Pharmacist from Canada (Non-CFTA)
If you are listed in the non-patient care register in a province/territory that has a two-part register (patient care and non-patient care), you must complete the steps below. If you choose to transfer to the patient-care register prior to registering in BC, you will be eligible to register under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).
Note: Step 3, 4 and 5 can be completed in any order.
Here are the steps to register with the College:
- Pre-register with the College
Please allow at least 20 business days for processing.
Checklist for Pre-Registration - Canada (Non-CFTA)
Application for Pre-Registration - Canada (Non-CFTA)
Note: the application processing time is due to the criminal record check (CRC) process which can take at least 20 business days. If adjudication or fingerprinting is required for the CRC, then the processing time will be further extended.
A notarized affidavit is required if your name is not the same on all identification submitted or you cannot provide the supporting documents for the name differences. See Related Resources below for a sample.
- Successfully complete the Jurisprudence Examination (JE)
JE Information Guide
Online Registration: eServices
- Exam Date: October 23, 2017
- Registration Deadline: October 1, 2017
- Results Released: 1 month after exam - sent via Canada Post
JE Orientation Presentation (mp4) (mp3)
Note: Effective July 26, 2016 (subsequent to the production of the audio/podcast files above), it is now within the scope of nurse practitioner practice to prescribe, compound, administer or dispense controlled drugs and substances in accordance with the standards, limits and conditions set by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia.
Drug Schedule - provided at exam
Results are valid for 3 years from the test date.
- If you have less than 1000 patient-care hours in the last 3 years as a registered pharmacist in Canada or the US, you must complete the Structured Practical Training (SPT) program.
To fulfill the requirements of the College's SPT program, the only available option is to enroll in the Canadian Pharmacy Practice Programme (CP3) through the University of British Columbia - Division of Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development.
Enrolment in the full program is required.
ELP requirements must be successfully met prior to applying for the SPT/CP3 program. You must also have authorization to work in Canada.
Do not register for the CP3/SPT program until your pre-registration with the College is complete.
- If you completed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Exam before May 2001, you are required to complete the PEBC Qualifying Exam – Part II (OSCE)
Visit the PEBC website for more information.
- Apply to be a full registered pharmacist
If paying by credit card, please allow 5 business days for processing. However, if paying by cheque please allow 10 – 12 business days for processing.
Professional Liability Insurance - all 3 criteria listed in the professional liability insurance section are required for registration.
An updated certificate of standing required if you did not apply within 12 months of your pre-registration application.
The English Language Proficiency exam (ELP) is a requirement for Quebec pharmacists who graduated from a pharmacy program in Quebec or a non-CCAPP accredited program. Contact the College's registration department for more information.
ELP Information Guide
ELP results are valid for 2 years from the test date.
You're now a fully registered pharmacist. The College will send you a confirmation notice and issue a certificate of registration. You may access your registration card through eServices. Registration must be renewed annually. You will receive an email reminder six weeks before your renewal deadline.