Routes to Licensure & Practise Readiness Assessment (PRA) Routes


Here are some short routes to licensure for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in Canada:

  • Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS)
  • Canadian Resident Matching Service – International Medical Graduate (CaRMS-IMG)
  • Practise-Ready Assessment (PRA) program
  • International Medical Graduate Program (IMG)
  • National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination

However, the licensure process for IMGs in Canada can vary by province or territory, so it’s important to research the specific requirements and pathways in the desired location.

The MCC grants a qualification in medicine known as the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to medical graduates who have met the established criteria.

The LMCC is not a licence to practise medicine; it is part of the Canadian Standard, which defines the set of requirements physicians need to meet in order to apply for a full licence to practice medicine independently in Canada. When a candidate has satisfied the various requirements set by a medical regulatory authority (MRA), the final step towards licensure is to submit an application for medical registration to that MRA.

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CPSA launches accelerated registration route for eligible internationally-trained physicians

Please click here for the announcement on the CPSA website (January 16, 2023). Please click here to view the additional routes to registration for IMGs. For more information on PRA routes in Alberta and across Canada, please book a consultation with one of AIMGA’s Career Advisors.


The Practise Readiness Assessment (PRA) process offered by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) will help you obtain an Independent License to practice medicine in Alberta.

PRA determines if an applicant is practice-ready for independent practise in Alberta. When a physician holds an independent practice in Alberta this means they are:

  • On the General Register, or on the Provincial Register Conditional Practice as a physician in independent practice.
  • Authorized to practise medicine within his/her scope of practice.
  • Responsible and accountable for his/her medical practice and does not require another physician to be responsible for or oversee any aspect of their medical practice.

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