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Ethics & jurisprudence exam (pharmacy technician)

What is the ACP Ethics & Jurisprudence Exam?

The ACP Ethics & Jurisprudence Exam is an entry-to-practice requirement for registration as a pharmacy technician in Alberta. You must complete the exam no more than two years before submitting your application to the pharmacy technician register in Alberta.

The exam tests your abilities to

  • remember foundational aspects of pharmacy legislation in Alberta,
  • understand key concepts set out in ACP’s standards of practice and code of ethics, and
  • apply procedural knowledge essential to the safe and effective practice of an entry-level pharmacy technician.

Exam quick facts

  • ACP is currently conducting the exam ONLINE ONLY. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have access to a computer that meets the requirements before booking an exam date.
  • The exam is
    • composed of 100 multiple-choice questions,
    • in electronic format,
    • two hours in length, and
    • closed book (no reference materials allowed).
  • Exam fees
    • The cost of your first attempt at the exam is included in the ACP initial registration fee.
    • The cost for additional attempts is outlined in the ACP fee schedule.
    • If you need to re-challenge the Ethics & Jurisprudence Exam or are reinstating your permit, you may purchase an exam sitting (in myACP) in the Catalog.
  • Exam results are valid two years from the date the exam was completed.

The Ethics & Jurisprudence Exam process

  1. Register for your exam.
    • When you are ready to write the exam, use your registrant credentials to log into the exam booking site.
      • There are no set exam dates. Using the booking site, choose a time that fits your schedule. The exam is available 24/7, but please note that times are listed by 24-hour clock (e.g., 03:00 is 3:00 a.m., 15:00 is 3:00 p.m.).
      • Please allow a minimum of three business days to confirm exam bookings.
      • You will receive exam confirmation and exam day instructions by email.
    • You must provide a minimum of 24 hours’ notice for cancellation. With less than 24 hours’ notice, the candidate will be required to pay a $50 + GST rebooking fee that must be paid prior to their second exam booking being processed.
  1. Prepare for your exam.
    • It is recommended that you
      • review ACP’s Jurisprudence Learning Module (this study tool consists of case studies and activities, providing an overview of legislation that pertains to pharmacy practice in Alberta)
        • this study tool consists of case studies and activities, providing an overview of legislation that pertains to pharmacy practice in Alberta;
        • the module can be completed in any order;
        • once the module has been completed, there will be an orange banner at the top of the screen saying “Click here to print your certificate” to indicate that the module is complete;
        • please print the certificate for your records and to submit it to ACP;
      • refer to the Ethics & Jurisprudence Exam study guide;
      • complete the online testing system tutorial; and
      • review the Candidate Handbook and the Online Proctoring FAQs.
  1. Write your exam.
    • To write the exam, you must have
      • at least one piece of government-issued photo identification (not expired),
      • your registrant credentials (the same ones used to book the exam), and
      • a copy of your exam confirmation email (printed or electronic).
  1. Receive your exam results.
    • Within three hours of completing the exam, you will receive your results via email.