international pharmacy graduates (IPG)
If you obtained your pharmacy degree outside of Canada or the United States, here are the steps to register with the College:
Note: Steps 4, 5 and 6 can be completed in any order.
Note: If you are using DHL to deliver materials to the College, we recommend providing the tracking number to firstname.lastname@example.org to facilitate a more efficient delivery process. Ensure to address your package to: College of Pharmacists of BC, Attention: Registration Department.
- Enroll with Pharmacists' Gateway Canada and apply for PEBC for the Document Evaluation and Evaluating exam
Effective August 20, 2014, all international pharmacy graduates that have not engaged with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) (ie. have not started the Document Evaluation Process) prior to this date, must now register first through the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada.
All IPG applicants must successfully complete the Document Evaluation and PEBC Evaluating exam before starting the registration process with the College.
- Pre-register with the College
Please allow at least 30 business days for processing.
Checklist for Pre-Registration - IPG
Application for Pre-Registration - IPG
Note: the application processing time is due to the completion of the criminal record check (CRC) process. 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;
- an updated certificate of standing cannot be provided; or
- a certificate of standing cannot be provided as you were never registered in another jurisdiction.
See Related Resources below for a sample.
SIN cards that are submitted must be attached with a valid work permit, if applicable.
- Successfully complete the English Language Proficiency (ELP)
If you obtained your pharmacy degree outside of Canada or the continental USA, you are required to complete an ELP assessment. Test scores must be submitted directly from the Testing Agency to the College, or for IELTS, by fax or email to be verified online. You may compare your test scores to the scores listed under the “Minimum score with SEM” column of Appendix 1.
ELP results are valid for 2 years from the test date.Refer to Registration Committee Policies-1 and 10 for details.
The minimum scores must be met for each of the criteria, including the IELTS overall band score. There are no exceptions.
- Successfully complete the Jurisprudence Examination (JE)
Results are valid for 3 years from the exam date in accordance with Registration Committee Policy-10.
- Successfully complete the Structured Practical Training (SPT) offered in The Canadian Pharmacy Practice Programme (CP3)
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.
SPT results are valid for 3 years from the completion date.
Refer to Registration Committee Policies-6 and 10 for details.
- Successfully complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Exam – Part I (MCQ) and Part II (OSCE)
Visit the PEBC website for more information.
If you completed the PEBC Qualifying Exam before May 2001, you are required to complete the PEBC Qualifying Exam Part II.
- Apply to be a Full 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.
- Apply for Drug Administration (Optional)
Refer to the Certification for Drug Administration by Injection and Intranasal Route page for more information.
You are now registered as a Full 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.
Note: Effective December 1, 2020, all newly registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians needing access to PharmaNet must enrol in PRIME by applying to the Ministry of Health and obtain approval to access PharmaNet. You may complete Step 1 of the enrollment process at any time, but you should only complete Step 2 of the enrollment process after 8pm on the day your Full registration is granted and a registration number is issued or else your approval will be delayed. For more information, visit the PRIME web page or contact PRIME@gov.bc.ca.