Recognition for your commitment to leadership

In the complex and ever-changing field of health care, it takes significant commitment, effort and time to make leadership a priority. We believe this achievement deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated. Learn more about the PLI certificate and CCPE credential.

Physician Leadership Institute (PLI)certificate 

Every step you take in your leadership development counts. That’s why the Physician Leadership Institute has created a new certificate recognizing physicians that have taken courses to deepen their knowledge of fundamental leadership concepts, theories and skills.

Benefits of the PLI certificate

  • Demonstrates that you’ve acquired the knowledge you need to be an effective leader
  • Can be an asset as you progress into leadership positions
  • Can act as a stepping stone to CCPE

Requirements to apply

  • Completion of 5 PLI courses within the last 5 years*
  • Any course format applies: face-to-face, online and in-house
  • Be a CMA member in good standing. Not a member? Join

No deadline to apply – get your certificate any time

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*Note: 2-day face-to-face courses (open enrollment or in-house) qualify; 1-day courses will be valued at 0.5 credit towards the certificate.

Canadian Certified Physician Executive Credential

“Physician leadership and getting the CCPE credential was a warm and welcome reminder of the great value that physicians bring forward as leaders in society. It has enhanced my energy and drive to be an even better leader in health, helping colleagues and society work harder towards optimal health for all.” – Dr. David Torr

The Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) credential, a joint venture between Joule and the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL), recognizes and advances physician leadership and excellence through a national, peer-generated, standards-based assessment process.

How to earn the credential

Those who earn the credential have demonstrated that they have the leadership capabilities, knowledge and skills needed to succeed ― and to direct, influence and orchestrate change in Canada's complex health care system. There are two ways to achieve the credential.

PLI - academic route

Practice eligibility route

How to apply

Once you have selected your chosen route, download and complete the appropriate forms below, including the 2018 Assessment form. You will be assessed through a peer-review process against a set of leadership capabilities. Eligibility criteria must also be met.

Download and complete these forms: 

2018 PLI-academic route application form
2018 Practice eligibility route application form
2018 Assessment form

These leadership capabilities are described in the widely endorsed LEADS in a Caring Environmental framework . Using this framework, a three-pronged approach to the leadership assessment is employed: physicians self-assess, their referees assess and a physician peer assessment panel assesses.

Choose and confirm three referees.
Referees must attest to your leadership capabilities (skills, knowledge, ability) as observed in your work environment. They must include: 

  • the individual to whom you currently report
  • a physician colleague 
  • an individual of your choosing who is in a position to comment on your leadership capabilities as related to the LEADS framework    

Pay the application/assessment fee - $1,050 + applicable taxes

In order to pay online you must have an active cma.ca account

Pay online (Visa, MasterCard and AMEX) or make cheques payable to the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. 

CCPE Secretariat 
c/o Canadian Society of Physician leaders 
875 Carling Avenue, Suite 323 
Ottawa ON K1S 5P1 

Submit application package by October 31, 2018

Each spring the cohort of successful CCPE recipients will assemble, celebrate and receive public recognition at the Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership, held in a major Canadian city.


Maintaining your certification is an integral part of the credential process and demonstrates your commitment to lifelong learning to your organization, peers and the health care community. Your CCPE credential is valid for five years. You will officially be notified of this requirement about nine months prior to the annual recertification expiration date of June 1. If at that time you decide not to renew your CCPE, please officially notify the CCPE Secretariat.

2019 Recertification Application Form

How to recertify

To renew your certification at the end of five years, you must:

  1. Maintain good standing and membership
    • physician in continuous good standing with applicable provincial licensing body
    • membership with the CMA and CSPL
  2. Participate in ongoing professional leadership development and education
    • Proof of a minimum 40 CPD leadership credits earned in the previous five years, including attendance at a minimum one Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership. Unaccredited activities that support your leadership growth will be considered.
    • NOTE: While we encourage continued attendance at PLI courses, they are not a recertification requirement.
  3. Continue to accumulate leadership accomplishments
    • provide information on recertification application demonstrating that leadership capabilities continue to be met at the mastery level in the LEADS domains of “Develop coalitions” and “System transformation”.
  4. Provide letter of attestation
    • signed attestation is submitted by an individual (confidentially and independently) to whom the physician is accountable that verifies the CCPE’s self-reflection statement on personal leadership capabilities.
  5. Pay recertification application fee
    • $250 plus applicable taxes (on or before June 1 in year due); this administrative fee offsets review of your recertification application by a physician peer assessment panel. 

In order to pay online you must have an active cma.ca account

Credit card payments can be made online.

Cheques payable to CSPL are mailed to:

CCPE Secretariat 
c/o Canadian Society of Physician leaders 
875 Carling Avenue, Suite 323 
Ottawa ON K1S 5P1 

The recertification process

The CCPE Recertification Peer Assessment Panel will review your submission and determine whether or not the requirements for recertification have been met. You will be notified, in writing, of the outcome of the recertification application review.

If recertification application is approved – You may use the designation for an additional five years, assuming you remain an active member of both the CMA and CSPL. 

If recertification application is not approved – You will be contacted by the CCPE Secretariat. Failure to recertify (i.e. unpaid fees by June 1 or non-submission of recertification application) will be grounds for revoking CCPE designation.

Need more information?

Profiling a CCPE recipient

Sample referee assessment

Review guidelines

Frequently asked questions

Still have questions?


613-369-8322 x 200

CCPE Secretariat 
c/o Canadian Society of Physician leaders 
875 Carling Avenue, Suite 323 
Ottawa ON K1S 5P1