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
  • 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.

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Updates on exams

COVID-19 safety procedures

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

Candidates must comply with State and Territory COVID-19 requirements. During check-in, you may need to provide evidence of:

  • your COVID-19 digital certificate, showing you have received all required vaccinations
  • a negative COVID-19 test result prior to the exam (timing will depend on the State or Territory).

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

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Test centres in Australia

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

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

You can also sit the Intern Written exam in Townsville if numbers allow.

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

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

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Exam dates and centres

Learn more about when and where you can sit your exam below.

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

You can choose to sit the Intern Written exam in one of 2 delivery modes:

You cannot change delivery mode after you've confirmed your appointment. To be sure of which delivery mode to choose, please see a comparison between test centre and online proctored exams.

Learn more about OnVUE online proctored exams.

Exam dates

Registrations Open

Registrations Close

Exam Dates

30 August 2022

12 September 2022

10 - 13 October 2022

17 January 2023

30 January 2023

20 - 21 February 2023

7 February 2023

22 May 2023

19 - 20 June 2023

30 May 2023

18 September 2023

23 - 26 October 2023

Scheduled dates and exam availability may vary due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

For registration details, see the Intern Written Exam step-by-guide

For reference materials and resources, see the Intern Written exam guide and sample paper.

Test centres

If you're in Australia, see our list of Australian test centres. Seat availability varies between test centres.

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

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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

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

Exam dates

Registrations Open

Registrations Close

Exam Dates

4 October 2022

17 October 2022

6 - 8 November 2022

24 January 2023

13 February 2023

6 - 8 March 2023

21 February 2023

13 June 2023

17 - 19 July 2023

20 June 2023

9 October 2023

20 - 22 November 2023

 

Scheduled dates may vary due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

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

To help prepare for your exam, see the KAPS exam guide and sample paper.

Test centres

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

Seat availability varies between test centres.

*Some centres may reach full capacity. Some centres may not be available for every session.

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

Country

City

Argentina

Buenos Aires

Egypt

Cairo and surrounding areas

Fiji

Nadi

Finland

Espoo

Ghana

Legon

Greece

Athens

Hong Kong SAR

Hong Kong

India

Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Mumbai

Jamaica

Kingston

Kenya

Nairobi

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

New Zealand

Auckland and Wellington

Oman

Muscat

Pakistan

Islamabad

Peru

Lima

Philippines

Manila

Qatar

Doha

Saudi Arabia

Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh

Singapore

Singapore

Spain

Madrid

Sri Lanka

Colombo

South Africa

Johannesburg

Thailand

Bangkok* (not available for November 2022 session)

United Arab Emirates

Dubai and surrounding areas

United Kingdom

London

Zimbabwe

Harare

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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.

You can choose to sit the CAOP exam in one of 2 delivery modes:

You cannot change delivery mode after you've confirmed your appointment. Please see a comparison between test centre and online proctored exams.

Learn more about online proctored exams.

Exam dates

Registrations Open

Registrations Close

Exam Dates

12 July 2022

25 July 2022

22 - 23 August 2022

18 October 2022

31 October

28 - 29 November 2022

24 January 2023

20 March 2023

17 - 18 April 2023

28 March 2023

10 July 2023

21 - 22 August 2023

18 July 2023

30 October 2023

27 - 28 November 2023

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

For registration details, see the Competency Stream (Stream B) step-by-step guide.

For reference materials and resources, see the CAOP exam guide and sample paper.

Test centres

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

Seat availability varies between test centres.

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

Country

City

New Zealand

Auckland and Wellington

United Kingdom

London

Fiji

Suva

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Exam candidate information

This information applies to candidates sitting their exam in a test centre. If you are sitting an online proctored Intern Written exam or CAOP 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 test 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 info@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 test centre details and location before the exam date
  • arrive at the test 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.

Identification requirements

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

Test centre candidates
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. They must also be original (not a photocopy or digital ID) and valid (unexpired).

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.

Primary ID

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

  • your full name
  • your date of birth (DOB)
  • 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 info@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 or electronic copies, even if they're certified.
  • If you have an issue with any of your ID forms, email us on info@pharmacycouncil.org.au at least 3 business days before the exam to request a pre-approval.

What to bring

Items that you can and cannot bring into the exam room with you will vary between exams. For details, check the 'Process' tab under your exam's step-by-step guide:

Refunds and cancellations

You can request a refund for any reason, however they are subject to our approval. You will either receive a full refund or a partial refund, depending on the timing of the cancellation, including either:

  • full refunds up to 5 days prior to the exam session, OR
  • partial refunds from 5 days prior to the exam session and within 4 weeks after the exam session.
You will need to cancel your exam in your Candidate Portal.

Learn more about our refunds under fees and payments.

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