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
    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. 

    An updated certificate of standing required if you did not apply within 12 months of your pre-registration application.

  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