Site Search
Skip to main content

Postgraduate Training Licences

Licensing Newly Graduated, Canadian-trained, Post-Graduate Trainees (PGTs)

The College is evoking measures available under the Medical Act to ensure graduating PGTs receive licensure. The College can issue provisional licensure also referred to as a defined licence to graduating PGTs. This licence type requires sponsorship and supervision. Read more.  

Examinations Notice

The College has been advised that the Medical Council of Canada, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada have postponed their examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are registered for one of these examinations, be assured that this will not negatively affect your medical licensure.

If you have any questions please contact the College’s Registration Department at:

If you are taking postgraduate medical training at Dalhousie University, you must have a postgraduate training licence.

Applications for PGY 1 Graduates

Download and complete the Postgraduate Training Licence Application Package (PGY 1 Graduates)

  • PGY 1 Graduatesyou graduated from a medical school and are coming to Dalhousie University for postgraduate training at the PGY 1 level.

Applications for All Other Categories

Download and complete the Postgraduate Training Licence Application Package (All Other)

  • Elective training: you are enrolled in a medical school outside of Nova Scotia but will be taking one or more courses at Dalhousie University.
  • All other PGY levels:
    • you are taking postgraduate medical training at Dalhousie University at any level;
    • you are enrolled in postgraduate training at a medical school in another province and are transferring to Dalhousie University; or
    • you have graduated from a medical school outside Canada and are coming to Dalhousie University for postgraduate training at any level.
  • Clinical Traineeship: you are completing a period of medical training in a program at Dalhousie University that is not part of a postgraduate training program.

Are you eligible?

To qualify for a postgraduate training licence the following must apply to you:

Note: If you are on the Education Register as a postgraduate trainee, you must apply for a postgraduate practising licence to practise independently.

Step 1: Apply for a licence

Choose from the following applications and download and complete the one that applies to you:

Submit the completed application to

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

Call 1-877-282-7767 or 902-422-5823

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 4: Approval and registration

After your application file is complete, with all applicable medical credentials and supporting documents submitted and verified, we will analyze your application and tell you if 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 5: Licensure letter

If you are approved for licensure you will be issued a postgraduate training licence.

Renew Training Licence

Frequently Asked Questions

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.