In order to register as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in Ontario, applicants must have graduated from an accredited pharmacy education program, or an international pharmacy education program recognized by PEBC and an approved bridging education program.
Accredited Pharmacy Programs
The College accepts pharmacy programs that have been accredited to Canadian standards by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP), and pharmacy degree programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
Graduates of these accredited programs are commonly referred to as “CCAPP graduates” or “ACPE graduates”.
International pharmacy educational programs not fully accredited by either the CCAPP or the ACPE may be recognized by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) as one whose graduates may be eligible to pursue registration as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in Canada. Graduates from these programs must complete the PEBC evaluation process which includes the PEBC Document Evaluation to evaluate their educational and professional credentials to determine if they are eligible to write the PEBC Evaluating Exam, and then passing this exam.
Graduates of international programs are commonly referred to as “international pharmacy graduates” (IPGs).
OCP Council has approved the International Pharmacy Graduates Program (IPG Program) for pharmacist applicants and the National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program for pharmacy technician applicants as the required bridging programs. International pharmacy technician applicants must also successfully complete the Orientation to the Canadian Health Care Systems, Culture and Context course as part of their bridging education program.
Successful completion of the relevant bridging education program is a non-exemptible registration requirement for IPGs or international pharmacy technician applicants, except for those applicants who successfully complete the relevant PEBC Qualifying Examination, Parts I and II on their first attempt.
In-the-profession pharmacy technician applicants who were employed as a pharmacy assistant in Canada had to successfully complete this bridging education program by January 1, 2015. For more information about this past deadline, please see the Fact Sheet.
Expiry & Validity Dates
The educational requirements for registration as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician must have been met within the two years before applying to ensure that the practitioner has current knowledge and skills to practise safely. There are alternative measures to enable the applicant to demonstrate currency of education.