International Graduates – Requirements

Ensuring that pharmacists entering the profession of pharmacy in PEI possess the necessary competencies to practice, is core to the mandate of the PEI College of Pharmacy.  The College recognizes the importance of quality assurance and that our organization should undertake quality assurance activities to improve our own policies and procedures.   

Effective May 27, 2022, the PEI College of Pharmacy will temporarily suspend the provisional registration pathway for internationally trained pharmacists.  The College is pausing registrations in order to conduct a full review of the program with the outcome of providing a fair and transparent registration process for our internationally trained applicants with appropriate supports and training for both preceptors and assessors.   Complete applications will continue to be accepted up to May 27, 2022, but must include all required documentation and fees.  Incomplete applications will be placed on hold and not processed until April 3, 2023.  

Provisional registration allows new graduates an opportunity to practice to full scope, under the supervision of a preceptor, while completing the required post-graduate practice experience and awaiting results of PEBC examinations. Provisional registrants were previously referred to as “interns.”

The requirements for Provisional Registration are set out in the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Regulations. As one of Canada’s pharmacy regulatory authorities (PRAs), the PEI College of Pharmacy has entrusted our national association, the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), to develop a new, national approach to facilitate the licensure process for international pharmacy graduates (IPGs) and to eliminate duplication.

This program – the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada – will now be the first point of access rather than the PEI College of Pharmacy. To help IPGs navigate the licensure process and facilitate their preparation for licensure in Canada, the Gateway provides a website with key information online and through telephone support and features two self-assessment tools which assist IPGs to make an informed decision before starting the process to become licensed as a pharmacist in Canada. For IPGs wishing to practice in Canada, the process of registering as a pharmacist begins with enrollment in the Gateway.

Pharmacists' gateway

We believe the Gateway presents a simple, transparent and safe way to facilitate the pathway to licensure for IPGs wishing to live and work in Canada. To enter the Gateway, click the link below.

Unless otherwise specified, all documentation must be received by the PEI College of Pharmacy in its original form or as a notarized copy. Original documents may be presented to the PEI College of Pharmacy office to be copied by staff.

Registration Checklist

Applicants may download a registration checklist to assist them in registering as a provisional pharmacist.

Application Form

Provisional Pharmacist – Fillable application 

Proof of Identity

Applicants must submit either a copy of their passport or citizenship card, or their birth certificate and government-issued photo ID. A notarized copy may be submitted by mail or the original may be presented to the PEICP office.

Successful Completion of PEBC Evaluating Exam

Applicants must submit proof of successful completion of the PEBC evaluating exam.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants must meet current English language proficiency requirements as described in the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacist in Canada or the PEI College of Pharmacy English Language Proficiency Requirements for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. English language proficiency test results are valid for two years from the date of testing.

Professional Liability Insurance

The professional liability insurance policy must be in accordance with section 14 of the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Regulations.
The policy certificate may be uploaded to the applicant’s registrant profile. If the policy certificate is not immediately available, a paid receipt showing the expiry date of the policy and the policy amount is accepted in the interim.

Criminal Record Check

The PEI College of Pharmacy Criminal Record Check Policy requires that applicants submit the results of an Extended Police Information Check (EPIC) that has been completed within 3 months of application. An EPIC is valid for a period of 5 years once on file with the College providing there has not been a break in registration. At the discretion of the College, registrants may be selected to provide an additional EPIC before their expiration date.

The College has partnered with to provide criminal record checks for registration with PEICP. Select the link below to request a record check.

CPR and First Aid

CPR and First Aid Requirements are set out in the CPR and First Aid Policy. At a minimum, applicants must have current certification in Emergency First Aid and CPR Level C. The certificate may be uploaded into the applicant’s registrant profile.

Letters of Standing

Applicants are required to submit a letter of standing from all regulatory bodies where they have held registration. Please contact each regulatory body to request that the PEICP Letter of Standing form be completed and forwarded directly to the College office.

Preceptor and Site Approval

International pharmacy graduates are required to complete a period of post-graduate practice experience, under the supervision of a preceptor, in accordance with the Practice Experience Policy. International graduates are required to complete 700 hours of post-graduate practice experience.

Provisional registrants are responsible for securing a preceptor and completing the Preceptor Site Approval Form (found in the applicant’s registrant profile.) The chosen preceptor will receive notification from the College and will agree to the practice experience placement. Applicants will be notified by PEICP when their preceptor and site and dates for placement have been approved.

Pharmacy Practice Assessment

Following successful completion of 700 hours of structured practice experience, international graduates will complete a one-week practice assessment completed by a College-appointed assessor. Please contact the PEICP office to arrange the assessment.


Applicants will access a fee invoice through the registrant profile. Applications are not considered complete until all required documentation is received and fees are paid. Fees are non-refundable.

When the application has been processed, the applicant will receive e-mail notification of registration as a provisional pharmacist and the Structured Practical Training Program manual. The applicant may not commence practice until the registration confirmation has been received.

*Please note:  Applications will not be considered until ALL required documents (see checklist above) have been received by the College.  Registration processing time is on average, ten business days.

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