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Postgraduate Practising Licence

There are 2 kinds of postgraduate practising licences, also called resident moonlighting licences:

  • postgraduate practising licence for external moonlighting
  • postgraduate practising licence for internal moonlighting

You need a postgraduate practising licence to moonlight.

Are you eligible?

Both internal and external moonlighting licences

For both of these licences, you need 5 things:

External moonlighting licence

This licence lets you practise independently outside of your postgraduate training program. A physician with a full licence must supervise you.

You must meet the following criteria to receive a postgraduate practising licence for external moonlighting:

  • You must be in the final 2 years of a specialty training program

OR

  • You must be in the final 6 months of a family medicine training program

Step 1: Apply for a licence

Download and complete the Postgraduate Practising Licence for External Moonlighting Application and Guide (PDF – 8 pages – 1292 KB)

Submit the completed application to registration@cpsns.ns.ca

Make sure you complete the application accurately. Discrepancies with information may delay your application.

Internal moonlighting licence

This licence lets you provide medical care on another service during your postgraduate training. You should be supervised the same way you are supervised during your postgraduate training.

You must be at the PGY 2 level or beyond to receive this licence.

Note: Moonlighting is outside the scope of the postgraduate training licence.

Step 1: Apply for a licence

Download and complete the Postgraduate Practising Licence for Internal Moonlighting Application and Guide (PDF – 7 pages – 1224 KB)

Submit the completed application to registration@cpsns.ns.ca

Make sure you complete the application accurately. Discrepancies with information may delay your application.

Questions?
Call 1-877-282-7767 or 902-422-5823
Email registration@cpsns.ns.ca

Step 2: Review of your application

We will review the information you submitted to find out if you are qualified to move on in the application process.

We will email you to tell you if you qualify for the licence or not:

  • If you qualify, your registration coordinator will send you a link to your member services portal explaining what we need to complete your file.
  • If you do NOT qualify, we will explain why.

Step 3: Completing your file

The member services portal contains details and links to help you find out what documentation you need to complete your application.

It may take 4 to 6 weeks to collect and send us all the documents we need.

It may take longer if we need more information. If that is the 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 will analyze your application and tell you if you 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 we will send you a letter telling you why.

Step 6: Licensure letter

If you are approved for licensure you will be issued a postgraduate practising licence for a defined term.

 

Frequently Asked Questions Expand All

How long will it take?

Give yourself plenty of time to complete your licence application. It is difficult to predict how long it will take as it depends on how long it takes for you to gather the necessary documentation. It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to collect and send us all the documents we need.

Once we have received all the documents and information we need, it usually takes several days to issue you a licence.

You may begin to practise once you have been granted a licence, not before.