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Accreditation of Simulation Programs

Simulation programs accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada enjoy national recognition thanks to a rigorous peer review process that measures their ability to meet the highest standards in administration, education and ethics.

Simulation-based learning activities are planned and delivered according to the latest educational research, and have a demonstrated impact on patient safety and quality care provided by health professionals.

Our simulation programs demonstrate their adherence to accreditation standards within each of the following domains: mission statement and governance, infrastructure, education, research, and patient safety and the health care system.

Simulation Program Accreditation Standards
How your program will benefit
Important business dates
Application details and fees
Accredited Simulation Programs

How your program will benefit

Royal College-accredited simulation programs enjoy national recognition because they are:

  • leaders in simulation and in promoting educational and ethical standards
  • part of a national framework of clinical educators with expertise in CanMEDS, professional development and simulation-based education
  • focused on inter-professionalism and patient safety
  • able to assign credits within the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program
  • able to influence other programs and simulation systems
  • collaborators in the development of scholarship and research in education
  • supported by the Royal College through access to education experts, web-based tools, Simulation Summit the National CPD Accreditation Conference and customized coaching


All health care simulation programs in Canada are invited to apply to become a Royal College-accredited simulation program. Applicants must be not-for-profit organizations with a formal governance structure. They must also be accountable to and serve medical professionals through continuing professional development and research activities.

Important dates and schedule

The accreditation process has multiple components, including the completion of a self-evaluation questionnaire, an onsite peer-review and a final review by the CPD Accreditation Committee.

The Royal College conducts the reviews on the following schedule:

  • submission of the application form April 1
  • site peer review takes June - August
  • the CPD Accreditation Committee meets in September to adjudicate applications
  • the accreditation cycle is typically between three to five years from date of approval
  • accreditation must be renewed every three to five years

Application details and fees

Canadian organizations seeking simulation accreditation are required to pay a non-refundable administration fee of $2,500 prior to submitting their completed application form (called the Accreditation Application for Simulation Programs), which is available upon request.

Full accreditation fee is payable within two years of application. Our process operates on a cost-recovery basis, which means the remaining fees fund the conference calls, travel expenses and administrative support required for the peer reviews we conduct during your program’s accreditation cycle.

Contact us for more information: 1-800-668-3740 ext. 386 /

Accredited Simulation Programs

Organization Contact person
Apprentissage par simulation, Hôpital Montfort Alain Michon, MD
Telephone: 613-746-4621, ext. 6064
Arnold and Blema Steinberg Medical Simulation Centre Rajesh Aggarwal MBBS MA PhD
Telephone: 514-398-8978
Canadian Simulation Centre for Human Performance and Crisis Management Training Jordan Tarshis, MD
Telephone: 416-480-6100 ext. 3377
Centre d’apprentissage des attitudes et habiletés cliniques Pierre Drolet, MD
Telephone: 514-343-6250
Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation (CESEI) Karim Qayumi, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Telephone: 604-875-4499
SickKids Simulation Program Kelly McMillen
Telephone: 416-813-8190
University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC) Vicki LeBlanc, PhD
Telephone: 613-798-5555
Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre Doug Campbell, MD
Telephone: 416-864-6060 x77431
Centre de simulation Mère-Enfant Andrée Sansregret, MD
Arielle Levy, MD
Clinical Simulation Centre Robert McGraw, MD
Telephone: 613-533-3340

CPD Accreditation Program Specialist
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
774 Echo Drive
Ottawa ON K1S 5N8
1-800-668-3740 ext. 386