International pharmacy technicians

Step 1:  Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Document Evaluation

  • Requirements for document evaluation can be found on the PEBC website.

Step 2:  Successfully Complete the PEBC Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Exam Part 1 (MCQ)

  • See the PEBC website for information regarding registration for the Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Exam.

Step 3: Proof of English Language Fluency

  • ACP will accept any of the English language fluency scores approved by NAPRA. 
  • English language fluency scores must be current within two years at the time of provisional registration with ACP.

Step 4: Proof of Eligibility to Work in Canada

Acceptable proof of eligibility to work in Canada is any ONE of the following:

  • An open work permit.  This means no conditions that would restrict employment within the pharmacy profession.
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Canadian Citizenship card or certificate
  • Canadian Passport
  • Canadian Birth Certificate

Step 5: Register with ACP

Step 6: Structured Practical Training (SPT)

Step 7:  Completion of the NAPRA Bridging Program for Pharmacy Technicians

Step 8: Jurisprudence Exam

  • Successfully complete the Alberta College of Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam.
  • You must be registered on the provisional pharmacy technician register to write this exam.

Step 9: PEBC Qualifying Exam

  • Successfully complete the PEBC Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Exam.
  • If you have already passed the PEBC Qualifying Exam in another Canadian province, you do not have to rewrite it in Alberta.
  • PEBC Qualifying Exam results must be current within 3 years at the time of application for initial pharmacy technician licensure. If exam results exceed the 3 year limit, the provisional pharmacy technician will be required to retake Part I and Part II of the PEBC Qualifying Exam prior to initial licensure in Alberta.

Step 10: Register on the Pharmacy Technician Register

  • Once you've met all requirements, fax or email the application form for the Pharmacy Technician Register.
  • You must have personal malpractice professional liability insurance (one million dollars) in place at the time of application (insurance providers are listed on the application form.)

Note:  Step 6 through 9 can be completed in any order

Registering on the Provisional Pharmacy Technician Register

Application form

One endorsed passport sized photo

  • To endorse the photo, the guarantor writes, "I certify that this is a true likeness of [applicant's name]" on the back of the photo and signs below

An endorsed copy of a Canadian birth certificate, Canada passport, or valid working papers

  • To endorse a copy, the guarantor writes, "I certify that this is a true copy" on the back of the document and signs below.
  • You must be able to legally work in Canada before applying to the Provisional Pharmacy Technician Register.

An endorsed copy of the PEBC letter stating successful completion of the Evaluating Exam.

  • To endorse a copy, the guarantor writes, "I certify that this is a true copy" on the back of the document and signs below.

Criminal record check

  • Provide an original copy of a criminal record check.
  • Criminal record checks are available from the city police department, local RCMP detachment, or online at BackCheck
  • Vulnerable sector search and finger printing are not required.

NAPRA approved English language fluency score

  • An original copy (photocopies and endorsed copies not accepted) of an NAPRA approved English language fluency score.

Two letters of character reference

  • Must be written within the last 12 months
  • May be written by anyone except family members
  • Should be written by someone who has known you for at least one year
  • Must include the reference's name, contact information, and signature, as well as how long the reference has known you, in what capacity they have known you, and a statement about your good character

Declaration of Guarantor form

  • Submit a declaration of guarantor form with your letters of character reference.
  • If you don't know anyone who meets the requirement to be a guarantor, a commissioner for oaths, notary public, or lawyer may sign the copies of your documents (declaration of guarantor form not required.)

Fee payment

780-990-0321 or toll-free at 1-877-227-3838