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:

If you do not register as a full pharmacist before December 31st of your graduating year, have graduated more than 3 years ago and have not worked more than 1000 hours as a registered pharmacist in Canada or the US, you must complete the Structured Practical Training (SPT) Programme.

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 test 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 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.

    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)
    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.. 
    Application for Certification – Drug Administration by Injection and Intranasal Route 

Quebec Graduates: The English Language Proficiency (ELP) is a requirement if you graduated from a Quebec Pharmacy Programme.  Please 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.