental Pediatrics*WrittenWednesday, September 3, 2025
 AppliedN/A
Diagnostic & Clinical Pathology (formerly General Pathology)Written

Tuesday, March 25, 2025

Wednesday, March 26, 2025

 AppliedWednesday, November 5, 2025
Diagnostic & Molecular Pathology (formerly Anatomical Pathology)Written

Tuesday, March 25, 2025

Wednesday, March 26, 2025

 AppliedThursday, November 6, 2025
Endocrinology & MetabolismWrittenThursday, September 4, 2025
 AppliedN/A
Forensic PathologyWrittenWednesday, September 3, 2025
 AppliedN/A
Forensic PsychiatryWrittenTuesday, September 16, 2025
 AppliedN/A
GastroenterologyWritten

Tuesday, August 19, 2025

Wednesday, August 20, 2025

 AppliedMonday, November 17, 2025
General Surgical Oncology*Written

Tuesday, September 9, 2025

Wednesday, September 10, 2025

 AppliedN/A
General SurgeryWritten

Thursday, September 25, 2025

Friday, September 26, 2025

 AppliedSpring 2026
Geriatric PsychiatryWrittenWednesday, September 3, 2025
 AppliedN/A
Gynecologic OncologyWritten

Wednesday, September 3, 2025

Thursday, September 4, 2025

 AppliedN/A
Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology & InfertilityWrittenWednesday, September 3, 2025
 AppliedN/A
Hematological Pathology*Written

Tuesday, March 4, 2025

Wednesday, March 5, 2025

 AppliedFriday, November 7, 2025
HematologyWritten

Tuesday, August 19, 2025

Wednesday, August 20, 2025

 AppliedThursday, November 13, 2025
Infectious DiseasesWritten

Tuesday, August 26, 2025

Wednesday, August 27, 2025

 AppliedN/A
Interventional RadiologyWrittenWednesday, September 17, 2025
 AppliedN/A
Maternal-Fetal MedicineWritten

Wednesday, September 3, 2025

Thursday, September 4, 2025

 AppliedN/A
Medical BiochemistryWritten

Tuesday, September 9, 2025

Wednesday, September 10, 2025

 AppliedN/A
Medical OncologyWritten

Wednesday, September 3, 2025

Thursday, September 4, 2025

 AppliedN/A
Neonatal-Perinatal MedicineWritten

Tuesday, September 16, 2025

Wednesday, September 17, 2025

 AppliedN/A
NephrologyWritten

Wednesday, September 3, 2025

Thursday, September 4, 2025

 AppliedN/A
NeuroradiologyWrittenWednesday, September 17, 2025
 AppliedN/A
NeurosurgeryWritten

Thursday, September 25, 2025

Friday, September 26, 2025

 Applied*Spring 2027
Nuclear MedicineWritten

Tuesday, September 16, 2025

Wednesday, September 17, 2025

 AppliedSpring 2026
Obstetrics & GynecologyWritten

Thursday, September 25, 2025

Friday, September 26, 2025

 AppliedSpring 2026
Occupational MedicineWritten

Tuesday, August 26, 2025

Wednesday, August 27, 2025

 AppliedN/A
Orthopedic SurgeryWritten

Thursday, September 25, 2025

Friday, September 26, 2025

 AppliedSpring 2026
Otolaryngology–Head & Neck SurgeryWritten

Tuesday, August 19, 2025

Wednesday, August 20, 2025

 AppliedFriday, November 14, 2025
Pain Medicine*Written

Tuesday, August 26, 2025

Wednesday, August 27, 2025

 AppliedN/A
Palliative Medicine*Written

Tuesday, August 26, 2025

Wednesday, August 27, 2025

 AppliedN/A
Pediatric Emergency Medicine*Written

Tuesday, September 9, 2025

Wednesday, September 10, 2025

 AppliedN/A
Pediatric RadiologyWrittenThursday, September 4, 2025
 AppliedN/A
Pediatric SurgeryWrittenWednesday, August 20, 2025
 AppliedFriday, November 21, 2025
PediatricsWritten

Tuesday, September 16, 2025

Wednesday, September 17, 2025

 AppliedSpring 2026
Physical Medicine & RehabilitationWritten

Tuesday, March 18, 2025

Wednesday, March 19, 2025

 AppliedFriday, October 24, 2025
Plastic SurgeryWritten

Thursday, September 25, 2025

Friday, September 26, 2025

 AppliedSpring 2026
Radiation OncologyWritten

Tuesday, March 18, 2025

Wednesday, March 19, 2025

 AppliedThursday, October 23, 2025
Respirology PediatricWrittenTuesday, August 19, 2025
 AppliedTuesday, November 18, 2025
Rheumatology PediatricWritten

Tuesday, September 9, 2025

Wednesday, September 10, 2025

 AppliedN/A
Surgical FoundationsWritten

Tuesday, September 9, 2025

Wednesday, September 10, 2025

 AppliedN/A
Thoracic SurgeryWrittenTuesday, September 9, 2025
 AppliedWednesday, October 22, 2025
UrologyWritten

Tuesday, August 19, 2025

Wednesday, August 20, 2025

 AppliedMonday, November 3, 2025
Vascular Surgery*WrittenTuesday, August 19, 2025
 AppliedWednesday, November 19, 2025
*First CBD cohort.


Where 

All candidates will sit the 2025 written and applied exam in person at one of our regional examination centres in Canada:

  • Vancouver
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Saskatoon
  • Winnipeg
  • London
  • Thunder Bay
  • Sudbury
  • Hamilton
  • Toronto
  • Kingston
  • Ottawa
  • Montreal
  • Sherbrooke
  • Quebec City
  • Halifax
  • St. John’s

 


 

How

  • All candidates will sit the 2025 written and applied exam in person at one of our regional examination centres.
  • Written exams, both multiple-choice and short-answer formats, will be on a computer-based platform.
  • Applied/oral exams will be delivered virtually as well. There will be no paper-based exams.
  • Using a Royal College-issued laptop, candidates will log into an online exam platform at their designated exam centre to take their exams. Onsite invigilators will be on hand at exam centres to provide support for technological issues (hardware and software).
  • For the applied component, the candidate and examiners will interact on a virtual platform in 2025; they will not be in-person and face-to-face. More details on the format of each specialty’s applied exam are available in the Information by Discipline section.

Note: The 2026 exam calendars will be posted at a later date.

Questions?

Contact credentials@royalcollege.ca

 

 
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