International Pharmacy Graduate - PACE

If you are currently an undergraduate from an international pharmacy program you are not eligible to begin the registration process in Ontario until after you graduate.

If you are a graduate from an international pharmacy program and did not apply for SPT Studentship before January 18, 2017, you must follow the steps below to register as a pharmacist in Ontario. You will be required to successfully complete the College’s Practice Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE).

If you are a graduate from an international pharmacy program who passed both parts of the PEBC Qualifying Exam for pharmacists on the first attempt, you are eligible to follow one of the other registration pathways for international pharmacy graduates depending on when you applied to begin the assessment for the College’s practice-based registration requirement.

If you applied for SPT Studentship before January 18, 2017 but did not begin your SPT Studentship with your initially identified preceptor by March 1, 2017, you are required to follow this registration pathway.


Step 1:

Enroll in the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada


Step 2:

PEBC Document Evaluation & Evaluating Exam

  • Your education and professional credentials must be evaluated and ruled acceptable as part of the PEBC Document Evaluation
  • Successfully complete the PEBC Evaluating Exam
  • These are administered by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada
  • Once you have received confirmation that you have successfully completed the PEBC Evaluating Exam, you may select Ontario as your provincial regulatory authority (PRA) from your Gateway file
  • The College will confirm your results with the Gateway and create your OCP account; you do not have to pay the College’s pre-registration fee

Step 3:

IPG Program*

Register as a Student


Step 4:

Practical Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE)*

  • Complete PACE
  • Login to your account to apply
  • You must successfully complete PACE to be eligible to register as an intern (optional) or as a pharmacist

Step 5:

Jurisprudence Exam*

PEBC Qualifying Exam*

  • Successfully complete Parts I and II of the PEBC Qualifying Exam for pharmacists
  • You may complete this exam at any point after you have completed Step 2
  • This exam is administered by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada
  • Please provide the College with your PEBC ID number so that your results can be confirmed with the Gateway

Register as an Intern - Optional

  • You may register as an intern if:
    • Your student status expires while you are waiting to meet any other pharmacist registration requirements (e.g., Jurisprudence Exam) and you wish to continue practising in the scope of the profession, or
    • You would like to practise in the scope of the profession while registered as an intern
  • Obtain personal professional liability insurance
  • Login to your account to apply
  • Pay the intern application fee
  • Complete the Declaration of Good Character
  • Your evidence of language proficiency must be current to proceed

Step 6:

Final application for Certificate of Registration as a Pharmacist


Fees & Timelines

Many of the requirements for registration have expiry dates to ensure that your knowledge, skills and judgment are current at the time of your final application. The chart that explains fees and timelines for international pharmacy graduates will help you anticipate the costs and time required to register as a pharmacist in Ontario.


*Non-exemptible requirement


If you have questions about the registration process send an email to memberapplications@ocpinfo.com or phone 416-962-4861 or 1-800-220-1921 ext. 3400