Fellow of the Canadian College of Microbiologists (FCCM)

Fellow of the Canadian College of Microbiologists (FCCM)
This certification recognizes the expertise in clinical microbiology of microbiologists holding doctoral degrees who have pursued additional training in clinical microbiology. Clinical Microbiologists have appointments in hospital, public health or private diagnostic laboratories with a mandate to provide clinical direction and responsibility for the testing being performed.

The scope of activity of Clinical Microbiologists is defined in the following document.

FCCM Scope of Activity.2012


1) Candidates wishing to apply for certification as a Fellow of the Canadian College of Microbiologists must have completed training in a CCM or CPEP- accredited program or apply for reciprocity subsequent to becoming a Diplomate of the ABMM. The professional service eligibility category is no longer recognized by the College for FCCM certification.

To apply for entry to the examination as a Fellow of the Canadian College of Microbiologists, please click on the URL below to obtain the application form and submit the complete form to the Chair of the FCCM committee.

Please note, individuals enrolled in a 3 year training program may be eligible for the FCCM examination during their 3rd year of training.  Please contact the FCCM Chair for further information.

FCCM Exam Application Form 2019

2) For candidates that are certified as D(ABMM) please click on the URL below to obtain the form for certification as FCCM through the reciprocity agreement.  Please submit the complete form to the Chair of the FCCM committee.

Note 1: Diplomates of the ABMM who have previously unsuccessfully attempted the FCCM exam are ineligible as FCCM via reciprocity (effective January 25, 2017).  As of January 25, 2020, only Diplomates of the ABMM who completed a CPEP or CCM-accredited training program will be eligible to apply for FCCM reciprocity.

Note 2: Reciprocity is awarded as a one-time process.  All FCCM members, following the successful completion of the FCCM exams or individuals recognized by reciprocity, must recertify following the CCM process.

FCCM Reciprocity Form 2017

Exam Information

1) Candidates interested in taking the FCCM exam, please click on the URL below for general  information pertaining to the exam.

FCCM Exam Information 2018

2) For detailed information on the FCCM syllabus and sample questions that would typically be asked on the exam please click on the URL below.

FCCM Syllabus

FCCM Recertification

Members wishing to maintain their FCCM certification must be recertified by the College every three years.  A candidate who has accumulated 150 contact hours of continuing education during the respective 3 year period will be considered eligible for recertification.  The listing of continuing education credits is to be submitted on the Continuing Education form under the CE credit section.  Members who have both FCCM and D(ABMM) status may submit proof of ABMM recertification in lieu of detailed contact hours.  Recertification fees are $150.00 payable by cheque to the Canadian College of Microbiologists.

For additional information on the FCCM program, please contact the chair of the FCCM Committee at