As part of our mission to maintain standards of pharmacy education and training in Australia, we offer several examinations. Our exams include the:

  • Intern Written Exam (IWE)
  • Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) exam
  • Competency Assessment of Overseas Pharmacists (CAOP) exam

These exams assess the knowledge and competencies of pharmacists who want to register to practise in Australia.

On this page

Updates on exams

During the pandemic, you must bring and wear your own face mask while you’re at the test center and throughout your exam. Read the latest health & safety requirements at Pearson VUE-owned test centers.

For recent updates relating to COVID-19 see APC's Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

KAPS exam updates

Due to COVID-19, the following test centres will remain closed until further notice:

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Doha, Qatar

We will let you know when they are available again. 

Back to top

Exam centres

If you're in Australia, you can sit our exams in:

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Darwin
  • Hobart
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney

You can also sit the IWE in Townsville if numbers allow.

If you're outside of Australia, check the specific exam details below for exam centre locations.

Different exam centres will have different dates for exam sessions. Please finish registering before you arrange your travel.

Back to top

Intern Written Exam

The IWE assesses your ability to practise pharmacy in Australia. You can sit it if you:

The exam is now 2 hours instead of 3. It has a total of 75 questions. 

Exam dates

Registrations Open

Registrations Close

Exam Dates

25 August 2020

7 September 2020

17 - 21 October 2020

27 October 2020

9 November 2020

6 December 2020

For details on how to register, see the Intern Written Exam step-by-guide

Learn more about the OnVUE exam process.

Scheduled dates may vary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In case you're not sure which exam delivery mode to choose, we've compared the two options to help you decide.

Event-based exam delivered in a test centre

Online proctored exam delivered by OnVUE

Registration Period

25 Aug – 07 Sep

25 Aug – 07 Sep

Exam dates

17-18 October

17-21 October

Availability

3 sessions per day

24 hours a day

Registration steps

Select “at a local Test Centre”

Select “at home or office”

Run pre-check to ensure your device meets the system requirements for OnVUE

Changes to booking

Changes can be made to your exam appointment during the registration period (subject to seat availability).

No changes can be made to your appointment after registrations close

Your exam appointment details can be changed up to 1 hour before your scheduled exam time. This is subject to availability of the session.

Refunds

Same – see refund policy

Same – see refund policy

Special accommodation

Some limitations – see special accommodation table

Some limitations – see special accommodation table

Identification Documents (ID)

2 IDs required – refer to your confirmation email

1 ID required – refer to your confirmation email

Bathroom breaks

Permitted

Not permitted

Permitted Resources

Any reference books

Any reference books

Items allowed on your desk

Calculator

Any item on the Comfort Aid list

You will be provided a whiteboard notebook and pen

Calculator

Any item on the Comfort Aid list

A glass of water

Online tools

Calculator

Calculator

Online whiteboard tool

Arrival time

45 min prior to the exam

30 min prior to the exam

Invigilator

Test Centre invigilators

Artificial intelligence, greeters, and online remote proctors

Support during the exam

Test Centre invigilators

Online chat tool with your online remote proctor

Result release date

09 November 2020

09 November 2020

Exam centres

If you're in Australia, see our list of Australian exam centres.

If you're outside of Australia, you'll need to travel to an Australian exam centre, as you cannot currently sit the IWE in other countries.

Back to top

KAPS exam

The KAPS exam tests your knowledge of basic pharmaceutical sciences as they relate to practising in Australia. You can sit this exam if you've:

  • completed your pharmacy degree in a country outside of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA
  • received an email from us confirming that you're eligible to sit the KAPS exam

Exam dates

Registrations Open Registrations Close Exam Dates
13 October 2020 26 October 2020 6 - 8 December 2020

The KAPS exam includes 2 papers. If you're registering for both papers, you'll need to sit them on the same date.

For details, see the Knowledge Stream (Stream A) step-by-step guide

Scheduled dates may vary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exam centres

If you're in Australia, see our list of Australian exam centres.

