Canadian Certification Council of Pathologists’ Assistants
FAQ Sheet June 2017
- If I am a member of the Pathologists’ Assistant Section of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (PA Section of the CAP-ACP), do I have to apply for certification via the CCCPA-CCCAP in order to become certified?
- Yes, you will have to apply for certification (and remit payment) via the CCCPA-CCCAP even if you are a member of the PA Section of the CAP-ACP.
- The certification criteria to become certified via the CCCPA-CCCAP are the same as the membership criteria to the PA Section of the CAP-ACP. Can I use the same paperwork I used to apply for the PA Sectioin of the CAP-ACP to apply for certification with the CCCPA-CCCAP?
- Yes, if you applied for membership of the PA Section after the 2014 AGM then you can submit the exact same paperwork to apply for certification via the CCCPA-CCCAP.
- I already wrote the PA Section of the CAP-ACP membership exam. Do I have to write the certification exam?
- No, if you already passed the membership exam to the PA Section of the CAP-ACP, you do not have to write the certification exam. Submit proof of passing the PA Section membership exam when you submit your application for certification via the CCCAP-CCCAP.
- Do I have to be a certified PA to work in Canada as a PA?
- Right now, Patholgists’ Assitants are not regulated in Canada. This means that at this time, PAs are not legally required to be certified in order to perform PA job duties. However, some employers may request that their PAs be certified, and may state that they require certification as a condition of hire of a PA. That decision is that of the individual employer’s.
Please see the CCCPA-CCCAP website for more information at:
- last updated June 2017 -