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PEBC to pilot Technician Qualifying Examination in Edmonton

December 22, 2009

The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) will be conducting a pilot of the Qualifying Examination for pharmacy technicians in Edmonton on March 20 & 21, 2010. The exam will consist of two parts: a Multiple Choice Examination (MCQ) and an Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE). The Edmonton pilot will be open to 40 candidates.

Application deadline is January 11, 2010.


Those eligible for the pilot include:

A)  technicians who have graduated from a pharmacy technician training program that was accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) at the time they graduated.

B)  technicians who have not graduated from an accredited program but who are involved in the education, training or leadership of pharmacy technicians and who have completed either the PEBC evaluating examination or the Alberta or Ontario voluntary examinations.* 

*Only a small number of seats may be made available to Group B. This limitation is being applied because bridging education modules have not yet been offered in Alberta. Participation and success in this pilot will not exempt these candidates from the requirement to complete the Professional Practice bridging module and candidates in this category who choose to participate in the pilot are reminded that doing so before completion of the bridging program may hinder their chance of success.

Fees and deadlines

Candidates who participate in the pilot must be available on both March 20th and 21st and must participate in both the MCQ and the OSPE portions of the examination.

Candidates will be required to submit the PEBC exam fees when they apply to PEBC:

  • Multiple Choice Question Examination: $375
  • Objective Structured Performance Examination: $900
  • Total cost:  $1275
The Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) has agreed to assist PEBC in identifying pilot participants. We will endeavour to include candidates from each of the accredited training programs in Alberta and to include a cross section of candidates from both community and hospital practice.

How to apply


If you meet the criteria and you would like to participate in the pilot, please submit your application form to ACP by January 11, 2010. 


  • Jan. 11, 2010 – Applications must be submitted to ACP via email or fax (Please do not submit exam fees to ACP)
  • Jan. 15, 2010 – Candidates selected to participate in the pilot will be notified by ACP and provided with a link to apply to PEBC
  • Jan. 25, 2010 – Candidates selected to participate in the pilot must submit their application and exam fees to PEBC
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Originally published in the December 22, 2009, issue of The Link