Process to become a registered Australian pharmacist

There is a specific process for international graduates of Australian and New Zealand pharmacy programs to complete skills assessment.

You will need to follow the steps below for an APC skills assessment letter to be issued.

Step 1: Apply for an APC skills assessment

You will need to complete your application for an APC skills assessment.

As a part of your application you will be asked to provide personal information (eg. your date of birth), provide supporting documents and pay the assessment fee.

You can confirm the eligibility requirements for an APC skills assessment on our Am I Eligible? page.

Go to Apply for an assessment to become an Australian Pharmacist to commence your application. 

Step 2: Application assessed

Upon receipt of your application and fee, we will review your application. As a part of this review we will verify the validity and content of all your documents, including contacting third parties for verification purposes.

APC skills assessments can take approximately 8 weeks to complete.

If we require more information about your application or supporting documentation, we will send you (or your agent) a detailed email requesting this information. Requests for further information, it will mean a delay to your skills assessment process.

Step 3: Skills assessment letter issue

A skills assessment letter will be issued to you once:

  • you have provided all the required documentation and information, and
  • all our verification checks are completed successfully, and
  • you meet the assessment requirements.

If you provide all the required documentation and information, and if all APC verification checks are completed successfully, a skills assessment letter will be issued to you. 

You will receive an email confirming the completion of your skills assessment process.  You will receive a hard copy of your skills assessment letter sent to you by post.  If you live outside Australia, you should allow 4-6 weeks for the delivery of this letter.

Step 4: Apply to the PBA or DIBP

You can use the skills assessment letter as part of an application to the Pharmacy Board of Australia for the commencement of registration process or in a visa or migration application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.