The Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM) was established in 1979 to recognize proven competence in physics as applied to medicine. Candidates with suitable educational background and experience become members of the college by passing examinations. CCPM certification is becoming widely accepted in Canada and other countries and is often required at senior levels in medical physics.
The mission of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM) is to serve the public by identifying through certification individuals who have acquired, demonstrated, and maintained a requisite standard of knowledge, skill and understanding essential to the clinical practice of medical physics.
Medical physicists who satisfy certain educational and experience criteria are certified by examination to the level of Member or Fellow. Membership certifies medical physics competence in the delivery of patient care and requires maintenance through recertification, while fellowship attests to excellence in the provision of clinical service, education and/or research. This provides the necessary mechanism for medical institutions to ensure that a high standard of medical physics services are available for patient care.
The College is governed by a Board of individuals elected by the membership. Details of the positions and their terms are in the bylaws.
CCPM certified medical physicists also belong to the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP), a professional organization for medical physicists in Canada. The CCPM and COMP are independent organizations but they maintain a close relationship.
An annual membership fee is set jointly by COMP and CCPM. Members and Fellows are required to pay COMP membership fees to maintain certification status.
Further information on the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine may be obtained by contacting the Registrar.