Frequently Asked Questions

Why do pharmacist applicants and pharmacy technician applicants write the same Jurisprudence Exam?

Because pharmacists and pharmacy technicians practise under the same federal and provincial legislation, they must know the same pharmacy-related jurisprudence. Furthermore, both professions practise under the same scope of practice (subject to terms, conditions and limitations for each profession) and share the same Code of Ethics, so their knowledge-based assessment for jurisprudence at entry to practice should also be the same.


When in my registration process can I write the Jurisprudence Exam?

The Exam must be successfully completed within three years of meeting all the other registration requirements and registering as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician. You should not write it too early in your registration process and have it expire before you are registered as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician because you will be required to pass the current Jurisprudence Exam again in order to move forward with your registration.

If you are completing a pharmacy program in Ontario, you should complete the Jurisprudence curriculum before writing the Exam. Although not required, having some exposure to or experience in pharmacy practice in Canada before writing the Exam may also help provide you with some context for how the legislation is applied to practice. Beginning your Structured Practical Training before attempting the Jurisprudence Exam is recommended to supplement your education and exam preparation. Therefore, you should carefully consider your education, training and practice experience when deciding if you are ready to write this Exam.


Why is the Jurisprudence Exam only valid for three years?

The Exam must be successfully completed within three years of meeting all of the other registration requirements and registering as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician. The Exam tests your understanding of current pharmacy practice legislation. Because legislation changes, a pass result from more than three years ago does not demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of current legislation. Once registered with OCP, this Exam requirement is considered met and you do not need to write this entry-to-practice exam again as an OCP member in good standing.


How can I find out if I am registered for the Jurisprudence Exam? How do I find out where the Exam is being written?

After you have registered online for the Exam, you can check your login profile to confirm your registration. Due to variations in the number of candidates writing at each test site for each exam, the test sites can not be finalized until closer to the exam date. The specific test site details (i.e., location and room number) will be posted in your profile within two to three weeks before the Exam.


How is the Jurisprudence Exam scored?

The pass score for each exam is set using a criterion-referenced pass/fail standard that represents the minimum performance level for entry-to-practice. The pass score varies with each exam based on the questions that are selected using the Exam Blueprint and reflects the overall level of difficulty of that particular exam. This process helps standardize each sitting of the exam. A thorough review and statistical analysis is completed with each exam to ensure the results are fair and valid.

A pass or fail result is based only on the individual candidate’s performance compared to the pass score. The performances of pharmacist and pharmacy technician candidates are not compared to one another. There is no built-in passing or failing rate (i.e., no “bell curving”). For more information, please refer to the Jurisprudence Examination Blueprint page.


When are my Jurisprudence Exam results released?

The results are released in writing within four to six weeks after the exam date. You will receive an email when the results are available, and can access your results online by logging into your profile.


What information will I receive if I fail the Jurisprudence Exam?

You will be provided with a performance profile that indicates your overall score and individual scores on the different sections of the Exam that are listed on the Examination Blueprint. The profile is helpful in highlighting your areas of strengths and areas for improvement to provide guidance in preparing for your next attempt at the Exam. You may also contact a registration advisor to discuss your exam performance and receive support in moving forward with meeting this requirement.