This pathway shows you how to request a Skills Assessment letter. It applies if you completed your pharmacy degree at an accredited institution in Australia as an international student, or in New Zealand.
You need the Skills Assessment letter to get a visa to start or continue working here, or if you want to migrate here.
This process applies if you:
You might be a recent graduate, or a provisionally or fully registered pharmacist.
Processing time: 8 weeks
If you leave out any documents or provide incorrect information, the process will take longer.
When you apply for a Skills Assessment letter, you need to include scans of:
You do not need to:
If you leave out any documents or provide incorrect information, the process will take longer than usual.
Your name must appear the same way on all your documents as it does on your passport, including your:
Send us proof of any name change. Documents that prove a change of name include:
Have all non-English documents translated into English. An extract translation of the document/s will not be accepted.
You must use a translator who is accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
Include scans of the original non-English document and the original translated document in 1 file.
Scan all original documents in colour. We will not accept scans of a copy, even if you get it certified.
The images must be clear enough for us to read the file, so scan them in high resolution. Include all edges, corners and images from the original document.
If a document has more than 1 page, save all pages in 1 file.
Name each file in English with a descriptive title, for example:
To apply using this process, you must have graduated from an accredited degree program in Australia or New Zealand. To show this, please include:
See a list of accredited degree programs in Australia and New Zealand
Provide the pages of your current passport showing your photo, personal details, and passport issue and expiry dates.
We cannot accept scans of an expired passport.
You do not need to be a registered pharmacist to apply for a Skills Assessment letter.
We can consider your work experience if you've worked:
We cannot consider your work experience if you are provisionally registered.
If you have worked as a pharmacist and you want us to comment on your registration or work history, include:
If your degree is incomplete, you are not eligible for a Skills Assessment letter.
If you completed your degree in a different country, go to Skills Assessment.
You will need to provide us with documents to:
Anyone can help you fill out forms or give you general help with your application.
But you may want us to correspond with another person, such as a migration agent or family member, instead of you.
If you want to nominate someone else to work with us, download and fill in our Agent Authorisation form. Both you and your nominated agent must sign it.
Please note that your nominated agent must use a different email address to yours.
You'll need to scan and upload the completed form in your application where it says 'If you use an agent'.
If you nominate someone else, we'll only talk to your authorised agent about your Skills Assessment letter.
Create an account in our Candidate Portal using your name and address.
In the portal, you will:
Make sure you have all the correct documents, and that they're correctly prepared.
We can accept payment by credit or debit card. Your card must be issued by a bank in your country of residence.
We will let you know when we've received your application.
It will take us about 8 weeks to complete your eligibility check.
If you leave out any documents or send us the wrong ones, it will take us longer.
We may email you to tell you we need more information.
If we ask for more information, you have 90 days to get this to us.
If we do not receive the correct information from you within 90 days, our system will close your application. If this happens, you'll need to re-apply and pay the fee again.
We will email you (or your agent) a copy of the Skills Assessment letter.