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Renewing as a pharmacist or associate (non-regulated member)

Pharmacists can renew their annual practice permit in myACP. The Renewing your practice permit guide provides step-by-step instructions to help you renew your practice permit in myACP.

Pharmacists must complete annual Continuing Competence Program (CCP) requirements and apply to renew their practice permit each year. 

For pharmacists, renewal is available starting April 1 of each year. You must submit your application to renew your permit by May 31. Late applications received in June will be assessed a non-compliance fee. If you don’t renew, your existing practice permit terminates on June 30, and you are no longer permitted to practise as a pharmacist.

Individuals on the associate (non-regulated member) register may choose to renew as an associate prior to June 30 using the process below. An associate is not required to complete the CCP requirements and may start at Step 2 to renew as an associate. If you don’t renew, your registration will be cancelled effective July 1.

To renew your practice permit, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the annual CCP requirements.
    • You must complete the CCP requirements prior to proceeding with the renewal process.
    • Exemptions: Pharmacists who register on the clinical register for the first time in Alberta between January 1 and June 30 of the current year, OR pharmacists who are reinstated on the clinical register between January 1 and June 30 of the current year, are exempt from completing CCP requirements, unless directed otherwise by the competence committee.
  1. Submit your application.
    • During the renewal period, access and submit the application to renew your permit (in myACP). All applications can be found in the myACP Catalog.
    • As part of this application, pharmacists with authorization to administer drugs by injection will be required to complete a professional declaration to renew their authorization to administer drugs by injection. Pharmacists who do not or are unable to complete the professional declaration will have their authorization to administer injections cancelled as of July 1 of the current year.
  1. Provide your payment.
    • The college’s fees are outlined in the ACP fee schedule. Only the following payment methods will be accepted:
      • Visa, and
      • Mastercard.
  1. Access your permit.
    • Once approved, you will have access to your new practice permit. Your practice permit can be accessed from your myACP profile. Your new practice permit takes effect on July 1 of the current year and terminates June 30 of the following year, unless notified otherwise.
    • As you complete your annual practice permit renewal, please remember the following separate processes:
      • Renew your professional liability insurance. This is a requirement if you are registered as a pharmacist. Pharmacists must maintain a minimum of $2 million of personal professional liability insurance (claims made or occurrence-based) regardless of employment status. The policy must be in the pharmacist’s name.
      • If you have authorization to administer drugs by injection, ensure the authorization appears on your practice permit and you maintain current CPR (Level C/Health Care Providers) and First Aid certification.
    • ACP administers an audit of professional declarations made at the time of renewal.

Moving to an inactive status 

If you no longer intend to practise in the pharmacy profession and do not wish to renew your practice permit, you may choose to cancel your registration or apply to a register for non-regulated members: associate or retired. Pharmacists can move to an inactive status in myACP. The Moving to an inactive status guide provides step-by-step instructions.

During the renewal period, you may move to an inactive status that takes effect July 1 using the application to renew your permit found in the myACP Catalog. Your inactive status will take effect July 1, and you will no longer be permitted to practise pharmacy. For more information on cancelled status and the associate or retired register or to cancel your registration immediately, refer to the webpage on moving to an inactive status.

Should you wish to return to practice, please refer to the reinstatement application for more details. The reinstatement requirements differ based on how long you have been inactive.