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College of Pharmacists of British Columbia

Licensing Process in British Columbia

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

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 British Columbia as your province of choice.

2. Language Proficiency

    • English language proficiency may be completed at any time, prior to applying to the pharmacy regulatory authority. However, note that the English language proficiency results are valid for two years from the date of the test.
    • 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). Results will be submitted to the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia by PEBC.
      • The process is different for U.S. graduates.

4. Application to the Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (PRA)

    • Apply to the College of Pharmacy of British Columbia (CPBC) by providing:
      • Pre-registration application form and checklist;
      • Pre-registration application fee ($407 + tax and CRC fee);
      • Notarized identification form (must be notarized by a lawyer, notary public, or Commissioner of oaths);
      • Statutory declaration of good conduct;
      • Criminal record check authorization.
      • If applicable: A letter or certificate of standing from each regulatory body in each jurisdiction where you have practised. Letter must be dated within three months from the date of the application and must be mailed directly from the regulatory body to CPBC.

5. Structured Practical Training

6. Jurisprudence Examination

    • Successfully complete the provincial ethics and jurisprudence examination ($254). Exam results are valid for a three-year period from the date the exam was written.

7. Licensure / Registration

    • Complete remaining sections of information required and submit the application for full pharmacist registration to the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, including:
      • Annual registration fee ($739 per year; + tax and CRC fee);
      • Attestation of professional liability insurance (minimum of 2 million dollars) that provides:
        • a) occurrence-based coverage or claims made coverage with an extended reporting period of at least three years, and
        • b) if not issued in the registrant’s name, the group policy covers the registrant as an individual.
      • Statutory declaration of good conduct;
      • Pharmacists’ Confidentiality Undertaking.

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

• 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 (PEBC) website to learn more about their process and requirements.