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Apply for a Licence

Applying for a Licence? Follow these steps:

  • Determine if you meet the College’s requirements for a licence. We highly recommend you review the information provided in the College’s Registration Policies. A refund of fees will not be considered for decisions of ineligibility. If at any time you need help, please contact the Registration Department at registration@cpsns.ns.ca.
  • Visit physiciansapply.ca where you will need to create an account if you do not already have one. For more information visit Frequently Asked Questions about physiciansapply.ca.
  • Complete the Application for Medical Registration (AMR) in physiciansapply.ca. There is a non-refundable fee for this process.
  • Provide all required information where applicable, including all postgraduate training, practice history and licences held. Not providing this information could slow the application process down.
  • The College will review your application and provide you with a list of documentation required to complete your file. When all required documentation has been received, your file will be reviewed by the College’s Registrar for a final decision.
  • If your application is approved, you will be issued a licence that permits you to practise medicine in Nova Scotia. If your application is not approved, the College will provide you with a reason(s) for the denial.
  • Please note, there are new supervision requirements for physicians holding a defined licence.

Application timeline

Completing an application takes time for such reasons as:

  • Obtaining documents from third parties. Third party documents can include: reference letters, criminal record checks and Certificates of Professional Conduct.
  • Completing an assessment.
  • English language testing. 

Once all required documentation has been received by the College licences are typically granted within several days.  A physician can begin their practice only when they have received confirmation from the College that a licence has been granted.

International Medical Graduates

Licensing applicants who are newcomers to Nova Scotia may wish to access services, including programs for professionals, provided by the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia.