This page shows you how to register with us to sit the CAOP exam. Passing this exam is a step in the process to become a fully registered pharmacist with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.
This pathway is for candidates who want to practise pharmacy in New Zealand.
You can register with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand (PCNZ) once you pass the Competency Assessment of Overseas Pharmacists (CAOP) examination.
To be eligible to sit the CAOP exam you must:
Key dates: see Exam dates and centres
Cost: AU$1870 per attempt
To register for the New Zealand CAOP exam, you'll need to upload a scan of a recent, passport-sized photo. This photo must have been taken within the past 6 months.
If you have a disability or health-related needs, you may request extra support or an adjustment on the day of the exam. We call this type of support special accommodation.
Examples of special accommodation requests might include:
You'll need to provide evidence to justify your request.
If you'd like to request special accommodation, you'll need a medical certificate from a recognised healthcare worker. This certificate must include:
For details on what we require when you apply, see our Special Accommodation Policy.
If you're a first-time user, create an account in our Candidate Portal.
If you're a returning user, sign in to your account with your username and password.
If you cannot sign in, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll help you to fix the issue.
Do not try to create another account with a different email address. Our system only allows you to have 1 account.
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.
If you nominate someone else, we'll only talk to your authorised agent about your exam results.
Go to the Exam dates and centres page to find out where and when the next exam will be.
We'll review your documents. If we approve your request, we'll email you extra information before the exam date. If we decline it, we'll email you to let you know.
Our exam provider, Pearson VUE, will email you to confirm that they've temporarily reserved a seat for you. Paying your fee in the next step will secure your seat.
Paying the fee secures your seat at the exam.
We'll email you a receipt for your payment after we process the order.
We'll send you a reminder email around 3 days before your exam.
Read this email carefully. It will include:
We offer several resources that will help you prepare to sit the exam. These include:
To enter the exam room, you'll need your ID documents.
The CAOP exam is 'restricted open-book'. This means you can bring with you:
The approved reference books include any edition:
Your reference books must not contain any annotations, handwritten notes or loose additional notes.
However, you may highlight or flag parts of the text before the exam.
At your desk, Pearson VUE will provide:
However, at your exam desk, you cannot have:
The CAOP exam includes 70 multiple choice questions. Of these, 63 are scored questions, and 7 are unscored.
You'll have 2 hours to complete all 70 questions.
The CAOP exam covers 5 content areas:
You must complete all 70 questions.
Learn more about what's in the exam in the CAOP Examination guide.
We'll email you or your agent after your results are available. Expect this to be around 4 weeks after you sit the exam.
You'll be able to view and download your results certificate from the Candidate Portal.
If you do not see your results in the Candidate Portal, email us on email@example.com and provide your:
The CAOP is a pass or fail exam. The pass standard for the exam is set at a level that demonstrates competency.
This is based on the performance of candidates in prior sittings and analysis of results over previous years.
Each candidate receives a results certificate indicating the pass or fail outcome.
Learn more about results in the CAOP Guide.
If you did not pass the CAOP exam, we’ll send you a breakdown of your results.
If you're unhappy with your results, see our Appeals policy.
Once you've passed the New Zealand CAOP exam, you can: