Every year thousands of students appear for Canada pharmacist exams. These individuals carry the aspiration of being successful pharmacists in the future and helping people across age groups and with diverse medical needs. A pharmacist is responsible for the safe and effective delivery of drugs, whether through prescriptions, vaccinations, or other ways. They are on the frontline of healthcare and the country’s health status depends on how well they perform their jobs.

Information about pharmacy practice in Canada can be found on the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities NAPRA . The “NAPRA Model Standards of Practice” further explain and illustrate the NAPRA competencies, which are the basis of the PEBC Qualifying Examination blueprint.

Here are the eligibility criteria for becoming a licensed pharmacist in Canada –

  • A bachelor / Doctor degree in pharmacy from top universities
  • Fluency in English or French
  • Successful completion of a national board examination through the PEBC (Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada) exam portal
  • Having working knowledge/internship in a pharmacy
  • Appear in Pharmacist Evaluating Examination or Pharmacist Qualifying Exam Part I and Part II

PEBC Certification Process for International Pharmacy Graduates



You must pass this evaluation of your educational and professional credentials to be eligible to take the Pharmacist Evaluating Examination.


PEBC – The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC)    

    It is the national certification body for the pharmacy profession in Canada. PEBC is a non-profit organization with more than 50 years of experience in assessing the qualifications and competence of candidates for licensing by pharmacy provincial regulatory authorities.One of the requirements for initial registration and licensure is certification of an applicant’s knowledge, skills and abilities at entry to practice. This certification is granted by the PEBC to those who successfully complete the PEBC Qualifying Examination – Part I (MCQ) and Part II (OSCE). The Board is responsible for:

  • Assessing the qualifications of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on behalf of provincial pharmacy regulatory authorities
  • Ensuring that entry-level pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have the necessary professional knowledge, skills and abilities to practise pharmacy within their scope of practice, in a safe and effective manner.

Provincial legislation restricts the practice of pharmacy to qualified persons licensed by provincial regulatory authorities. The PEBC Certificate of Qualification for pharmacists is a licensing requirement for entry-to-practice applicants (whether trained in Canada or elsewhere) in all provinces, except Quebec. The PEBC Certificate of Qualification for pharmacy technicians is an entry-to-practice licensing requirement in all provinces that have regulated pharmacy technicians.Through its comprehensive certification process, PEBC ensures that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians entering the profession have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to safely and effectively practise pharmacy.



You must pass this examination to be eligible for the Pharmacist Qualifying Examination (PEBC) – Parts I (MCQ) and II (OSCE).This is a single day exam taken through computer on exam centre. The exam period is 4.25 hours long.



The Qualifying Examination (both Parts I and II) is comprehensive and objective. It examines the knowledge, skills and abilities required for current pharmacy practice.

Preparing for the Pharmacist Qualifying Examination

The Pharmacist Qualifying Examination is based on seven entry-level competencies, required by pharmacists beginning to practise, which were developed in 2014 by The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA). These competencies are assessed through related questions or practice-based scenarios. On each examination, there will be a number of questions (for Part I) or stations (for Part II) relating to these major competency areas:

  • Ethical, Legal and Professional Responsibilities
  • Patient Care
  • Product Distribution
  • Practice Setting
  • Health Promotion
  • Knowledge and Research Application
  • Communication and Education
  • Intra and Inter-Professional Collaboration
  • Quality and Safety

The detailed competency statements are shown in the section “ Qualifying Examination Blueprint



The Pharmacist Qualifying Examination – Part I is a multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination. It is a single day, computer-based exam. Questions on the MCQ assess the understanding and application of knowledge to problems, as well as the ability to make judgments and problem-solve in situations relevant to pharmacy practice. Each question assesses one specific competency.


The Qualifying Examination – Part II consists of both interactive and non-interactive stations. Each station will require that you complete one or more short tasks such as:

  • Counselling or responding to questions from a “Standardized Patient” or Standardized Client
  • Interacting with a “Standardized Patient” or “Standardized Client” or “Standardized Health Professional” to resolve a drug therapy problem or ethical dilemma
  • Responding in writing to a message or request for information/advice
  • Screening / evaluating new prescriptions
  • Checking dispensed prescriptions for accuracy prior to their release



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