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Program Certification

Standards for CPD Providers

As a provincial chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the ACFP is responsible for managing program applications for CPD activities delivered in the province of Alberta. This role also includes performing ethical reviews on sessions offered in the province.

Why Mainpro+ Certification?

  1. The Mainpro+ certification’s peer-review process ensures all content is relevant to family physicians.
  2. A Mainpro+ certification demonstrates the provider’s commitment to quality educational programming.
  3. More than 42,000 family physicians across Canada require Mainpro+ credits to maintain their CFPC membership.

How does Mainpro+ certification work?

All submitted programs are reviewed by one or more family physicians to ensure that they adhere to established criteria and standards, and that their content is relevant to family physicians.

Depending on the activity and the type of certification sought, programs might also be subject to ethical review (self-study online programs, and programs funded without for-profit financial or in-kind support are currently exempt from this step). This secondary evaluation ensures that each time a CPD program is offered, it is conducted according to ethical standards and guidelines as established by the CFPC, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Innovative Medicines formerly known as Rx&D).

How do I apply for Mainpro+ certification?

Applications must be submitted via our online certification program, CERT+. Paper-based applications will not be accepted.

Learn More About CERT+

CERT+ Online Certification

CERT+ is CFPC’s online application system for Mainpro+® certification. CERT+ allows CPD providers to complete application forms online, upload all supporting documents, and make payments with just a click of the mouse.

CERT+ allows you to:

  • Submit all application materials electronically (slide presentations, evaluations, etc.)
  • Pay administrative fees online using Visa, MasterCard, or American Express
  • Receive application status updates by email
  • Respond quickly to reviewer feedback and questions online
  • Track application progress online
  • Complete ethical review submissions online
First time CERT+ User? Register Here | Returning CERT+ User? Log In Here | Questions? Contact the CFPC at or 1-866-242-5885

Ready to Submit an Application


Program Application

Mainpro+® (Maintenance of Proficiency) is the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) program designed to support and promote continuing professional development (CPD) for family physicians.


Program review commences once all CFPC scientific planning members have confirmed their involvement in the program’s development. Payment of the application fee does not guarantee Mainpro+ certification.

Applications should be submitted at least 6 weeks before the program date.

Documents Required:
Depending on the application type, the required documents may vary.

  • Completed conflict of interest forms for all scientific planning committee members and speakers known at the time of the application
  • Completed CFPC conflict of interest slides
  • Program brochure and/or invitation and/or agenda
  • Full program content (slide decks, workbooks, tools, resources, etc.), when applicable
  • Needs assessment tools and results
  • Evaluation format/forms
  • Previous evaluation results (when applicable)
  • Speaker communication template (when applicable)
  • If the program has for-profit financial support, copies of the sponsor product and corporate branding are required

Ethical Review

Ethical review ensures compliance of the following with CFPC certification standards and guidelines for ethical conduct as outlined by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Guidelines for Physicians in Interactions with Industry (2007) and the Innovative Medicines Canada Code of Ethical Practices (2018).

When is it required: Programs applications that have received certification from either the National or Provincial certifying body and have disclosed for-profit sponsorship.

After receiving notification from the CFPC of program approval, but before you offer an approved Mainpro+ program to physicians, you must complete and submit the ethical review form along with ethical review fee payment using the CERT+ platform.

Note: Ethical Reviews must be submitted at least 10 business days before the session date.

Documents Required:

  • Conflict of Interest Forms
  • Conflict of Interest Slides
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Evaluation Form
  • Invitation

My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.