CPSA Number (Licence for Independent Practice)

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) grants medical licences needed for independent practice.

  • Deadline to apply is April 1st, for a July 1st start
  • For a new licence, complete the application for medical registration. Once your Review of Qualifications is received from PhysiciansApply, follow instructions in the Review of Qualification Results communication (Overview of process here)
  • Fees: Review of qualifications - $200; Registration - $800; Practice Permit Fee $1,960
  • This CPSA flowchart will help you determine if you are eligible to apply for an Alberta independent practice permit

Hospital Privileges

Most applicants are recruited for Appointment through zone-specific processes that may vary by zone or by site. To apply for Appointment:

  • Applicants may be asked to complete the Request for Application Package form and submit it to the appropriate Zone Medical Affairs Office (ZMAO). The Application Package is then sent to the applicant for completion and submission to the ZMAO.
  • The Application Package may be supplied by the ZMAO as part of the recruitment process and would not require the Applicant to fill out the “Request for Application Package” form.
  • Learn more with the AHS Medical Staff Bylaws— Medical Appointments document
  • Generally, copies of the following documents are required:
    • Resume
    • CMPA proof of insurance
    • Medical licence
    • Three professional letters of reference

Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta

You must register with the Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta to bill for workplace compensation claims. To sign up, visit the website or send an email to the eBusiness Support Team.

Alberta Medical Association (AMA)

Job Opportunities

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is responsible for negotiating with the government on behalf of physicians in Alberta. They also manage compensation programs and offer billing help, assist with managing practical aspects of practice, and offer financial products such as insurance and investment services.