Pharmacy Technician from Canada (CFTA)

Pharmacy Technician from Canada (CFTA) 

If you are a registered, practicing pharmacy technician in good standing from another Canadian province/territory, you can register through the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).
The CFTA allows your current qualifications as a pharmacy technician registered in a Canadian jurisdiction to be recognized, and therefore you are not required to complete any additional assessments. However, if you are on the non-patient care or non-practising register in a province/territory, you will need to transfer to the province’s patient care or practising category in order to apply through the CFTA category. 
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 Pharmacy Technician – Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
    Application for Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician – Canadian Free Trade Agreement (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. Review the legislation under the Resource tab
    You need to be familiar with all legislation relevant to pharmacy practice in B.C. in order to complete the Declaration of Currency with Legislation and Practice Standards page of the application form.
  3. Apply to be a registered pharmacy technician

    You may submit your Pharmacy Technician registration application online after your pre-registration application is processed.

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

    To submit your Pharmacy Technician 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.

    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.

  4. Completing Additional Training (Optional)

    Additional training is required for working in a pharmacy that provides specific types of pharmacy services (e.g. Opioid Agonist Treatment).  If this training applies to you, you are required to submit a declaration through eServices upon successful completion of the training.  Please visit the College website at: for more information.

You are now a registered pharmacy technician. 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