Annual Practice Permit Renewal

Regulated members have a duty to continually learn and grow, to strive for excellence and to provide quality patient care. Renewing your practice permit each year shows your commitment to these duties, and to profession-led regulation. 

When do you renew?

We have three distinct annual renewal cyclesone for each of the following groups:

  • Postgraduate trainees (renewal due June 30)
  • Medical students (renewal due August 31)
  • All other physicians, physician assistants and professional corporations (renewal due December 31)

We will notify you when your renewal cycle is open, plus we’ll send you reminders by email and via The Messenger.

What you need to do

All regulated members (including those withdrawing or retiring from practice) must complete a Renewal Information Form (RIF).

If applicable, your renewal may also include:

  • Paying fees
  • Confirming liability coverage/insurance
  • Confirming participation in nationally approved continuing professional development program

If you are the designated physician of a professional corporation (PC), you will have an additional information form and payment to complete on behalf of all shareholders.

Make Your Renewal Easier

See our helpful tips for an easier renewal, including how to enrol in our Pre-Authorized Payment Plan (PAP) if your renewal includes fees.

Not practising next year?

If you are retiring or withdrawing from practice before the end of the year, you still need to complete your RIF. Your form will be much shorter, but will provide us with needed contact information.

Also, remember to give your patients ample notice and arrange for a physician to take over their care. See our Closing or Leaving a Medical Practice and Patient Record Retention standards of practice.

What’s new?

To help you get ready for your 2022 annual renewal, we are sharing four new things you can expect to see this year. Please set aside extra time as this year’s renewal will take longer than usual. 

  1. Mandatory Patient Relations: Part 2*
    (60 minutes – eligible for CPD credits)
    All regulated CPSA members will have to complete this newly released, online training to renew their CPSA practice permit. You have already completed Part 1 and this is the second piece to your Patient Relations training in response to Alberta legislation to protect patients. You will not have access to complete your Renewal Information Form (RIF) until this training is complete. Part 2 training is available now. Log in to the physician portal to access the link.NOTE: You can complete your training one day and come back to the portal another day to complete your renewal forms. Most important is to have everything completed by Dec. 31, 2021 to avoid late penalties.
  2. One-time reduced physician annual fee
    CPSA Council approved allocating $4.2 million from CPSA’s Building Fund Reserve toward CPSA operations, thereby creating a one-time annual fee reduction for all practising Alberta physicians in independent practice in 2022, who normally pay the full annual fee. Instead of the planned $2,150 fee for 2022, these physicians will pay $1,792 when they renew this fall. See more.
  3. No pre-populated professional addresses in your 2022 RIF
    To help improve data accuracy, we’ve removed all previous professional addresses in your 2022 RIF. This year, when you start entering an address, please select the correctly formatted Canada Post address from the drop down list. To see how it works ahead of time, try this demo. We also added address examples to help with consistency. The addresses you provide this year will pre-populate your 2023 RIF. Lastly, we are asking you to let us know if your professional address is an AHS/Covenant Health facility.
  4. New PPIP questions in the RIF
    Based on physician feedback, we have revised the Physician Practice Improvement Program (PPIP) questions to be more clear. These minor changes will make it easier for you to reflect on whether or not you’ve completed a quality improvement or personal development/wellness activity.

*New registrants will also have to complete the patient relations training as part of their CPSA registration.

We also have a Patient Relations Program to help patients who experienced sexual abuse or misconduct by an Alberta physician. The program offers funding for therapy and counselling.

Annual fees

Physician annual fees are CPSA’s primary revenue source.

2022 Practice permit renewal fee $2,150* (or $1,792 if eligible – see more).
  • There are no renewal fees for medical students or postgraduate trainees (unless practising as a physician extender).

Annual renewal FAQs for physicians

All FAQs

Do I need liability insurance/coverage to practise medicine in Alberta?

Yes, liability insurance/coverage is required by the Health Professions Act. You will be asked to confirm your liability coverage each year when you renew your practice permit.

How can I enrol in CPSA's Pre-Authorized Payment Plan (PAP)?

Complete our PAP enrolment form. This allows CPSA to automatically withdraw your annual fees in full, once per year.

Note: If you enrol in PAP, you still have to complete your Renewal Information Form (RIF) each year to renew your practice permit. Not completing the RIF on time, will result in late fees.

Where can I get my practice permit?

You can print your practice permit from the physician portal. If you just finished completing your Renewal Information Form (RIF), please allow three business days for processing.

Why do I need a 'unique' email to renew?

Using a unique email ensures the information we share with you is protected and only seen by you.

Why do physicians renew their medical licence every year?

Annual renewal is an opportunity for physicians to update their practice information, including the type of work they do, how many patients they see and whether or not they are accepting new patients. During renewal, physicians also confirm they hold liability insurance, and that they are participating in continuous learning.

Most important, annual renewal provides us with important information about their practice and health so we can support them throughout their medical career.

Questions about annual renewal?

Phone: 780-969-4925
Toll-free: 1-877-629-3787 (in North America)
Business hours: 8:15 am to 4:15 pm MST, Monday to Friday

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