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Postgraduate Practising Licence

Nova Scotia is the First Province to Permit Applicants for PGT Practising Licensure from all Canadian Jurisdictions

In consultation with stakeholders, such as the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine, the College’s policy regarding external moonlighting licensure granted to postgraduate trainees now aligns with the Royal College’s CanMEDS competencies framework. The College’s policy regarding Postgraduate Practising Licences for External Moonlighting aims to ensure postgraduate trainees practice “within a scope for which they are appropriately trained, competent and current in practice.”

The new policy aligns with the training received by postgraduate trainees which focuses on competency by design as provided for in the CanMEDS competencies framework. This policy now allows postgraduate trainees from any province in Canada to apply for a Postgraduate External Moonlighting licence in Nova Scotia.

Postgraduate trainees play an important role in delivering medical care throughout Nova Scotia. If you are a postgraduate wishing to practice in Nova Scotia you must apply for licensure from the College.

There are 2 kinds of Postgraduate Practising licences, also called resident moonlighting licences:

External Moonlighting Licence

An External Moonlighting Licence allows a postgraduate trainee to provide staff coverage or “moonlight” at a facility or healthcare centre external to their primary site of training. This includes any postgraduate trainees currently enrolled in a postgraduate training program outside of Dalhousie University.

External Moonlighting Licence – Eligibility and Instructions

Eligibility

Please review the criteria in the College’s Postgraduate Practising Licence (External Moonlighting) policy to determine your eligibility to moonlight.

Instructions

Step 1: Download and complete the Postgraduate Practising Licence for External Moonlighting Application. The College must receive:

  1. Copies of your medical diploma/degree, your LMCC registration certificate, or the USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3, and evidence of CMPA Code 14 coverage;
  2. A written confirmation letter by the Program Director acknowledging review and sign-off of the Staff Physician Coverage-Roles and Responsibilities Questionnaire completed by the Site Lead (a template for the Program Director is included in the application form);
  3. The Terms and Guidelines of Supervision form completed and submitted to the College by your supervisor for each site in which you will be providing coverage;
  4. A Certificate of Professional Conduct from your home jurisdiction, if you are not a Dalhousie University applicant; and
  5. Confirmation of temporary privileges from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) for each zone in which you will provide services. Contact credentialing@nshealth.ca to obtain temporary privileges. NSHA will confirm your privileges with the College.

Step 2: Submit your application

Submit the completed application to registration@cpsns.ns.ca. Complete the application accurately; discrepancies with information may delay your application.

Step 3: Review of your application

We review the information you submit to determine if you are qualified to move forward in the application process and contact you by email.

  • If you qualify, a registration coordinator will send you a link to the Member Services portal outlining what we need to complete your file.
  • If you do NOT qualify, you will receive explanation from the College.

Step 4: Completing your file

The Member Services portal contains details and links to help you determine what documentation you need to complete your application.

It may take 4 to 6 weeks for you to collect and send all the documents needed.

This may take longer if we need more information. In this case, your application will be sent on to the registrar or registration committees for review.

Step 5: Approval and registration

After your application file is complete, with all medical credentials and supporting documents submitted and verified, we analyze your application to determine whether you qualify for registration in Nova Scotia.

  • If you qualify, we will send further instructions and information about paying the applicable fees and taxes.
  • If you do NOT qualify, you will receive explanation from the College.

Step 6: Licensure letter

When you are approved for licensure, you will be issued a Postgraduate Practising licence for the dates that you will be providing the moonlighting coverage.

Internal Moonlighting Licence

An Internal Moonlighting licence allows postgraduate trainees to provide coverage for another trainee on the same or different service in the tertiary care teaching hospitals in Halifax. You are supervised the same way you are supervised during your postgraduate training.

Internal Moonlighting Licence – Eligibility and Instructions

Eligibility

Please review the criteria in the College’s Postgraduate Postgraduate Practicing license – Internal Moonlighting policy to determine your eligibility to moonlight.

Instructions

Step 1: Download and complete the Postgraduate Practising Licence for Internal Moonlighting Application. The College must receive:

  1. Copies of your medical diploma/degree, your LMCC registration certificate, or the USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3, and evidence of CMPA Code 14 coverage;
  2. A written confirmation letter by the Program Director indicating their approval and endorsement for moonlighting. This letter must include the dates and location(s) for each period of moonlighting coverage;
  3. A completed Supervision Agreement Form submitted to the College by your supervisor for each site in which you will be providing coverage; and
  4. Confirmation of temporary privileges from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) for each zone in which you will provide services. Contact credentialing@nshealth.ca to obtain temporary privileges. NSHA will confirm your privileges with the College.

Step 2: Submit your application

Submit the completed application to registration@cpsns.ns.ca. Complete the application accurately; discrepancies with information may delay your application.

Step 3: Review of your application

We review the information you submit to determine if you are qualified to move forward in the application process and contact you by email.

  • If you qualify, a registration coordinator will send you a link to the Member Services portal outlining what we need to complete your file.
  • If you do NOT qualify, you will receive explanation from the College.

Step 4: Completing your file

The Member Services portal contains details and links to help you determine what documentation you need to complete your application.

It may take 4 to 6 weeks for you to collect and send all the documents needed.

This may take longer if we need more information. In this case, your application will be sent on to the registrar or registration committees for review.

Step 5: Approval and registration

After your application file is complete, with all medical credentials and supporting documents submitted and verified, we analyze your application to determine whether you qualify for registration in Nova Scotia.

  • If you qualify, we will send further instructions and information about paying the applicable fees and taxes.
  • If you do NOT qualify, you will receive explanation from the College.

Step 6: Licensure letter

When you are approved for licensure, you will be issued a Postgraduate Practising licence for the dates that you will be providing the moonlighting coverage.

We are here to help.
If you have licensure questions, please contact College staff:
1-877-282-7767
902-422-5823
registration@cpsns.ns.ca