Pharmacist from Canada (Non-CFTA)

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: 

  1. Pre-register with the College
    Please allow at least 30 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 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 in accordance with Registration Committee Policy-10.

  3. Successfully complete the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessments (if applicable)
    1. This 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.
    2. ELP results are valid for 2 years from the test date.
    3. More information can be found in Registration Committee Policy-1 and 10.
  4. 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) requirement.

    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.

    More information can be found in Registration Committee Policy-6 and 10.

  5. 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.
  6. Apply to be a Full Pharmacist

    You may submit your Full Pharmacist registration application online after completing all required assessments listed above.All assessment results must be valid in order to be eligible to apply.You may apply in advance if you have met all other registration requirements and are only waiting for your PEBC certification results to be released.

    Use the Application Checklist for Full Pharmacist Registration to identify the required documents or information prior to submitting your application.

    To submit your Full Pharmacist Registration application, log into your eServices account, and select “Full Registration”. 

    Please allow 5 business days for processing if you have to resubmit your work authorization or Letter of Standing, or after the PEBC certification results have been released.

    You will be notified by email when there is an update to your application status.

    You will able to submit payment by credit card to complete registration when all requirements are met.

  7. Apply for Drug Administration (Optional)Remove all text and replace with: 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