Pharmacist from the United States

Pharmacist from the United States

If you are or were a registered pharmacist in the United States, here are the steps to register with the College:

Note: Steps 2, 3 and 5 can be completed in any order.

Note: If you are using DHL to deliver materials to the College, we recommend providing the tracking number to info@bcpharmacists.org to facilitate a more efficient delivery process. Ensure to address your package to: College of Pharmacists of BC, Attention: Registration Department.

  1. Pre-register with the College

    Please allow at least 30 business days for processing.
    Checklist for Pre-Registration - USA
    Application for Pre-Registration - USA
    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.

    SIN cards that are submitted must be attached with a valid work permit, if applicable.

  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 Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Exam – Part I (MCQ) and Part II (OSCE)

    Visit the PEBC website for more information

    If you completed the PEBC Qualifying Exam before May 2001, you are required to successfully complete the PEBC Qualifying Examination Part II.

    Effective August 20, 2014, all US pharmacy graduates that have not initiated the certification process with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) prior to this date, must now register first through the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada before applying for the PEBC Qualifying Exam.

    NAPRA: Pharmacists' Gateway Canada

    If you did not graduate from a CCAPP or ACPE accredited pharmacy program, you will also be required to write the PEBC Evaluating Exam prior to being eligible for the PEBC Qualifying Exam.

  4. Successfully complete the English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment

    ELP results are valid for 2 years from the exam date.

    This is a requirement for pharmacists who did not graduate from a CCAPP or ACPE accredited pharmacy program in the continental US.

    More information can be found in Registration Committee Policy-1.

  5. If you have less than 1000 patient-care hours in the last 3 years as a registered pharmacist in Canada or the U.S., you must complete the Structured Practical Training (SPT) program

    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. 

    You can begin to register for the CP3 program once you have submitted your pre-registration application, and received your eServices ID number. However your pre-registration must be completed and ELP requirements must be met before you can begin the SPT component of the CP3 program.

    SPT results are valid for 3 years from the completion date.

    Refer to Registration Committee Policies-6 and 10 for details.

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

You are now 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 PRIME@gov.bc.ca.