- All candidates must begin at Step 1 to pre-register with the College
- Undergraduates proceed to Step 2
- Canada/US graduates licensed in Canada proceed to Step 4
- Canada/US graduates licensed outside of Canada proceed to Step 3
- Graduates from a pharmacy degree program accredited by either the Canadian Council for Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) who have not been licensed to practice in any jurisdiction proceed to Step 3
Step 1: Pre-Register with Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP)
A pre-registration number will be assigned to you upon processing of the following:
Step 2: Register as a Student
NOTE: To perform any of the “controlled acts” (duties) of the pharmacy profession in Ontario you must register as a pharmacy student. This registration must be confirmed by OCP before participating in clinical rotations or working as a pharmacy student.
To register as a pharmacy student, please submit:
Students enrolled in an accredited pharmacy degree program in Canada or the United States are not required to complete a formal period of in-service training at the studentship level through OCP as this level of training occurs in the undergraduate curriculum.
NOTE: You must notify OCP of any sites that you will be engaged in pharmacy practice as a pharmacy student. If you are working in a pharmacy but NOT completing structured practical training, complete and submit the Notice of Pharmacy Work Placement form
Step 3: Register as an Intern
To register an intern-level training position (internship) in a community or hospital pharmacy, please submit:
Structured Practical Training (SPT) InternshipWhile registered as an intern you must complete a MINIMUM of 12 weeks of Structured Practical Training. Upon registration as an intern, you may apply to complete your SPT Internship with OCP. Please provide your SPT training information on the Structured Practical Training (SPT) Application
OCP will verify the following:
Once OCP approves your eligibility to begin training as an intern, you will receive an email confirming your official internship start date and information on how to download your SPT internship manual and handbook.
You must notify OCP of any sites that you will be engaged in pharmacy practice as a pharmacy intern. If you are working in a pharmacy but NOT completing structured practical training, complete and submit the Notice of Pharmacy Work Placement
NOTE: The MINIMUM length of SPT internship is 12 weeks. However, the actual duration of training will reflect the intern’s ability to demonstrate the required NAPRA competencies. If you and/or your preceptor feel that more than 12 weeks is needed to complete training you may contact a Registration Advisor to discuss extending the training.
- Your eligibility to register as an intern
- The eligibility of your proposed preceptor (see SPT Preceptor Criteria)
- The eligibility of your training site (see SPT Site Criteria)
Step 4 – Register as a Pharmacist
To be eligible to apply for a Certificate of Registration as a Pharmacist you must:
To register as a pharmacist, please submit:
NOTE: It is expected that you complete all of the requirements of licensure as a pharmacist within 2 years from the date of graduation and completion of SPT internship, otherwise a request must be made to the Panel of the Registration Committee.
- successfully complete a minimum of 12 weeks of SPT Internship and
- pass the Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence Examination, and
- pass the PEBC Qualifying Examination Parts I and II
Please allow one to two weeks for your application to be processed. A Client Services representative will notify you when you are licensed.
Click here to see a sample of the range of costs and time it may take to complete the registration process.