Applying to ACP

Pharmacists from outside of Canada

To register as provisional pharmacist (intern), please submit a completed application form with all supporting documentation as listed on page one of the application form. 

Prior to application, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Enroll in the NAPRA Pharmacists Gateway Canada
  2. Successfully complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Exam Part I (MCQ). The PEBC MCQ result must be current within 3 years at the time of provisional pharmacist (intern) application. This requirement has replaced the previous requirement of PEBC Evaluating Exam for initial registration.
  3. Meet English language fluency requirements.
  4. Provide evidence of authorization to work in Canada. Acceptable documentation
    • current permanent resident card
    • Canadian citizenship card or certificate
    • current open employment visa
    • Canadian passport
    • Canadian birth certificate

Once the completed application has been received in the ACP office, allow 15 business days for processing. We will notify you via email once we have processed your application.

  1. Register as a provisional pharmacist (intern) on the ACP Provisional Register (see above).
    You will be issued a practice permit that is valid for two years from the date of registration. 
     
  2. Complete the ACP jurisprudence learning module.
    You must complete the module prior to beginning Level 1 of the online Structured Practical Training program.
     
  3. Complete the Ethics & Jurisprudence exam
    The exam must be successfully completed prior to beginning Level 2 of the online SPT program. Jurisprudence exam results are valid 2 years from the date of successful completion.
     
  4. Complete the ACP online Structured Practical Training (SPT) program.
    The SPT program consists of a minimum of 1000 hours, but additional hours can be expected in order to demonstrate entry-to-practice competencies.  Learn more about the SPT program at pharmacists.ab.ca/SPT or visit the frequently asked questions.
     
  5. Successfully complete the PEBC Qualifying Exams.
    PEBC Qualifying Exam results must be current within 3 years at the time of application for initial pharmacist licensure. If exam results exceed the 3 year limit, the provisional pharmacist (intern) will be required to retake both Part I and Part II of the PEBC Qualifying Exam prior to initial licensure in Alberta.
     
  6. Obtain personal professional liability insurance (minimum two million dollars).
     
  7. Download the application form and send the completed version to ACP and pay the associated fees.

 

U of A pharmacy students

Registering with ACP on the Student Register

To register on the ACP Student Register, please submit a completed application form and all items specified on the application form checklist to ACP.

  1. Register on the ACP Student Register during the first semester of your first year at the University of Alberta.
  2. Successfully complete your undergraduate pharmacy degree.
  3. Once ACP has received your graduation confirmation (around mid-May) from the U of A, your status will change to provisional pharmacist (intern). You will receive a new practice permit mailed to the address on file.
  4. All Canadian pharmacy graduates applying for initial licensure in Alberta must complete Level 3 of the ACP online Structured Practical Training (SPT) program. Level 3 requires completion of a minimum of 100 hours. To be eligible to begin Level 3 of the SPT program, the following must be completed:
  5. Complete the ACP jurisprudence learning module.  This must be completed prior to beginning Level 3 of the online SPT program. You may complete the jurisprudence learning module as a student.
  6. Successfully complete the Ethics & Jurisprudence exam. The exam must be completed prior to beginning Level 3 of the online SPT program. You may complete the exam as a student, but please keep in mind that exam results are only valid for 2 years from the date of completion. 
  7. Complete the PEBC Qualifying Exam Parts I and II. PEBC Qualifying Exam results must be current within 3 years at the time of application for initial pharmacist licensure. If exam results exceed the 3 year limit, the provisional pharmacist (intern) will be required to retake both Part I and Part II of the PEBC Qualifying Exam prior to initial licensure in Alberta.
  8. Obtain personal professional liability insurance (minimum $2 million).
  9. Download the application form and send the completed version to ACP and pay the associated fees.

Other CCAPP-accredited Canadian University pharmacy students who wish to practise in Alberta upon graduation

Registering with ACP on the Student Register

To register on the ACP Student Register, please submit a completed application form and all the items specified on the application checklist to ACP. Application processing time is 15 business days. We will notify you via email once we have processed your application.

