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.
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 Pharmacy Technician from Canada (CFTA) For pharmacy technicians currently registered as a practising pharmacy technician in another Canadian province or territory. New Pharmacy Technician Graduate from Canada For graduates of a CCAPP accredited pharmacy technician program.
A pre-registration application is valid for 3 years. If you do not quality 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.
- Pharmacy Technician Registration
The steps are requirements to complete your Pharmacy Technician 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 Pharmacy Technician 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 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.
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.