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If you are a graduate of a Canadian pharmacy technician program that is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP), you are eligible to apply to the provisional pharmacy technician register. Registration with ACP is required to practise as a provisional pharmacy technician under the supervision of a pharmacy technician or a pharmacist.

Follow these steps to register as a provisional pharmacy technician:  

  1. Prepare your supporting documentation. All documents must be in PDF format.
    • If available, proof of graduation (e.g., a letter from your college confirming graduation or diploma).
    • If not available, you may be required to provide proof of graduation later in the application process.  
    • Prepare the initial registration documents.
  1. Complete and submit your application.
    • Once you are ready to apply, complete the following steps:
      • Access the application to the provisional pharmacy technician register (in myACP). All applications can be found in the Catalog.
      • The application will require you to upload the supporting documentation you prepared in step 1. Your application is not complete until all supporting documentation has been uploaded and you have submitted the application.
  1. Application decision.
    • Complete applications are reviewed in the order in which they are submitted and may take up to 15 business days to assess and process. Incomplete applications will result in further delays. ACP will notify you via email once a decision has been made or if we have any questions regarding your application.
  1. Provide your payment.
    • If approved, you will be required to provide payment online. The college’s fees are outlined in the ACP fee schedule. Only the following payment methods will be accepted:
      • Visa, and
      • Mastercard.
    • Payment must be provided within 30 days of your approval or your application will expire, and you will be required to apply again.
  1. Access your practice permit.
    • Once your payment has been processed, your practice permit can be accessed from your myACP profile.
    • The term of a provisional pharmacy technician practice permit is typically two years and commences when the practice permit is issued.
    • You must not practise as a provisional pharmacy technician until you receive notification that your practice permit is issued.
    • You have two years to complete ACP’s Structured Practical Training (SPT) program, one of the entry-to-practice requirements to be a pharmacy technician in Alberta. Once these requirements are met, you are then eligible to apply to the pharmacy technician register.