Jurisprudence Exam

Important Notices Regarding Fall 2020 Jurisprudence Exam

1. The College is transitioning the Jurisprudence Exam from a paper based test to a computer based test. This move will allow additional flexibility in accessing the exam for applicants and increased security measures.

This Fall will be the first time the College is administering the Jurisprudence Exam via computer-based testing. Candidates will have a choice between a Prometric testing centre and online remote proctoring at home to access the exam, depending on availability. If opting for online remote proctoring, please note that technology and testing environment requirements must be met by the candidate and that there is a possibility of experiencing technical issues during the exam. The College will take all reasonable measures to prevent these issues from occurring.

2. With the upcoming changes to the College’s registration and quality assurance regulations, only candidates who have fully completed their education requirements (i.e., graduated from an approved pharmacy program or required bridging education program) are eligible to take the exam. Candidates should check the relevant pharmacist or pharmacy technician registration pathway to see when they are eligible to take the exam. Once approved, the exam must be successfully completed within the two years prior to submitting a final application to register as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician.

3. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the College is following public health measures to prevent the spread of the virus and to help ensure the safety of candidates, staff and all others involved with the administration of the exam. Information about COVID-19 safety precautions at testing centres will be provided closer to the exam date.

The Jurisprudence Exam is an entry-to-practice requirement for registration as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in Ontario. It assesses a candidate’s knowledge of federal and provincial legislation affecting pharmacy practice in Ontario as part of the “Ethical, Legal and Professional Responsibilities” competency from the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians at Entry-to-Practice. The exam is based on an examination blueprint that has been approved by the Registration Committee.

Candidates should check the relevant pharmacist or pharmacy technician registration pathway to see when they are eligible to take the exam. Once approved, the new regulations will require candidates to complete the exam no more than two years before submitting their final application for registration as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in Ontario.

The exam is offered in both English and French.

Requests for testing accommodations will be considered on an individual basis when received with the application at least 45 days before the exam date.

Exam Dates

In 2020, the exam dates are October 8 and November 11. The online application for these exams will be available on September 1. Candidates for the 2020 exams should submit their application as early as possible as there will be limited seats and COVID-19 physical distancing requirements may affect spacing and capacity at the testing centres.

Beginning in 2021, the exam will be offered three times per year in February, June and October. Dates for 2021 will be posted soon.

Exam Locations

The exam is offered in select Prometric testing centres across Canada, and online by remote proctor.

Testing centres are located in:

  • Ontario – Hamilton, London, Mississauga, Ottawa, North York, Toronto (downtown)
  • Quebec – Quebec City, Montreal (Pointe-Claire)
  • Western Provinces – Calgary, AB; Edmonton, AB; Regina, SK; Saskatoon, SK; Vancouver, BC; Winnipeg, MB
  • Eastern Provinces – Dartmouth, NS; St. John’s, NFLD