Am I eligible?

Your skills assessment process with the APC will vary depending on if you hold current registration in Australia or New Zealand, where you gained your initial pharmacy qualification and your registration status overseas. This page outlines the eligibility requirements you will be expected to meet depending on these factors.

Your skills assessment process will vary depending on:

  • If you hold current registration in Australia or New Zealand,
  • Where you gained your initial pharmacy qualification, and
  • Your registration status overseas.

 

We have four different processes depending on the criteria above. These processes are called Streams.

If you do not meet the criteria for one of the Streams below you will not be eligible for an APC skills assessment.

Stream A Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for Stream A eligibility you must:

  • Have completed an approved pharmacy qualification
  • Be registered, be eligible for registration or eligibility for commencement of registration in the country where the initial pharmacy qualification was achieved.

Stream B Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for Stream B eligibility you must:

  • Have completed an approved pharmacy qualification from an accredited institution in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada or Ireland
  • Be currently registered to practise as a pharmacist in the country where the initial pharmacy qualification was achieved (eg the United Kingdom, United States, Canada or Ireland).

Reciprocal Stream

To be considered for the issuing of an APC skills assessment letter you must:

  • Have completed an approved pharmacy qualification from an accredited institution in the United Kingdom,
  • Have registered as a pharmacist in Australia under reciprocal agreements which were in place prior to 1 December 2006
  • Be currently registered to practice pharmacy in Australia

Trans-Tasman Stream

To be considered for the issuing of an APC skills assessment letter you must:

  • Be currently registered to practise pharmacy in New Zealand or Australia

What is an approved qualification?

Different countries issue different types of qualifications.  These qualifications can have different names like Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate, etc.  An approved qualification for APC eligibility purposes must meet a minimum period of study requirement.

If you completed your qualification after 1 January 2006, your qualification must be the equivalent of four years’ full-time academic study.

If you completed your qualification before 1 January 2006, your qualification must be the equivalent of at least three years’ full-time academic study.

If your qualification is not recognised by the pharmacy regulator in the country of qualification, that qualification will not meet our requirements.