Registering with ACP

Pharmacists from outside of Canada

To register as an intern, please submit a completed application form and all the items specified on the application checklist to ACP. Application processing time is 7-10 business days. We will notify you via email once we have processed your application. 

To qualify for intern registration, you must:

  1. Enroll in the NAPRA Pharmacists Gateway Canada prior to the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) document evaluation process and the sitting of PEBC exams. If you began the document evaluation process prior to August 20, 2014, enrollment in the Pharmacists Gateway is not required. 
  2. Sucessfully complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating Exam.
  3. Meet English language fluency requirements.
  4. Be a permanent resident, Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, or hold a valid open employment visa.
  5. Submit to ACP a completed application form and all items specified on the application form checklist. Application processing time is 7-10 business days. We will notify you via email once we have processed your application.
  1. Register as an intern on the ACP Provisional Register (see above).
    You will be issued a practice permit that is valid for two years from the date of registration. 
     
  2. Complete the ACP jurisprudence learning module.
    You must complete the module prior to beginning Level 1 of the online Structured Practical Training program.
     
  3. Complete the ACP online Structured Practical Training (SPT) program.
    The internship consists of a minimum of 1000 hours, but additional hours can be expected in order to demonstrate entry-to-practice competencies. You may begin the SPT program prior to completing the PEBC Qualifying Exam. Learn more about the SPT program at pharmacists.ab.ca/SPT or visit the frequently asked questions.
     
  4. Complete the Ethics & Jurisprudence exam.
    The exam must be successfully completed prior to beginning Level 2 of the online SPT program. 
     
  5. Complete the PEBC Qualifying Exam Parts I and II.
    Note: Step 3 and 5 can be completed in any order.
     
  6. Obtain personal professional liability insurance (minimum two million dollars).
     
  7. Download the application form and send the completed version to ACP and pay the associated fees.

 

U of A pharmacy students

Registering with ACP on the Provisional (student) Register

To register on the Provisional (student) Register, please submit a completed application form and all items specified on the application form checklist to ACP.

  1. Register on the ACP Student Register during the first semester of your first year at the University of Alberta.
  2. Successfully complete your undergraduate pharmacy degree.
  3. Once ACP has received your graduation confirmation (around mid-May) from the U of A, your status will change to intern. You will receive a new practice permit mailed to the address on file.
  4. All Canadian pharmacy graduates who wish to initial licensure in Alberta must complete Level 3 of the ACP online Structured Practical Training (SPT) program. Level 3 requires completion of a minimum of 100 hours. To be eligible to begin Level 3 of the SPT program, the following must be completed:
  5. Complete the ACP jurisprudence learning module.  This must be completed prior to beginning Level 3 of the online SPT program. You may complete the jurisprudence learning module as a student.
  6. Successfully complete the Ethics & Jurisprudence exam. The exam must be completed prior to beginning Level 3 of the online SPT program. You may complete the exam as a student, but please keep in mind that exam results are only valid for 2 years from the date of completion. 
  7. Complete the PEBC Qualifying Exam Parts I and II.
  8. Obtain personal professional liability insurance (minimum two million dollars).
  9. Download the application form and send the completed version to ACP and pay the associated fees.

Other CCAPP-accredited Canadian University pharmacy students who wish to practise in Alberta upon graduation

Registering with ACP on the Provisional (student) Register

To register on the student or provisional register, please submit a completed application form and all the items specified on the application checklist to ACP. Application processing time is 7-10 business days. We will notify you via email once we have processed your application.

  1. Register on the ACP Student Register. This may be completed while attending a pharmacy degree program at a Canadian university, or upon completion of your degree.
  2. Once ACP has received your graduation confirmation (around mid-May) from your university, your student status will change to intern
  3. All Canadian pharmacy graduates who wish initial licensure in Alberta must complete Level 3 of the ACP online Structured Practical Training (SPT) program. Level 3 requires completion of a minimum of 100 hours. To be eligible to begin Level 3 of the SPT program, the following must be completed:
  4.  Complete the ACP jurisprudence learning module. This must be completed prior to beginning Level 3 of the online SPT program. You may complete the jurisprudence learning module as a student.
  5. Complete the Ethics & Jurisprudence exam. The exam must be completed prior to beginning Level 3 of the online SPT program. You may complete the jurisprudence learning module as a student, but please keep in mind that exam results are only valid for 2 years from the date of completion. 
  6. Complete the PEBC Qualifying Exam Parts I and II.
  7. Obtain personal professional liability insurance (minimum two million dollars).
  8. Download the application form and send the completed version to ACP and pay the associated fees.

CCAPP and ACPE accredited university pharmacy students who wish to complete rotations or practicums in Alberta

Each student must register on the Student Register. Please submit a completed application form and all items specified on the application checklist. Processing time is 7-10 business days. We will notify you via email once we have processed your application.

Registration in this category has a reduced fee (see application form), but registration is only valid for a period of six months. This is to allow completion of rotations or practicums. If you wish to practise as a pharmacist in Alberta at the conclusion of your studies, consider registering with us as a student (see above).


Transferring to Alberta under the Mobility Agreement for Canadian Pharmacists (MACP)

Prerequisites for registering as an intern with ACP

You must hold a current pharmacist licence in another Canadian province or territory.

Registering as an intern with ACP

To register on the Provisional Pharmacist Register, please submit a completed application form and all items specified on the application checklist to ACP. Application processing time is 7-10 business days. We will notify you via email once we have processed your application.

If you are a pharmacist transferring from the province of Quebec, a NAPRA-approved English language fluency score must be submitted with your initial application.

Becoming a clinical pharmacist in Alberta

Once you've registered as an intern on the Provisional Pharmacist Register, you must:

  1. Complete the Ethics & Jurisprudence Exam
  2. Obtain personal professional liability insurance (minimum two million dollars)
  3. Download the application form and send the completed version to ACP and pay the associated fees.

Registering as a Continuing Education (CE) provider

Prerequisites for registering as a CE provider

You must hold a current pharmacist licence in another Canadian province.

Registering as a CE provider with ACP

To register as a CE provider, please submit a completed application form and all items specified on the application checklist to ACP.


Registering as a courtesy pharmacist (locum)

Prerequisites for registering as a courtesy pharmacist

You must hold a current pharmacist licence in another Canadian province.

Becoming a courtesy pharmacist in Alberta

  1. Complete the Ethics & Jurisprudence Exam.
  2. Obtain personal professional liability insurance (minimum two million dollars).
  3. Contact the Alberta College of Pharmacists to obtain the necessary application form, and to pay the associated fees.

Questions?

registrationinfo@pharmacists.ab.ca
780-990-0321 or toll-free at 1-877-227-3838