The letter of character reference must be written in the last 12 months and can be written by anyone except family members. The letter should be written by someone who has known you for at least one year. Suggested sources include:
- family friends
There is no specific format or length required for a letter of character
reference but the letter should include the following:
- the capacity in which the writer has known you
- some insight about you (e.g., work ethic, special interests, volunteer work)
- detail about why the writer feels you would make a good pharmacist
The letter may be hand written or typed; form letters or email submissions will not be accepted. The letter must be signed by the writer.
In Alberta, a commissioner for oaths is appointed by the Inspector of Legal Offices and has been granted specific powers to complete the following:
- Administer oaths
- Take and receive affidavits
- Witness declarations and affirmations for statutory declarations
People who are Commissioners for Oaths Ex Officio
- a barrister and solicitor
- a student at law under the Legal Profession Act
- a full-time commissioned officer in the Canadian Forces
- a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
- a member of the Alberta House of Commons
- a member of the Senate of Canada who at the time of his/her appointment as a senator is a resident of Alberta
- a member of a municipal council in Alberta
- a member of a Metis settlement council
- a member of a board of trustees of a school district or a school division in Alberta
- a justice of the peace
- a police officer as defined in the Police Act
- all court judges in Alberta
- A notary public appointed under the Notaries Public Act
Other locations you may find a commissioner for oaths:
- main branches of banks
- municipal offices
- lawyers offices
The Alberta College of Pharmacy has commissioners for oath on staff.
No. Pharmacy technician is a restricted title. This restriction is stated in Section 15 of the Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Profession Regulation.
Authorization to use titles, etc.
15.1(1) A pharmacy technician and a courtesy pharmacy technician may use the words “registered” and “regulated” and may use the following titles, abbreviations and initials:
(a) pharmacy technician;
(b) pharmacy technologist;
(c) dispensary technician;
(d) dispensary technologist;
(2) A provisional pharmacy technician may use the title provisional pharmacy technician.
After registering on the Provisional Pharmacy Technician Register, you need to identify a pharmacist preceptor who will supervise and verify that you have completed 100 final checks with 100% accuracy. You must complete a minimum of 20 checks per day over a maximum of a three-month period. Candidates who have successfully completed the Alberta Health Services or the Edmonton Zone Covenant Health Technician Checking Validation Procedure may submit that as proof of proficiency.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB):
International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
The Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)
Yes, pharmacy technicians must maintain a minimum of $1 million of personal malpractice insurance (claims made or occurrence). The policy must be in the technician’s name.
You do not require insurance while you are on the Provisional Register.
Section 23 of the Pharmacy and Drug Regulation outlines the information that a licensee must ensure is displayed on the pharmacy website:
- A copy (scanned is fine) of the pharmacy licence
- The location, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number of the licensed pharmacy
- The name, pharmacist practice permit number, and business address of the licensee
- A statement that the licensee is required to provide, on the request of a patient, the name and practice permit number of any regulated member who provides a pharmacy service to the patient or who engages in the practice of pharmacy with respect to a patient
- The name and business address of the proprietor
- If the proprietor is a corporation, the name of the proprietor’s representative
- A copy (scanned is fine) of the Patient Concerns Poster
For more information, see the Manage Your Pharmacy section.