Who is the licensing body responsible for Pharmacists in Alberta?

In Alberta, you must be registered with the Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) to practice as a Pharmacist. Only registered members may call themselves pharmacists, clinical pharmacists or druggists.

What are the licensure requirements for internationally educated Pharmacists?

Note: Licensing bodies compare international education and experience to Canadian standards.

Prior to registering as a pharmacist with Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP), internationally educated pharmacists will be required to

1. Enrol with
Pharmacists' Gateway Canada.

2. Submit documents for evaluation.

3. Successfully complete the
Pharmacy Exam Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating Exam.

4. Complete the "Apply to PRA" section in your Gateway account.

5. Meet the
ACP’s Pharmacist English Language Fluency Requirement.

Note: Steps 6 and 7 can be completed in the order given or in reverse order

6. Successfully complete the PEBC Qualifying Exams Part I (MCQ) and Part II (OSCE).

7. Register as an intern with ACP AND successfully complete a Structured Practical Training with a minimum of 1000 hours.

8. Successfully complete the Jurisprudence and Ethics exam.

9. Register with the ACP as a Pharmacist.

What is the role of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC)?

The purpose of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) is to assess the qualifications of pharmacists. The PEBC evaluates certain documents to ensure applicants have a degree in Pharmacy that is acceptable. This primary evaluation process is called Document Evaluation. If documents are favorably evaluated, applicants must then write an Evaluating Examination and Qualifying Exam.

Applicants are encouraged to be aware of registration criteria, examination fees, registration deadlines and the turnaround time for exam results. Other costs may include preparation materials, travel, etc.

How can I prepare for PEBC Exams?

Directions for Immigrants offers Study Groups to help you prepare for the PEBC Evaluating Exam, Qualifying Exam Part 1 (MCQ) and Qualifying Exam Part II (OSCE). Visit the Study Groups page for more information on this service and eligibility criteria.

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

Internationally educated pharmacists must meet the language requirements of the province where they want to register. In Alberta, check the Pharmacist Language Fluency Requirements.

Applicants must successfully achieve the required passing score on one of the
approved English proficiency tests. This includes TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS or CanTEST. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What are the Structured Practical Training Requirements?

Once registered in the ACP program, 1000 hours of Intern Structured Practical Training must be completed prior to licensure. Please note the following:

• The ACP Intern Structured Practical Training program consists of
three levels.

• Competencies must be demonstrated over a minimum of 1000 hours. All hours must be completed after enrollment in the ACP SPT program. Applicants are responsible for finding structured practical training site(s).

• For all levels, applicants may not complete more than 40 hours per week.

• Applicants must submit a Notification of Preceptor Site form and Certification of Completion form.

• More information on these forms can be found on the
ACP website.

What are the educational requirements for Pharmacists in Alberta?

Note: Licensing bodies compare international education and experience to Canadian standards. The academic requirement is a four-year degree in pharmacy.

In Alberta, the
University of Alberta in Edmonton offers a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.

What training programs or services are available for internationally educated Pharmacists?

Bridging Programs

Bredin International Pharmacy Bridging Program (in Calgary and Edmonton)

The Bredin International Pharmacy Bridging Program is designed to assist internationally trained pharmacists to acquire a license to practice pharmacy in Alberta. It provides students with an enhanced learning opportunity, integrating four distinct curriculum areas throughout the duration of study. Applicants are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria and admission requirements. As well, applicants must be aware of application deadlines, frequency of program, the number of student seats and potential costs such as preparation materials.

Courses and Training

Interpersonal Skills Training

Clear Communication for Health Professionals

Developed for health care professionals, this facilitated study group will focus on the essence of effective communication in a health care setting. Learn more about Canadian workplace culture, developing effective listening skills and other techniques designed to help you succeed in the workplace.

What information resources are available for Pharmacists in Alberta?

Alberta College of Pharmacy

Alberta Pharmacists' Association