Exam Dates and Places

Registrations open 9am and close 5pm (AEDT/AEST).

Australian-based exams are hosted in all capital cities. The Intern Written Exam can also be delivered in Townsville, Queensland based on numbers.

For overseas candidates, see the table of available cities below.

Dates available vary for each venue. It is advised to secure your registration prior to making any travel arrangements.

Australian Intern Written Exam

Registrations OpenRegistrations CloseExam Date - Australia
14 January 2020 28 January 2020 23 February 2020
25 February 2020 10 March 2020 5 April 2020
5 May 2020 18 May 2020 13 - 14 June 2020
23 June 2020 6 July 2020 26 July 2020
8 September 2020 21 September 2020 18 October 2020
27 October 2020 9 November 2020 6 December 2020

Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) Exam

Registrations Open Registrations Close Exam Date - Australia Exam Date - Overseas
7 January 2020 20 January 2020 23 - 25 February 2020 23 - 25 February 2020
21 April 2020 4 May 2020 14 - 16 June 2020 14 - 16 June 2020
1 September 2020 14 September 2020 18 - 20 October 2020 18 - 20 October 2020

Competency Assessment of Overseas Pharmacists (CAOP) Exam

Registrations OpenRegistrations CloseExam Date - AustraliaExam Date - Overseas
14 January 2020 28 January 2020 23 February 2020 23 February 2020
23 June 2020 6 July 2020 26 July 2020 26 July 2020
27 October 2020 9 November 2020 6 December 2020 6 December 2020


Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) Exam

Country Available Cities
Greece Athens
New ZealandAuckland, Christchurch, Wellington
IndiaBangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Mumbai
Argentina Buenos Aires
EgyptCairo and surrounding areas
United Arab EmiratesDubai and surrounding areas
Hong Kong SARHong Kong
South AfricaJohannesburg
Saudi ArabiaRiyadh
Singapore Singapore

Competency Assessment for Overseas Pharmacists (CAOP) Exam

CountryAvailable Cities
United KingdomLondon
New ZealandAuckland, Christchurch, Wellington

Exam dates and available venues may change from time to time. Please watch our website for updates.

Candidates who arrive at the examination venue after the scheduled exam start time, will not be permitted entry into the exam room.

Please provide two identity documents (IDs) to enter the exam venue and sit the exam.

The name on your ID’s must match the name you use to register for your exam in our Candidate Portal. Please contact APC prior to the exam if your names differ on your IDs that will be presented on the test day.

All IDs required must be issued by the country in which the candidate is testing. If the candidate does not have a qualifying primary ID issued from the country they are testing in, an International Travel Passport from their country of citizenship is required, along with a secondary ID.

Candidates are required to present two forms of original (no photo copies), valid (unexpired) IDs:
- a primary ID (government issued with name, recent recognizable photo, and signature) and
- a secondary ID (with either a name and signature, OR name and photo)

Acceptable IDs are as follows:

Primary ID
- International Passport
- Government issued national/country identity card (with photo)
- Government issued citizenship card (with photo)
- Australian/NZ driver’s licence

Secondary ID
- Debit (ATM) card
- Credit card
- Any form of ID on the primary list

Candidates who are unable to be positively identified will not be permitted to sit the exam.

If you have an issue with your identity documents, you need to contact APC/PCNZ immediately. For example, your married name may appear on your primary identification but not your secondary identification.
You will be asked to sign your name as confirmation of your signature. A photograph of you will be taken at the exam venue. Your signature and photograph will be stored electronically as part of the security requirements for sitting the exam.

You are requested to contact APC/PCNZ during office hours as soon as possible before the exam date if you are uncertain about the identification requirements.

Exam seats are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. We advise candidates to book their exam as early as possible as some venues can fill up fast. Once an exam schedule has reached capacity registration is closed for that session. Candidates who miss out on their preferred location and/or date, can either select another venue or contact the Exams Team for further assistance.

Candidates can choose another venue (subject to availability) at any time prior to the registration closure date. Any change requests after this however will not be accepted.

Candidates travelling to another country to sit an exam will be responsible for ensuring their travel and visa requirements are met prior to registering.  Please note, we do not provide a refund if you are unable to secure a visa in time to sit your exam.

Candidates will receive a confirmation email from Pearson VUE upon completing registration. Please check this email carefully as it will contain details on the venue, date and time. You must check the venue details and location prior to the exam date.  You are requested to arrive at the venue at least 45 minutes prior to the exam start time.

Candidates sitting KAPS Paper 1 and Paper 2 will register for both papers in one registration, on the same date. A scheduled break will commence once the first paper has been completed. If you exceed the time of the scheduled break, the exceeded time will be deducted from the exam time of the next paper. Please ensure that you arrive prior to the end of the allocated break time to prepare to sit the next paper. No exceptions will be allowed.

Candidates who are sitting only 1 paper of KAPS are required to attend to their exam session according to the appointment time selected during registration.

Special needs accommodation is the arrangement made by us to assist candidates who have physical or personal conditions that require support on the day of the exam.

If you have a condition that may affect your ability to take the exam, you should contact us at exams@pharmacycouncil.org.au  and provide current supporting documentation from an appropriately qualified practitioner along with your request. The documentation will be used to verify a condition and provide relevant and useful information in assessing appropriate adjustments or accommodations. We will then review your application and contact you if we require additional information.

If your request is approved we will notify you by email. We will also notify the venue coordinator who will provide you further guidance on the day of the exam.

Candidates should note that reviewing applications for special needs accommodation can take time. If you think you may require special needs accommodation, please contact us well in advance of the closing date of your exam registration.

Examples of special needs accommodations that we may be able to arrange for you are:
- Additional time
- Permission to leave the exam room for breaks
- Permission for more leg room due to an injury

We are unable to facilitate any special needs accommodation requests after the exam registration closure date.