Pharmacy Technician Registration

Pharmacy Technician Registration

To practice as a pharmacy technician in British Columbia, you must be registered as a Pharmacy Technician 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 Pharmacist Technician Registration.

  1. Pre-Registration
    Review the category descriptions in the table below or refer to Appendix 1 of the Application Checklist for Pre-Registration/Student Pharmacist Registration to determine your pre-registration category, and refer to the relevant webpage for steps to complete the registration process.

    Pre-Registration Category Description of Category
    Pharmacy Technician from Canada (CFTA) Pharmacy technicians currently registered as a practising pharmacy technician in another Canadian province or territory.
    New Pharmacy Technician Graduate from Canada New graduates of a CCAPP accredited pharmacy technician program.

    Collect all required documents for your registration category by referring to the Application Checklist for Pre-Registration prior to accessing the online Pre-registration module on eServices. Note that some documents require notarization by a Notary Public or lawyer. 

    When ready:

    1. Create an account by following the instructions on eServices. If you forgot your username or eServices ID, contact the Registration Department at [email protected]. If you forgot your password, click on the “Forgot password” link on the eServices login page. Do not create multiple accounts as your information will not be merged.
    2. Complete the application form online and submit the required documents electronically through the Online Pre-Registration Module on eServices. Ensure all documents are scanned in accordance with the requirements outlined in the College’s Scanning Guidelines and Checklist for Document Submissions. Submitted documents will be rejected if they do not meet the scanning requirements.

    A pre-registration application is valid for 3 years. If you do not qualify or apply for Pharmacy Technician registration within three years of receipt of the pre-registration application, you must re-apply for pre-registration in accordance with Registration Committee Policy-9. If you need to re-apply for pre-registration, email the completed HPA Form 7B Application for Pre-Registration (Pharmacy Technician) to the Registration Department at [email protected] as you will not be able to use the online pre-registration module to re-apply

    You will be notified by email when there is an update to your application status.

    You will receive a confirmation email when your pre-registration is complete.

  2. Pharmacy Technician Registration

    Information regarding assessments (except PEBC certification) can be found on their respective resource page under Registration Resources, as well as the appropriate Registration Committee Policy(ies). For information regarding PEBC certification, visit the PEBC website.

    Once you have completed the pre-registration and applicable assessment requirements outlined on the webpage of your pre-registration category (see table above), you may apply for Pharmacy Technician Registration online through eServices.

    Prior to submitting your Pharmacy Technician Registration application, refer to the Application Checklist for Pharmacy Technician Registration to identify and collect the required documents and/or information.

    Once you have submitted your online application, it will be reviewed within 5 business days. Any changes or updates (including the addition of PEBC certification results) made to your application will require up to 5 business days for review.

    You will be notified by email of any updates to your application status by the College.

    You will be able to submit payment by credit card to complete your Pharmacy Technician registration application when all requirements are met and documents submitted (if any) have all been reviewed and approved. 

    Once your Pharmacy Technician Registration is completed, a confirmation email with your registration number will be sent to you. At that time, you will be able to access your registration card through eServices and you may practice as a pharmacy technician 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.​

General Information

Refer to the application checklists below to ensure that you have all of the necessary documentation to submit with your pre-registration and/or Pharmacy Technician registration application.:

  1. Application Checklist for Pre-Registration
  2. Application Checklist for Pharmacy Technician Registration

You must ensure all required documents are scanned in accordance with the College’s Scanning Guidelines and Checklist for Document Submissions before uploading.

Processing Times

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”).


Your application will be reviewed within 5 business days upon receipt of payment online. Note that your payment date is considered the receipt date of your pre-registration application for the purpose of Registration Committee Policy-9.

Documents submitted after payment will be reviewed within 5 business days after uploading.

You will be notified by email when there is an update to your application status.

The total processing time for a pre-registration application is at least 45 days due to processing time of your CRC results by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (visit the CRC page for more information). 

You will receive a confirmation email when you pre-registration is complete (i.e. all required documents received and approved AND your CRC result is received).

Full Registration

If an updated document is required, processing time is 5 business days from the date the last document was received. 

If PEBC certification is the last requirement to complete your registration, your application will be processed within 5 business days after the official results have been released.

You will be notified by email when there is an update to your application status.

When all requirements are met and all submitted documents (if any) are approved, you will be able to submit payment for registration fee by credit card to complete the registration process. Within 24 hours of payment, a confirmation email will be sent to you when registration is granted.


Registration fees can be found in the HPA Fee Schedule. All fees are non-refundable.

Acceptable methods of payment are Visa card and Mastercard credit cards (Visa or Mastercard debit cards and prepaid credit cards are not accepted).