New Pharmacy Graduate from Canada

New Pharmacy Graduate from Canada

If you are a recent pharmacy graduate from a Canadian University, here are the steps to register with the College:

Note that if you have graduated more than 3 years ago and not registered as a pharmacists in Canada or the US, you must complete the Structured Practical Training (SPT) requirement in accordance with Registration Committee Policy-6.

Quebec Graduates: The English Language Proficiency (ELP) is a requirement if you graduated from a Quebec Pharmacy Programme.  Refer to Registration Committee Policy-1 for details and contact the College's registration department if you have any questions.

Note: Step 2 and 3 can be completed in any order.

  1. Pre-Register with the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia

    You may apply for pre-registration in the final year of your pharmacy program or after you have graduated.
    Please allow at least 30 business days for processing. 
    Checklist for Pre-Registration - New Graduate (Canada)
    Application for Pre-Registration - New Graduate (Canada)
    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. See Related Resources below for a sample.

  2. Successfully complete the Jurisprudence Examination (JE)

    Jurisprudence Exam Information

    Results are valid for 3 years from the exam date.

  3. Successfully complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Exam – Part I (MCQ) and Part II (OSCE)
    Visit the PEBC wesbite for more information.
  4. 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.

    Checklist for Full Pharmacist Registration
    Application for Full Pharmacist Registration

    Professional Liability Insurance - all 3 criteria listed in the professional liability insurance section are required for registration.

  5. Apply for Drug Administration (Optional)
    Refer to the Certification for Drug Administration by Injection and Intranasal Route page for more information.

You're 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