2020 PA Certification Exam and CPD Requirements

To support PAs during these challenging times, the Physician Assistant Certification Council of Canada (PACCC) would like to inform all CCPAs and other Mainport ePortfolio participants that in alignment with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), all maintenance of certification requirements for 2020 are waived:

  • One year will be added to everyone’s cycle.
  • While no credits are required to be submitted this year, any credits submitted will still be counted towards your current (now six-year) cycle. We are also waiving the traditional 40-credit minimum requirement for 2020.

Like the RCPSC and CFPC, we too are affording this respite from reporting to allow our program participants to focus on their work and to take care of themselves.

Impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 PA Certification Exam Date

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the Physician Assistant Certification Council of Canada (PACCC) has made the decision to postpone the fall 2020 exam to January 2021 (subject to change).

PACCC recognizes that students are anxious to receive firm details, and we will share this information broadly as soon as specifics are finalized. Thank you for your continued patience as we work through these complex and evolving circumstances.

New Exam Dates

We recognize the need for planning and PACCC will work to confirm and communicate a new date as soon as possible, while ensuring that all students have a fair opportunity to register.

Exam Registration

All students will be contacted directly by their education programs when online exam registration opens. CAPA/PACCC will also email anyone who is a Student Member in good standing or any potential rewrites about exam registration.

Exam Format

PACCC is considering and evaluating all delivery options for the exam; (in-person and online) to address public health concerns and comply with physical distancing guidelines that may be in effect at the time of the exam.