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Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists

Licensing Process in Nova Scotia

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

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 Nova Scotia as your province of choice.

2. Language Proficiency

    • May be completed at any time, prior to applying to the pharmacy regulatory authority.
    • 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 one year 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)

    • Submit the Notification of Intent to Register as a Pharmacist form.
    • Apply for registration as an intern with the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists ($125).
    • Submit a proof of current successful completion of the Nova Scotia jurisprudence examination.
    • Maintain professional liability insurance.
    • *If you have not completed the PEBC Qualifying Examination, you will be registered provisionally as a qualifying intern. Provisional registration will be revoked if you do not complete the Qualifying Examination within 24 months.
    • Applicants are encouraged to contact Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), a community-based organization that welcomes newcomers and offers a full range of support along a settlement continuum.

5. Structured Practical Training

    • Successfully complete a 20-week structured practical experience/internship program.
    • Successfully complete a one-week pharmacy practice experience/internship assessment ($375).

6. Jurisprudence Examination

    • Successfully complete the provincial jurisprudence examination ($300).

7. Licensure / Registration

    • Complete/provide remaining requirements for registration as a practising pharmacist:
      • Submit completed application form and supporting documents;
      • Submit initial registration fee ($300);
      • Submit Practising Direct Patient Care Licence fee ($995);
      • Provide evidence of professional liability insurance as approved by the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacy.

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

• 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.