To practice as a pharmacist in British Columbia, you must be registered as a Full Pharmacist by completing the College’s application process. Your first step is to pre-register with the College through the applicable category. Once you have met all the requirements, you can then apply for Full Pharmacist Registration.
Use the table below to determine which pre-registration category is applicable to you and refer to the specific webpage for steps to complete your registration process:
Pre-Registration Category Description of Category Pharmacist from Canada (CFTA) For pharmacists currently registered as a practising pharmacist in another Canadian province or territory. Pharmacist from Canada (Non-CFTA) For pharmacists who were previously registered or is listed in the non-patient care register in another Canadian province or territory. Pharmacist from United States For pharmacists currently or previously registered as a practicing pharmacist in the United States. International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) For pharmacists currently registered outside of Canada or the U.S., or for pharmacy graduates who obtained their pharmacy degree outside of Canada or the U.S. (non-CCAPP/ACPE accredited). Student Pharmacist (UBC) For students enrolled in the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). New Pharmacy Graduate from Canada For new pharmacy graduates from another province or territory in Canada (CCAPP accredited pharmacy program). New Pharmacy Graduate from United States For new pharmacy graduates from the United States (ACPE accredited pharmacy program).
A pre-registration application is valid for 3 years. If you do not quality or apply for Full Pharmacist registration within 3 years of receipt of the pre-registration application, you must re-apply for pre-registration in accordance with Registration Committee Policy-9. For UBC pharmacy students, you must complete registration as a Full Pharmacist by January 31 of the following year after graduation in accordance with Registration Committee Policy-9. Otherwise, you will be required to pre-register in the New Pharmacy Graduate from Canada category prior to being able to register as a Full Pharmacist.
The categories (and the links) in the table above are intended for applicants who wish to apply for Full Pharmacist Registration. If you are a pharmacy student from a pharmacy school outside BC and wish to complete your practicum/structured practical training or will be providing pharmacy services under the supervision of a Full Pharmacist in BC, you must registered as a Student Pharmacist with the College before you begin your practicum. Steps to complete the registration for this category can be found here: Pharmacy Student from Outside BC
- Full Pharmacist Registration
The steps are requirements to complete your Full Pharmacist Registration is outlined on the same webpage as your pre-registration category (see table above).
Details of the required assessments (except PEBC certification) can be found on their respective resource page under Registration Resources as well as the appropriate Registration Committee Policy(ies).
Your application will be reviewed within 5 business days upon receipt of payment and required documents, including your PEBC result.
The College will send you a confirmation notice by email once your Full Pharmacist Registration has been completed and your registration number has been issued. At that time, you will be able to access your registration card through eServices and you may practice as a pharmacist in BC.
Your registration certificate will be mailed to you in 8 weeks.
Your registration is valid for 12 months and must be renewed annually. For more information, see registration renewal.
Other Registration Classes for Pharmacists
The College also has other registration classes:
- Limited Pharmacist
- A pharmacist who has not completed all the requirements for Full Pharmacist Registration, approved by the Registration Committee, may provide pharmacy services under the supervision of a Full Pharmacist.
- Applications for this registration class must be reviewed by the Registration Committee pursuant to section 44(1)(a)(iii) and section 44(1)(b)(iii) of the HPA Bylaws. This extends the time period for processing the application. The Registration Committee may grant an applicant Limited Pharmacist Registration if, in its opinion, the applicant is capable of practising as a Limited Pharmacist without any risk to public health and safety.
- Limited Pharmacist registration may be renewed twice and must not exceed 3 years from your initial registration.
- Application Form - Limited Pharmacist
Use the information and resources below to ensure that you have all of the necessary documentation for your pre-registration and/or full registration application. You may want to print this page to use as a reference. Specific requirements for pre-registration and full registration can be found in the information page for your category (refer to the table above).
All required documents must be mailed to the College office at 200 – 1765 West 8th Ave, Vancouver BC V6J 5C6. Faxed or scanned copies via email will not be accepted.
Submitting Your Documents
- Submit both sides of any documents that are double-sided, e.g. birth certificate, Canadian Citizenship card or certificate.
- Documents in a language other than English must be translated by a certified translator.
- Documents that are required to be notarized must be completed by a Notary Public or lawyer. Other professionals will not be accepted.
The processing of your application will be completed only when the College receives all required documents and your Criminal Record Check (CRC) result from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (“the Ministry”).
You must mail in your required documents. Your application will be reviewed within 5 business days upon receipt of payment and documents. You will be notified by email if there are any outstanding requirements.
The registration process takes at least 30 business days to complete due to the CRC process. Processing times may be extended if additional adjudication or fingerprinting is required by the Ministry.
A confirmation email will be sent to you upon completion of the registration process.
Registration fees can be found in the HPA Fee Schedule. All fees are non-refundable.
Acceptable methods of payment are Visa card, Mastercard, bank drafts or money order.