Important note regarding deadline: Pharmacy technician candidates pursuing registration/licensure with the PEI College of Pharmacists through the Transition Pathway must successfully complete all registration requirements, including submission of a completed application and payment of fees by December 31, 2018 in order to be eligible to license through this pathway. After this time, pharmacy technician candidates will be required to enroll in an accredited program to pursue registration and licensure as a pharmacy technician in PEI.
To be eligible to pursue registration and licensure through the Transition Pathway in PEI, a pharmacy assistant must have a minimum of 2000 hours of work experience in a practice site in Canada in the three years preceding entry to the Bridging Education Program. Pharmacy technician candidates must be sure to meet this criteria prior to taking the Bridging Education Program, and if unsure, contact the PEI College of Pharmacists for clarification.
Steps to Licesure
Intent to Register
Pharmacy technician candidates must complete and submit an Pharmacy Technician Candidate Registration form.
The Pharmacy Technician Candidate registration form contains an PDF that must be downloaded and completed in order for candidates to demonstrate completion of the required 2000 hrs of work experience, in the 36 months prior to the application, to enter the transition pathway. The form must be must be signed by a supervisor or manager overseeing the applicants work experience. After submitting the Pharmacy Technician Candidate Registration Form, the applicant may log into their member profile on the PEI College of Pharmacist website, using the log in credentials created during the application process, and upload the completed work experience document using the upload document function. The original document must then be forwarded to the PEI College of Pharmacists office.
Successfully complete the Bridging Program. The Bridging program consists of four required bridging courses. The program is delivered online through Selkirk College. For more information on registration, contact Selkirk College.
PEBC Evaluating Exam
Successfully complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating exam.
Visit the PEBC website for information on registration requirements, sitting dates and exam sites.
This exam may be completed prior to, during, or after completing the Bridging Program.
Meet English Language Proficiency Requirements. Language Proficiency requirements, in accordance with the PEI College of Pharmacists English Language Proficiency Requirements for Pharmacists and Technicians Policy, must be met prior to beginning the Pharmacy Technician Assessment.
Pharmacy Technician Assessment (PTA)
Successfully complete the Pharmacy Technician Assessment (PTA). Please note that the Bridging Program must be completed prior to applying for the PTA. Candidates must be registered as a Pharmacy Technician Student with the PEI College of Pharmacists prior to commencing the PTA. See Student Registration
Pharmacy Technician Assessment
The Pharmacy Technician Assessment (PTA) is a competency assessment of the technician candidate performed in the workplace by an approved Pharmacy Technician or Pharmacist registered with the PEI College of Pharmacists.
Prior to completing the PTA, the technician candidate must complete the PEBC Evaluating Exam, the National Bridging Education Program and meet language proficiency requirements. The PTA application can be found in the member profile after becoming registered as a student with the PEI College of Pharmacists.
PEBC Qualifying Exam
Successfully complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Examinations- Part 1 (MCQ) and Part 2 (OSPE).
Although listed as one of the final steps, the PEBC Qualifying exams may be completed at any time after successful completion of the PEBC Evaluating exam.
Successfully complete the PEI College of Pharmacists Jurisprudence Exam. There are two regular exam sitting scheduled per year, in the spring and fall. A special sitting may be arranged by completing the Jurisprudence Exam Application and indicating a date and time that would work for the applicant. The PEI College of Pharmacist will work with the applicant to find a date that works for both parties.
The application for the jurisprudence exam can be found in the member area of the PEI College of Pharmacists website. This application can be accessed after the Pharmacy Technician Candidate Registration form is submitted and reviewed by the College. The username and password created within the Intent to Register application is used to access the member area of the website.
Applicants must successfully complete the PEBC Evaluating exam as well as successfully complete all four bridging courses to be eligible to write the jurisprudence exam.