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Alberta College of Pharmacy

Licensing Process in Alberta

These are the detailed requirements for international pharmacy graduates who wish to obtain a licence to practise in the province of Alberta.

1. Gateway Enrolment

    • Enrol in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada. Once you have enrolled, you will receive a National ID number. This number will be used for identification and confirmation purposes throughout the licensure process ($340 + tax, if applicable).
    • Select Alberta as your province of choice.

2. Language Proficiency

    • May be completed at any time, prior to applying to the pharmacy regulatory authority. Must be within two years of application to the Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP).
    • Have original documents sent to NAPRA, Suite 1800, 130 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4, Attention: Gateway Operations from an approved language-testing agency to demonstrate that you meet the English language proficiency requirement. Please note: if you have taken the language proficiency test through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), your results may be made available online through a secure portal. Please verify with your testing centre. Learn more about Language Proficiency.
    • Not required for U.S. graduates.

3. Academic Qualifications and Knowledge Assessment

    • Submit an application for Document Evaluation ($675) to the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). (Not required for U.S. graduates. Click here for detailed requirements for U.S. graduates.)

    • Submit the following items to PEBC with your application for Document Evaluation:
      • Two recent (i.e. less than twelve months old) photographs with the date the pictures were taken indicated on the backs of the photos. One picture must be witnessed;
      • A properly witnessed form of primary identification—either:
        • A birth certificate, or
        • Both sides of a Canadian citizenship card, or
        • A statutory declaration plus two other official supporting documents (e.g. passport).
      • Copy of name-change or marriage certificate (if applicable);
      • Witnessed copy of original-language pharmacy degree or diploma;
      • University transcripts sent directly from the school to PEBC;
      • Letter of standing—either:
        • A licensing statement sent directly from any pharmacy authority with which the applicant is currently licensed, or
        • A recent (i.e. less than one month old) signed, witnessed statutory declaration indicating that the applicant is not licensed anywhere in the world.
      • Successfully complete the PEBC Evaluating Examination ($860).
      • Successfully complete the PEBC Qualifying Examination, Parts I and II ($2620).

4. Application to the Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (PRA)

    • Prior to your application to the PRA, you must:
      • Successfully complete the PEBC Qualifying Examination Part I (MCQ). The PEBC MCQ result must be current within 3 years at the time of provisional pharmacist (intern) application.
      • Meet the language proficiency requirement.
    • Provide evidence of authorization to work in Canada. Acceptable documentation includes:
      • Current permanent resident card;
      • Canadian citizenship card or certificate;
      • Current open employment visa;
      • Canadian passport; and
      • Canadian birth certificate.
    • Continue the application with the Alberta College of Pharmacy by:
      • Providing a statutory declaration (professional complaints/disciplinary actions and/or criminal offences) witnessed by a commissioner of oaths, notary public or lawyer;
      • Criminal record check not more than six months old;
      • Providing two letters of character reference written within the last 12 months, provided by anyone except a family member;
      • Submitting the registration fee ($561).
      • Please note that the documents already in your profile with Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada do not need to be resubmitted. Please include your National ID number on the application form.

5. Structured Practical Training

    • Please note that you will be required to:
    • Submit registration for structured practical training.
    • Successfully complete the three levels of the structured practical training (total of 1,000 hours or more of internship).
    • Structured practical training must be completed within two years after registering with the College as a provisional pharmacist (intern).

6. Jurisprudence Examination

    • Successfully complete the ACP Jurisprudence Learning Module prior to starting level 1 of the structured practical training.
    • Successfully complete the Ethics & Jurisprudence exam ($156) prior to starting level 2 of the structured practical training.

7. Licensure / Registration

    • Complete remaining sections of information required and submit the application for registration as a pharmacist including:

After successful completion of all of these requirements, you will be granted a licence to practise pharmacy in the province of Alberta.


• All costs are presented in Canadian dollars and do not include taxes.
• Fees are subject to change.
• The information in this table is only a summary. The official position of each pharmacy regulatory authority is defined in their governing legislation
available on their website.
• Consult the
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada website to learn more about their process and requirements.