Become a Member

Candidates wishing to pursue CCM membership and certification must first apply to become Associate Members. Application for this introductory category allows for the preliminary assessment of the candidate’s background and training in microbiology.

A candidate that has met the educational and experience requirements and has been accepted as an Associate Microbiologist is then eligible to progress to CCM certifications in the Registered Microbiologist and Specialist Microbiologist categories. Candidates for the FCCM certification must contact Dr. Heather Adam, the chair of the FCCM committee, for a preliminary evaluation.

  • Begin by downloading the general CCM Application Form designed to document the academic record, work experience and references. Please provide transcripts of formal training, names and addresses of past employers and persons designated as references.
  • Send the application to the Registrar together with a cheque for $110.00 as the application fee to the address provided.

Registered Microbiologist (RMCCM)

The following routes are available to achieve this certification. a) Graduates from a Canadian University with a BSc degree in Microbiology or closely related field which must include 30 credits of university level courses in Microbiology (where 1 credit =15 hours per semester), who have an additional 2 years of microbiology experience consisting of either documented work experience or advanced study in microbiology are eligible for certification. b) Graduates from a Canadian University with a BSc degree in a field related field to Microbiology which must include 15 credits of university level courses in Microbiology (where 1 credit =15 hours per semester), who have an additional 5 years of microbiology experience consisting of either documented work experience or advanced study in microbiology are eligible for certification. c) Graduates from a Canadian university with BSc degree that have accumulated less than 15 credits of university level courses in microbiology must write the RMCCM examination.

Graduates from universities outside of Canada, with a BSc degree or advanced degree or equivalent in Microbiology, must write the RMCCM examination. These candidates must have their transcripts assessed by the International Credential Evaluation Services (ICES) or World Education Services, Canada (WES) at their own expense prior to being approved to take the examination.

To apply for certification please click the CERTIFICATIONS section on the home page and the field RMCCM. Open the URL, complete the application form and send it to the Registrar together with the required transcripts, letters of reference. Please send the application fee to the Treasurer.

Candidates that are required to write the exam, must pass within three attempts in 2 years following which a new application fee must be submitted. Applicants that do not meet the educational and other requirements to be candidates for certification will have their fees refunded.

Specialist Microbiologist (SCCM)

Candidates certified as RMCCM may pursue further certification in the category of Specialist. To qualify for a specialist certification the candidate must have accumulated at least 150 continuing education credits over the past 5 consecutive years and must have had the following microbiology experience: If the highest degree was a B.Sc., 9 years of experience. If the highest degree was an M.Sc., 8 years of experience.  If the highest degree was a Doctoral degree, 6 years of experience. The candidate must pass a Specialist Microbiologist examination in the respective category (MLS, ENV or COM) to be awarded this certification.

To apply for SCCM certification please click the CERTIFICATIONS section on the home page and the field SCCM. Open the URL, complete the application form and send it to the Registrar together with the required transcripts, letters of reference and the application fee.

Candidates must pass within three attempts in 2 years following which a new application fee must be submitted. Applicants that do not meet the educational and other requirements to be candidates for certification will have their fees refunded.

Fellow in Clinical Microbiology (FCCM)

Certification in this category can be obtained through two venues. a) Candidates who have received a doctoral degree and have successfully completed a university affiliated post-doctoral program in Clinical Microbiology that is accredited by the CCM and have passed both the written and oral examinations are awarded this certification. b) Candidates who have received a doctoral degree and have completed 3 years of service, meeting the requirements, defined in the professional eligibility guidelines as a microbiologist in a university affiliated hospital or public health clinical microbiology laboratory are eligible for examination. The candidates must pass the written and oral examination to be awarded certification.

To apply for FCCM certification please click the CERTIFICATIONS section on the home page and the field FCCM. Open the URL, complete the application form and send it to the Chair of the FCCM committee together with the required transcripts, letters of reference and the application fee.

Candidates who are certified as Diplomates of the American Board of Medical Microbiology may apply for CCM certification as Fellows of the Canadian College of Microbiologists under a reciprocity agreement between the two certifying bodies.  To apply for CCM certification please click the CERTIFICATIONS section on the home page and the field FCCM.  Open the Reciprocity URL, complete the form and send it to the Chair of the FCCM committee.

Academic Research Microbiologist (ARMCCM)

This certification of ARMCCM is conferred on microbiologists in acknowledgement of widely recognized excellence in the field. The contributions of the candidate are subjected to rigorous evaluation by the ARMCCM committee and the Board of Directors.

It is strongly recommended that candidates be nominated for the ARMCCM certification by a member of the CCM. Candidates must complete the application form and submit it together with their academic curriculum vitae and the registration fee to the Registrar.  To access the guidelines for application and  the application forms, please click the CERTIFICATIONS section on the home page and the field ARMCCM.

Benefits of becoming a Member of the CCM

  • Certification as a professional Microbiologist. This is a valuable professional recognition to both microbiologists and their employers as it attests that the Microbiologist has achieved a level of training and experience to be certified in the field.
  • Support for maintaining proficiency in microbiology. To maintain certification, Microbiologists must participate in a continuing education program recognized by earning credits through the College.
  • Involvement in promoting the discipline of microbiology though both personal growth as well as having an enhanced potential for training new microbiologists.
  • Involvement in the functions of the College by serving on committees and other functions.