  1. Register on the ACP Student Register. This may be completed while attending a pharmacy degree program at a Canadian university, or upon completion of your degree.
  2. Once ACP has received your graduation confirmation (around mid-May) from your university, your student status will change to provisional pharmacist (intern)
  3. All Canadian pharmacy graduates applying for initial licensure in Alberta must complete Level 3 of the ACP online Structured Practical Training (SPT) program. Level 3 requires completion of a minimum of 100 hours. To be eligible to begin Level 3 of the SPT program, the following must be completed:
  4.  Complete the ACP jurisprudence learning module. This must be completed prior to beginning Level 3 of the online SPT program. You may complete the jurisprudence learning module as a student.
  5. Complete the Ethics & Jurisprudence exam. The exam must be completed prior to beginning Level 3 of the online SPT program. You may complete the jurisprudence learning module as a student, but please keep in mind that exam results are only valid for 2 years from the date of completion. 
  6. Complete the PEBC Qualifying Exam Parts I and II. PEBC Qualifying exam results must be current within 3 years at the time of application for initial pharmacist licensure. If exam results exceed the 3 year limit the provisional pharmacist (intern) will be required to retake both Part I and Part II of the PEBC Qualifying Exam prior to initial licensure in Alberta.
  7. Obtain personal professional liability insurance (minimum $2 million). 
  8. Download the application form and send the completed version to ACP and pay the associated fees.

CCAPP and ACPE accredited university pharmacy students who wish to complete rotations or practicums in Alberta

Each student must register on the Student Register. Please submit a completed application form and all items specified on the application checklist. Processing time is 7-10 business days. We will notify you via email once we have processed your application.

Registration in this category has a reduced fee (see application form), but registration is only valid for a period of six months. This is to allow completion of rotations or practicums. If you wish to practise as a pharmacist in Alberta at the conclusion of your studies, consider registering with us as a student (see above).


Transferring to Alberta under the Mobility Agreement for Canadian Pharmacists (MACP)

Prerequisites for registering as an intern with ACP

You must hold a current pharmacist licence in another Canadian province or territory. You must hold the pharmacist license in another Canadian province both at initial registration and at the time of licensure in Alberta.

Registering as an intern with ACP

To register on the Provisional Pharmacist Register, please submit a completed application form and all items specified on the application checklist to ACP. Application processing time is 15 business days. We will notify you via email once we have processed your application.

If you are a pharmacist transferring from the province of Quebec, a NAPRA-approved English language fluency score must be submitted with your initial application.

Becoming a clinical pharmacist in Alberta

Once you've registered as an intern on the Provisional Pharmacist Register, you must:

  1. Complete the Ethics & Jurisprudence Exam.
  2. Download the application form (link to clinical register application) and send the completed version to ACP with payment.  Fax (780-90-0328) or email (registrationinfo@abpharmacy.ca) is acceptable.
  3. Obtain personal professional liability insurance (minimum $2 million).
  4. Hold a current pharmacist license in another Canadian province at the time of application to the clinical register.

Registering as a courtesy pharmacist (locum)

Prerequisites for registering as a courtesy pharmacist

You must hold a current pharmacist licence in another Canadian province. Note that the courtesy pharmacist license in valid for 45 consecutive days only and can only be held once per registration year.

Becoming a courtesy pharmacist in Alberta

  1. Complete initial application form and submit to ACP.
  2. Complete the Ethics & Jurisprudence Exam.
  3. Obtain personal professional liability insurance (minimum $2 million).
  4. Complete locum clinical register application and send the completed version to ACP with payment.  Fax (780-90-0328) or email (registrationinfo@abpharmacy.ca) is acceptable.

Questions?

registrationinfo@abpharmacy.ca
780-990-0321 or toll-free at 1-877-227-3838