If you're outside of Australia, you can sit your KAPS exam in the following cities:

Country

City

Argentina

Buenos Aires (closed until further notice due to COVID-19)

Egypt

Cairo and surrounding areas

Greece

Athens

Hong Kong SAR

Hong Kong

India

Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Mumbai

Kenya

Nairobi

New Zealand

Auckland and Wellington

Oman

Muscat

Pakistan

Islamabad

Peru

Lima

Philippines

Manila

Qatar

Doha (closed until further notice due to COVID-19)

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh

Singapore

Singapore

South Africa

Johannesburg

United Arab Emirates

Dubai and surrounding areas

United Kingdom

London

Zimbabwe

Harare

Back to top

CAOP exam

The CAOP exam assesses your ability to apply pharmaceutical knowledge and your competence to practise in Australia. You can sit this exam if you:

  • completed your pharmacy degree in Canada, Ireland, the UK or the USA
  • are also registered to practise pharmacy in that country
  • have received an email from us confirming that you're eligible to sit the CAOP exam

For more information, see the Competency Stream (Stream B) step-by-step guide.

Exam dates

Registrations Open Registrations Close Exam Dates
23 June 2020 7 July 2020 24 - 26 July 2020
27 October 2020 9 November 2020 4 - 6 December 2020

Scheduled dates may vary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exam centres

If you're in Australia, see our list of Australian exam centres.

If you're outside of Australia, you can sit your CAOP exam in the following cities:

Country

City

New Zealand

Auckland

United Kingdom

London

Back to top

Exam candidate information

If you are sitting an online proctored IWE exam, please see the OnVUE exam candidate information.

Registration

Registrations open at 9am and close at 5pm AEDT/AEST. Check these times in your local time zone with a time zone converter.

We reserve exam seats on a first-come first-served basis. When an exam schedule is full, we close registration for that session.  We cannot accept any late registrations.

Some locations fill up fast, so we suggest booking your exam as soon as possible after registration opens.

You can choose a different exam centre if it's available. However, you cannot make any changes after registration closes.

If you have any trouble booking your exam, email us on exams@pharmacycouncil.org.au for help.

Confirmation

You'll receive a confirmation email from our exam provider, Pearson VUE, once you've finished selecting your exam session. Read this email carefully because it will contain details on the exam venue, date and time. Ensure that you:

  • check the exam centre details and location before the exam date
  • arrive at the exam centre at least 45 minutes before the exam starts

If you arrive at the venue after the exam starts, you will not be able to enter the room.


Asking for special accommodation

If you have a disability or health-related needs, you may ask for extra support or an adjustment to complete the exam. We call this type of support 'special accommodation'.

Examples of special accommodation requests might include:

  • more time to complete the exam
  • being able to leave the exam room for breaks
  • more leg room at your exam desk if you're injured

You'll need to provide evidence to justify your request.

For details, see our Special Accommodation policy.


What to bring with you

You'll need to show 2 forms of identity (ID) to enter the exam room and sit the exam. At least one form must be an acceptable form of primary ID from the list below. All IDs must be current and valid. We cannot accept expired IDs.

Usually, both documents would be issued by the country where you're sitting the exam.

If you do not have an acceptable primary ID from that country, use an international travel passport from your country of citizenship as your primary ID.

Online proctored exams have different ID requirements. If you are sitting the exam remotely, please see OnVUE exam candidate information. 

Primary ID

This ID document must be issued by your government and contain:

  • your full name
  • a recognisable photograph
  • your signature

Types of acceptable primary ID include:

  • international passport
  • government-issued national identity card (with a photo)
  • government-issued citizenship card (with a photo)
  • Australian or New Zealand driver’s licence

Secondary ID

This ID document must either contain:

  • your name and signature, OR
  • your name and a recognisable photo

Types of acceptable secondary ID include:

  • debit (ATM) card
  • credit card
  • any document on the primary ID list
ID requirements
  • The name on both forms of your ID must match the name you used to register for your exam. Email us on exams@pharmacycouncil.org.au before the exam if your name on any ID form is different to the one you used to register.
  • All forms of ID must be originals. We will not accept photocopies, even if they're certified.
  • If you have an issue with any of your ID forms, email us on exams@pharmacycouncil.org.au at least 3 days before the exam to request a pre-approval.
Other items

Other items that you can and cannot bring into the exam room with you will vary between exams. For details, see the step-by-step page guide for your specific exam:

 

Refunds and cancellations

If you need to withdraw from an exam, see our APC Refund of Fees for Examination Cancellation Guidelines policy.

This policy also applies if you're ill, or if personal circumstances prevent you from sitting the exam on the day.

Back to top
 

Related content

Was this page helpful?