Extending the Validity of Language Proficiency Test Scores

First approved: April 2006

Revised: November 2016

Reviewed: November 2016


All applicants who meet the language proficiency requirement through a language proficiency test are required to possess valid scores at the time of his or her initial registration and, if applicable, when progressing to the next class of registration. This policy allows for the extension of the validity of an applicant’s acceptable scores that have expired before he or she has completed all of the requirements for a subsequent certificate of registration (e.g., bridging education, structured practical training, or any of the required examinations) without having to undergo further objective language proficiency testing or review by a panel of the Registration Committee.


Policy

The College will extend the validity of an applicant’s language proficiency test scores where the applicant meets the Decision Criteria. An extension is valid for a period of no more than one year.


Process

The applicant will advise College staff when they submit their application that their language proficiency test scores will require extension. College staff will review the applicant’s file, and decide whether the applicant meets the criteria for an extension. The applicant will be notified of the outcome of the review within five business days.


Decision Criteria

The validity of an applicant’s language proficiency test scores will be extended without referral to a panel of the Registration Committee where:

  1. The applicant is actively engaged in or has recently successfully completed the required or approved education or training requirements related to becoming registered as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician;
  2. The original test scores meet the NAPRA language proficiency requirements for pharmacists or pharmacy technicians as applicable;
  3. The original test scores have expired within the past two years; and
  4. In the opinion of the Registrar, there is no other evidence to suggest the applicant is not sufficiently proficient in English or French to be a member of the College.

Possible Outcomes

Language proficiency test scores extended

The validity of the test scores will be extended for up to one year from the original expiry date to allow the applicant to fulfill the remaining registration requirements without having to wait for a panel of the Registration Committee to review their application. A notation of the extended expiry date will be made on the applicant’s record.

If a second extension is required, and the applicant continues to meet the decision criteria, the validity of the test scores will be extended for up to one additional year to allow the applicant to fulfill the remaining registration requirements without having to wait for a panel of the Registration Committee to review their application. A notation of the extended expiry date will be made on the applicant’s record.

Language proficiency test scores not extended

The application will be referred to a panel of the Registration Committee for review, or the applicant may choose to submit current, acceptable test scores.


Legislative references

College Contact: Registration Programs