Interested in Practicing Medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Physicians interested in practicing medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador must apply online through physiciansapply.ca.  You will have to create an account if you do not already have one.

For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions about physiciansapply.ca

Please read ALL of the information below carefully before going to physiciansapply.ca to start the application process. All fees are non-refundable.

Note:

This application process is intended for physicians interested in obtaining a licence to enter practice in Newfoundland and Labrador. To apply for postgraduate training registration, read Apply for Postgraduate Training in NL.  

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador is not currently accepting applications for the Clinical Skills Assessment and Training program (CSAT). Do NOT submit applications for CSAT at this time.

The College will resume accepting applications when space becomes available at CSAT. Until that time, the College will discard any CSAT applications received. The College will NOT refund fees for CSAT applications received while the process is temporarily closed.

You may use your physiciansapply.ca account for document verification or to apply for Medical Council of Canada exams, but not to apply for registration as a postgraduate trainee. 

Likewise, this application process is not intended for residents who will be completing their postgraduate training program at Memorial University and applying for a licence to enter practice here. Rather, they will proceed with the paper application forms. 

Please contact the College’s Educational Registration department by email for further information.

Medical Licensing in Newfoundland and Labrador

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (the College) is responsible for licensing physicians in Newfoundland and Labrador. Physicians interested in obtaining a licence to practice medicine should review the requirements under the Medical Regulations prior to applying for licensure.

Note: In the event of a discrepancy between the information on this website and the licensing regulations, the regulations shall prevail.

Physicians should also review and understand the Advisory to Applicants prior to applying for licensure.

The Application for Medical Registration

Physicians previously licenced in Newfoundland and Labrador within the past 10 years should email the College at preapplication@cpsnl.ca for further instructions.

All other applicants are required to complete the online Application for Medical Registration (Application) in physiciansapply.ca. There is a non-refundable fee for this process which is payable at the time an applicant submits the Application to the College.

Using the Application in physiciansapply.ca, applicants must complete and submit a Review of Qualifications for Newfoundland and Labrador. This is a review of the medical education, postgraduate training, professional certification, and practice experience of physicians interested in applying for a licence to practice medicine in this province. There are also questions about language proficiency and citizenship.

All applicants must provide all required information where applicable, including:

  • all postgraduate training,
  • all practice history, and
  • all licences held. 

Not providing this information could slow the Application process down or result in the applicant being deemed not eligible.

The College uses the Review of Qualifications to screen potential applicants in order to avoid needless time and expense for those who are not eligible. Take the time to complete the Review of Qualifications fully and accurately. Do not submit any additional documents with the Review of Qualifications unless asked to do so. To assist in completing the Review of Qualifications correctly, review the requirements for licensure under the Medical Regulations and the Advisory to Applicants.

Once the College has received the Review of Qualifications, the College will review the information presented and determine if the applicant is eligible to move forward in the Application process.

The College may ask for additional information to clarify information submitted on the Review of Qualifications. This can be another reason for delays in processing the Review of Qualifications. The College may reject the Review of Qualifications if a physician does not respond within a reasonable period to requests for information.

Completing the assessment should normally take the College about five to seven business days, once the College has all the necessary information. This time may vary for several reasons. When the assessment is complete, the College will notify the applicant of the results by e-mail.

Applicants who appear to be eligible will receive correspondence from the College providing detailed instructions on how to proceed, including directing them to answer additional questions using the Application and providing a list of documentation required to complete their file. When all required documentation has been received, the file will be reviewed by the College’s Deputy Registrar for a final decision.

Successful completion of the Review of Qualifications does not mean that the College will grant a licence to that physician.

Applicants who do not appear to be eligible will receive a written explanation of the College's decision.

Note: If the information provided in the Review of Qualifications meets the basic requirements for Full licensure, the applicant will be prompted to complete the full Application, resulting in one submission to the College.

Tips for completing the Review of Qualifications

  1. Review the requirements for licensure in the Medical Regulations. 
  2. Review and understand the Advisory to Applicants.
  3. Organize your information before you begin. This will save time and help to make sure you do not accidentally leave out important information.
  4. Specialists from outside Canada should enter information related to speciality certificates in the non-Canadian certifications section.
  5. The Application automatically saves from one page to the next.
  6. Please read and complete sections carefully as assessment fees are non-refundable.

False or Misleading Information

The College will verify information presented by physicians as part of the Application process. Verification involves confirming that documents are authentic and that the information in them is correct. The College will reject documents that it finds to contain false or misleading information. More information is available on the physiciansapply.ca page.

If the College issues a licence to a physician, the College may suspend that physician’s licence and initiate appropriate disciplinary action if it finds false or misleading information in any Application or documents submitted by or on behalf of that physician. 

Create an Account

The first step in the Application process is to create a physiciansapply.ca account. This will allow physicians to complete and submit the Application and pay the applicable assessment fees (using Visa or MasterCard) online.

To create a physiciansapply.ca account, click here and follow the instructions.

Contact the College

Mail: 120 Torbay Road, Suite W100
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
A1A 2G8
E-mail: preapplication@cpsnl.ca
Phone: 1.709.726.8546
Fax: 1.709.726.4725

Short Cuts

  • For information on job opportunities across the province, check the PracticeNL website. 
  • For information on postgraduate training opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador, check with the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University.
  • Information on postgraduate training in Newfoundland and Labrador: (pdf).