Registration with the Pharmacists' Gateway Canada
Beginning August 20, 2014, all IPGs (international pharmacy graduates – i.e. those pharmacists who have obtained their pharmacy education outside of Canada) who wish to obtain a licence to practice pharmacy in Prince Edward Island will follow a new procedure.*
As one of Canada’s pharmacy regulatory authorities (PRAs), the PEI College of Pharmacists has entrusted our national association, the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), to develop a new, national approach to facilitate the licensure process for IPGs and to eliminate duplication.
This new program – the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada – will now be the first point of access rather than the PRA. To help IPGs navigate the licensure process and facilitate their preparation for licensure in Canada, the Gateway provides a website with key information online and through telephone support and features two self-assessment tools which assist IPGs to make an informed decision before starting the process to become licensed as a pharmacist in Canada. For IPGs wishing to practise in Canada, the process of obtaining a licence begins with enrolment in the Gateway.
We believe the Gateway presents a simple, transparent and safe way to facilitate the pathway to licensure for IPGs wishing to live and work in Canada. To enter the Gateway, click the link below.
Available to International Pharmacy Graduates as of August 20, 2014
*This does not apply to IPGs who initiated the document evaluation process with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada or a pharmacy regulatory authority prior to August 20, 2014.
All documentation must be received by the PEI College of Pharmacists in its original form or a notarized copy. Original documents may be brought the PEI College of Pharmacists office to be copied by our staff and then the originals returned to the applicant.
Step 1. PEBC Evaluating Exam
Applicants must complete document evaluation and successfully complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating exam.
Step 2. Meet English Language Proficiency Requirements
Meet English language proficiency requirements as outlined in the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) English Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacist in Canada or the PEI College of Pharmacists English Language Proficiency Requirements for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.
The results of any English language proficiency assessment are valid for two years. Applicants must arrange for test scores to be sent directly from the testing organization to the PEI College of Pharmacists.
See NAPRA’s Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacist in Canada
Step 3. Jurisprudence Exam
Successfully complete the Prince Edward Island College of Pharmacists Jurisprudence Exam.
The PEI College of Pharmacists offers 2 regular exam sittings each year in the spring and the fall. Applicants may also apply for a special sitting. The Jurisprudence application can be found in the member profile of the PEI College of Pharmacists website. Once an application to register as an Intern is submitted, the username and password created while completing the application is used to log into the member profile.
Applicants must successfully complete the PEBC Evaluating Exam to be eligble to write the jurisprudence exam. The exam may be completed before, during or after the Structured Practical Training Program (Internship) or the PEBC Qualifying Exam.
Step 4. Register as an Intern
Complete the Intern Registration application and pay the applicable fees. Applicants may provisionally register as an Intern if they have completed the PEBC Evaluating Exam but not the PEBC Qualifying Exam (Part I or Part II).
Step 5. Structured Practical Training Program (Internship)
Successfully complete the 20 week (700 hr) structured practical training program. It is the responsibiltiy of the applicant to find a practice site and preceptor to oversee their structured practical training. The PEI College of Pharmacists must approve the preceptor prior to beginning the structured practical training. Preceptor/Site approval is completed within the member portal of the PEI College of Pharmacists website. Applicants must provide proof of English Language Proficiency prior to commencing the Structure Practical Training Program
Step 6. Pharmacy Practice Assessment
Successfully complete a one-week (35 hours) assessment. Please contact the PEI College of Pharmacists to have the assessment arranged.
Step 7. PEBC Qualifying Exam
Successfully complete the PEBC Pharmacist Qualifying Examination – Part I (MCQ) and Part II (OSCE).
Step 8. Register as a Pharmacist
Complete the Initial Pharmacist Registration Application which is found within the member portal on the PEI College of Pharmacists website.
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