Dear CCMG Fellows, Trainees, Program Directors and Examinations Committee members,

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CCMG Examinations Committee, with approval of the Board of Directors, will postpone the spring 2020 CCMG examinations to fall 2020.  This postponement includes the General, Written Specialty and Objective Structured Laboratory Examination (OSLE) components. 

We have tentatively set the new examination dates to be September 15 and 16, 2020 for the General and Written Specialty examinations, and October 3 or 4, 2020 for the OSLEs. 

These dates are tentative and may change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic situation.  The General and Written Specialty examinations on September 15/16 will be held at the same locations as had been planned for spring 2020.  At this time, potential locations for the OSLE component are being investigated, with the intent to hold all Specialty OSLEs at one location on October 3 or 4.  

The CCMG Examinations Committee and the Board of Directors will be in regular communication throughout the next few months and will provide an update to all candidates, examiners and Program Directors by August 5, 2020.  Should a further delay of examinations be necessary, this will be decided by that time.

To answer any further questions, we are working on a frequently asked questions (FAQs) section on the CCMG website.  This will be available next week.  If you have any questions, please forward them to the CCMG Management Office and they will be answered as part of the FAQs.


Stacey Hume and Kathy Chun
Co-Chairs, CCMG Examinations Committee



Frequently asked Questions:

Q. I am unable to write the CCMG Examinations in the fall. Can I defer?

A. Yes. Please make your decision known to the CCMG management office via email.

Q. If I defer the fall exam, will there be an extension to the period for which I am credentialed?

A. No extension will be granted. Please refer to your CCMG Credentialing letter. As a reminder, final credentials applications are approved for two examination cycles. You have five years from the end of training to succeed in the CCMG Examinations. After the five-year time period or two unsuccessful examination attempts, remedial training and re-credentialing must occur prior to sitting the examination again. Please refer to the CCMG website for details of remedial training requirements ( Please keep the CCMG office informed of any changes to your contact address.

Q. If I defer the fall exam, will there be a refund for the examination fee?

A. Yes, there will be a full refund.

Q. Are there new deadlines for submission of final credentialing documentation?

A. All credentialing documents, including FITERs, are due July 15, 2020.


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The Canadian College of Medical Geneticists prepares and administers examinations to certify individuals who provide services in medical genetics.

Candidates from all specialities who have been successfully reviewed by the CCMG's Credentials Committee must submit an Examination Registration Form along with payment for the examination by January 15 of the examination year.

Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics and Biochemical Genetics Exams

 General information: 

  1. Examinations are held every two years on the even years.
  2. Examinations will be available in both official languages and candidates may choose to respond in either language.  Candidates must declare their preferred language at the time of registration for the examination cycle. 
  3. Special Accommodations for Applicants with a Disability are to contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants requesting special accommodations during the certifying examinations must check the Application for Special Accommodations box on the application form and request the application for special accommodations.  Applicants must complete and submit the Application for Special Accommodations to the Administrative Office. Applicants requesting reasonable accommodations because of disabilities must provide appropriate documentation of the disability and specify the extent to which the standard testing procedures need to be modified.
  4. Examinations consist of a written General Knowledge Examination and a two-component Specialty Examination (written and practical). Both sets of examinations must be passed within a certain timeframe and the Credentials Committee must give final approval of the training program for admission into the CCMG as a Fellow. Detailed information about the examination process can be accessed here.   
  5. Candidates who are already fellows of the CCMG (FCCMG) or of the Royal College (FRCPC) in Medical Genetics and who are sitting another Specialty Examination will be exempt from writing the General Knowledge Examination.

Examination Registration:

Exam dates

Dates revised 4/9/2020 in light of the postponement and are subject to change.

Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics and Biochemical Genetics

Registration Deadline: January 15, 2020 - Late fee applies for applications received up to/including February 15, 2020. No applications are accepted after February 15.
General examination:  September 15, 2020 – Accredited Training Centre
Written Specialty:  September 16, 2020 – Accredited Training Centre
OSLEs:  October 3  or 4, 2020 – Winnipeg

Clinical Genetics Exams

As of 2012, the Clinical Genetics exams are harmonized with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Medical Genetics exams and are held annually in Ottawa, Ontario.  Information regarding the Royal College examinations can be found at the following links:

Save the Dates!


CCMG/CSCC Virtual Sessions: Indigenous Health: Time for Action - June 25, 2020

CCMG/CSCC Virtual Sessions: Differences of Sexual Differentiation/Transgender - July 16, 2020

General Examination (3 hours)  - September 15, 2020

Specialty Written Examination - September 16, 2020

OSLEs (written only) - September 17, 2020

45th Annual Scientific Meeting in St. John’s, NL - June 12-16, 2021 - Delta St John's Hotel and Conference Centre