Become a registered Australian pharmacist

There are 2 different processes to become a registered Australian pharmacist. The process that applies to you depends on if you hold current registration in Australia or New Zealand.


Due to a substantial increase in applications there may be a delay in assessing your application. While we will endeavour to meet our 8 week deadline, in some cases, assessments may take longer to complete.

 


This message is for existing candidates only.

New candidates will automatically be issued with a username and password.

We have recently enhanced the functionality and usability of our web portal for all our stakeholders.

As part of this improved user experience, you now require new details when using our system.

If you have not been notified of your new username and password please contact us at admin@pharmacycouncil.org.au

We appreciate your assistance.

 

Overseas trained pharmacists who hold current registration in Australia or New Zealand

Note that if you are generally registered as a pharmacist in New Zealand and are not intending to migrate to Australia you do not need to apply for an APC skills assessment. Under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement you can apply for registration directly with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.  However if you are intending to migrate to Australia you will need to apply for an APC skills assessment as outlined in the process below.

If you are an overseas trained pharmacist that holds current registration in Australia or New Zealand the following steps must be followed, starting with applying for an APC skills assessment.

Step 1: Apply for an APC skills assessment

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

  • providing personal information (eg. your date of birth)
  • providing supporting documents and
  • paying the assessment fee.

 

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

For a list of the supporting documents you need to provide visit our Documents you need page.

To commence an application visit our Apply for an assessment to become an Australian Pharmacist page.

Step 2: Application assessed

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

Our skills assessments can take approximately 8 weeks to complete from the date of receipt.

If we require more information about your application or supporting documentation we will send you (or your agent) a detailed email requesting this information. This will mean a delay to the processing of your skills assessment application. 

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
  • if all our verification checks are completed successfully.

 

You will receive an email confirming the completion of your skills assessment application processing. 

A hard copy of your skills assessment letter will be sent to you by post.  If you live outside Australia you should allow 4 to 6 weeks for the delivery of this letter.

Step 4: Apply to the DIBP

You can use the skills assessment letter as part of a visa or migration application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

For overseas pharmacists who do not hold current registration in Australia or New Zealand

If you are an overseas trained pharmacist that does not have current registration in Australia or New Zealand the following steps must be followed starting with applying for an APC eligibility assessment.  

Step 1: Apply for an APC eligibility assessment

You will need to complete your application for an APC eligibility assessment that will include.

  • providing personal information (eg. your date of birth)
  • providing supporting documents and
  • paying the assessment fee.

 

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

For a list of the supporting documents you need to provide visit our Documents you need page.

To commence an application visit our Apply for an assessment to become an Australian Pharmacist page.

Step 2: Application assessed

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

Our eligibility assessments can take approximately 8 weeks to complete from the date of receipt.

If we require more information about your application or supporting documentation we will send you (or your agent) a detailed email requesting this information. This will mean a delay to the processing of your eligibility assessment application.

Step 3: Eligibility letter issue

An eligibility letter will be issued to you once:

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

 

An eligibility letter will be emailed to you.  This letter will confirm whether you are eligible for Stream A or B and give you instructions on how to apply for the relevant examination.

Step 4: Sit and pass an examination

Candidates that have been assessed as a Stream A candidate will need to sit and pass the Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) examination.

Candidates that have been assessed as a Stream B candidate will need to sit and pass the Competency Assessment of Overseas Pharmacists (CAOP) examination.

For detailed information on examination requirements visit the Sitting an exam page.

Step 5: Skills assessment letter issue

If you successfully pass the examination/s you will receive an email confirming your results and a hard copy of your skills assessment letter sent to you by post.  If you live outside Australia you should allow 4 to 6 weeks for the delivery of this letter.

Step 6: Apply to the PBA or DIBP

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

The registration process for overseas trained pharmacists can be found on the PBA’s website.  Please direct any registration enquirers you have to the PBA.