Alberta Licensure

To practice as a physician in Alberta, you need an Alberta medical practice permit. Practice permits are issued by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).

AHS may also recruit podiatrists and dentists, in addition to physicians. The expectations on these practitioners would also be to hold an active, independent practice permit with their respective Colleges.

Before You Apply

If you don’t have an Alberta medical practice permit and want to apply for a practice opportunity with Alberta Health Services (AHS), you must first pass a CPSA Review of Qualifications.

The CPSA Review of Qualifications is a pre-screening process to determine if you meet general eligibility requirements to practise medicine in Alberta. If you do, the CPSA will send you a letter confirming you are eligible to apply for a practice permit.

Include Your “Review of Qualifications Results Letter” From the CPSA When Applying to AHS

When you apply for a practice opportunity on Doctor Jobs Alberta, it is strongly recommended that you upload your positive CPSA “Review of Qualifications results letter” with your Curriculum Vitae (import the letter as a PDF into your Doctor Jobs Alberta account). This will let us know you are eligible to apply for an Alberta medical practice permit. Without this letter, you may not be considered.

If you already have a CPSA license to practice medicine in Alberta, you can upload a copy of that in place of the Review of Qualifications Results letter

Assessments and Alternative Physician Opportunities

Candidates who have predominantly trained and practiced outside Canada — referred to as International Medical Graduates (IMGs) — may not be eligible for an independent medical practice permit in Alberta without additional education and/or certification. Other IMGs may be eligible for independent license only following a Practice Readiness Assessment (PRA) through the CPSA

Alternative, non-independent practice physician opportunities are also available to IMGs: