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

    The Pharmacy Technician registration application can be submitted at the same time as the Pre-registration application.

    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 Pharmacy Technician Registration
    Application for Pharmacy Technician Registration 

    Professional Liability Insurance - all 3 criteria listed in the professional liability insurance section are required for registration.

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

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