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Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists


Licensing Process in Nova Scotia

These are the detailed requirements for International Pharmacy Graduates who wish to obtain a licence to practise in the Province of Nova Scotia:


1. Gateway Enrolment

    • Enrol in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada. Once you have enrolled, you will receive a candidate number. This number will be used for identification and confirmation purposes throughout the licensure process. ($325 + tax, if applicable)
    • Select Nova Scotia as your province of choice

2. Language Proficiency

    • May be completed at any time, prior to applying to the pharmacy regulatory authority
    • Have original documents sent to NAPRA, Suite 1800, 130 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4, Attention: Gateway Operations from an approved language-testing agency to demonstrate that you meet the English language proficiency requirement. Please note: if you have taken the language proficiency test through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), your results may be made available online through a secure portal. Please verify with your testing centre. Learn more about Language Proficiency.
    • Not required for U.S. Graduates

3. Academic Qualifications and Knowledge Assessment

    • Submit an Application for Pharmacist Document Evaluation to the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) ($600) (Not required for U.S. Graduates. Click here for detailed requirements for U.S. Graduates.)

    • Submit the following items to PEBC with your application for document evaluation
      • Two recent (i.e., less than one year old) photographs with the date the pictures were taken indicated on the backs of the photos. One picture must be witnessed
      • A properly witnessed form of primary identification—either:
        • A birth certificate, or
        • Both sides of a Canadian citizenship card, or
        • A statutory declaration plus two other official supporting documents (e.g., passport)
      • Copy of name-change or marriage certificate (if applicable)
      • Witnessed copy of original-language pharmacy degree or diploma
      • University transcripts sent directly from the school to PEBC
      • Letter of standing—either:
        • A licensing statement sent directly from any pharmacy authority with which the applicant is currently licensed, or
        • A recent (i.e., less than one month old) signed, witnessed statutory declaration indicating that the applicant is not licensed anywhere in the world
      • Successfully complete the PEBC Evaluating Examination. ($600)
      • Successfully complete the PEBC Qualifying Examination, Parts I and II. ($2250)

4. Application to Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (PRA)

    • Submit the Notification of Intent to Register as a Pharmacist Form
    • Apply for registration as an intern with the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists ($115)
    • Must submit a proof of current successful completion of the Nova Scotia jurisprudence examination.
    • Must maintain professional liability insurance
    • *If you have not completed the PEBC Qualifying Examination, you will be registered provisionally as a qualifying intern. Provisional registration will be revoked if you not complete the Qualifying Examination within 24 months.
    • Applicants are encouraged to contact Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), a community-based organization that welcomes newcomers and offers a full range of support along a settlement continuum.

5. Structured Practical Training

    • Successfully complete a 20-week structured practical experience/internship program
    • Successfully complete a one-week pharmacy practice experience/internship assessment ($360)

6. Jurisprudence Examination

    • Successfully complete the provincial jurisprudence examination ($215).

7. Licensure / Registration

    • Complete/provide remaining requirements for registration as practising pharmacist:
      • Submit completed application form and supporting documents
      • Submit initial registration fee ($190)
      • Submit Practising Direct Patient Care Licence fee ($925)
      • Provide evidence of professional liability insurance as approved by the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacy

After successful completion of all of these requirements, you will be granted a licence to practise pharmacy in the province of Nova Scotia.

Notes:
• All costs are presented in Canadian dollars and do not include taxes.
• The information in this table is only a summary. The official position of each Pharmacy Regulatory Authority is defined in their governing legislation available on their website.
• Consult the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) website to learn more about their process and requirements.