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Pharmacists From Outside of Canada

If you have graduated from a pharmacy program outside of Canada, you can register as a pharmacist in Manitoba as an international pharmacy graduate (IPG).

How to Register as a Manitoba Pharmacist From Outside Canada

Before the application process begins with the College, you must go through the Pharmacist Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) document evaluation process. The Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada website provides information and telephone support to potential applicants. You will also find self-assessment tools on this website. These tools will help you determine if you are ready to start the process of becoming licensed as a pharmacist in Manitoba.

Use the step-by-step process below to guide you through the registration and licensure application process. Be sure to click on and read through each step.

Step 1

You must meet the following criteria before you submit an application for registration with the College:

Pass the PEBC Evaluating and Qualifying Examinations. You have three years to apply for registration and licensure with the College once you have passed these exams.

Provide proof of language proficiency in either English or French. You must meet the minimum language proficiency requirements set by the National Association of Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA). The evidence of your language proficiency must be dated within two years of your College application.

Exemptions from Standard Language Proficiency Requirements

The College may exempt you from the standard language proficiency requirement if you meet either of the following conditions:

You have completed a minimum of four years of Canadian secondary (high school) education in mostly English.

If you wish to seek an exemption under this condition, you must provide the College with the following documents:

  • A notarized copy of your high school transcript
  • A letter from you that explains why you should get an exemption

If any of your Canadian secondary school (high school) grades are less than 70 per cent, and you attended a foreign non-English speaking university pharmacy program, we may require that you show proof of fluency.

You have completed post-secondary (university) education at an institution that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), or Canadian Council For Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCCAP).

If you wish to seek an exemption under this condition, you must provide the College with the following documents:

  • A letter of standing from your current licensing body
  • A letter of standing from and ACPE or CCCAP accredited pharmacy program

Step 2

Complete the College Application for Registration and Initial Licensure for Graduates of a Faculty of Pharmacy Outside of Canada.

Please use our Document Checklist to make sure that you are completing your application correctly. If the form is incomplete, it will delay the review and approval process.

Send the completed application form and fee to the College, in addition to the documents listed below.

Notarized Documents

You must get all of the following documents notarized by a notary public in Canada:

  1. An original passport size and style photograph placed on white paper for the notary public to sign and seal. See an example.
  2. A copy of your birth certificate. If the name on your application is not the same as the name on your birth certificate, you must include a notarized copy of a name change certificate. If your birth certificate or name change certificate is not in English, you must have these documents translated by a certified translator. See the How to Submit Translated Documents instructions for guidance.
  3. A copy of your Canadian citizenship landed immigrant status, or work visa document.
  4. A statement of the nine declarations outlined in item 10 of the application using the Notarized Statement for Registration and Initial Licensure for Graduates of a Faculty of Pharmacy Outside of Canada form.
  • PEBC Qualification Certificate

    You must submit a copy of your PEBC Qualification Certificate or of a letter from PEBC confirming qualification. The date of this document must be within three years before completing registration and licensure with the College.

     

  • Proof of Language Proficiency

    If you do not qualify for an exemption, you must submit documentation to the College of your language proficiency dated within two years before completing registration and licensure with the College. Note the following:

    • TOEFL, MELAB, and CanTEST results must be mailed directly from the language proficiency assessment centre to the College
    • IELTS results can be submitted to the College by the applicant

     

  • Letter of Standing

    You must submit one of the following original letters of standing to the College from the body mentioned below as part of your application:

    • Your current licensing body
    • Your most recent licensing body if you are not currently licensed, or
    • The Pharmacist Examination Board of Canada. Note, if you are enrolled in the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada, the College can access your letter of standing directly. You don’t have to submit it.

    Your letter of standing must be dated within two years before completing registration and licensure with the College.

    If you cannot provide a letter of standing to satisfy this requirement, please provide a signed and notarized statement that includes the following:

    1. I am unable to provide a current letter of standing from (insert name of body where you currently have or had a license) in (insert city and country) because (insert your explanation);
    2. I have not worked as a pharmacist since leaving my practice from (insert the country of your last licensure), the country of my last licensure; and
    3. I have no history or outstanding matters of discipline or complaint investigation as a pharmacist.

     

  • Criminal Record, Adult and Child Abuse Registry Checks

    You must obtain the following documents as part of your application:

    Criminal Record Check

    A criminal record check (sometimes called a police record check) determines if you have been charged or convicted of a crime. You can apply for this check through the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or any other Canadian police service as long as it uses either the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) or the National Repository of Criminal Records (of Canada) database.

    If you live in Winnipeg, you can apply online. You can find more information by reading the Winnipeg Police Service’s Applicant Fact Sheet.

    Your criminal record check must be dated within six months before starting your internship as described in step 4.

    Some applicants get a vulnerable sector check (identifying any sexual offences) along with their criminal record check. Note, this not the same as an Adult and Child Abuse Registry check described below.

    Adult Abuse Registry Check

    The Adult Abuse Registry lists persons who have abused or neglected vulnerable adults, such as those with disabilities. You can apply for an Adult Abuse Registry check online by visiting the Government of Manitoba website.

    Your Adult Abuse Registry Check must be dated within six months before starting your internship as described in step 4.

    Child Abuse Registry Check

    The Child Abuse Registry lists persons who have abused a child. You can apply for a Child Abuse Registry check online by visiting the Government of Manitoba website.

    Your Child Abuse Registry Check must be dated within six months before starting your internship as described in step 4.

Step 3

The College Registrar will review all of the above documentation, along with your application. If your application is successful, we will ask you to provide the name of a pharmacist who has agreed to be a preceptor for your internship (described in step 4). The pharmacist must complete our Preceptor Application and submit it to the College.

You cannot begin your internship until we approve your preceptor’s application. We will contact you by email to let you know when you can start.

Step 4

Your next step to becoming a licensed pharmacist in Manitoba is to complete a 600-hour internship with a preceptor that the College Registrar has approved.

Your internship must include 400 hours of direct patient care. Make sure your practice site can provide this before selecting your preceptor.

You are responsible for finding a preceptor to oversee your internship. You can use the College’s pharmacy directory to search for a practice site. You can also search job postings on the Pharmacists Manitoba website.

Note that you cannot transfer internship hours spent with one preceptor to another preceptor. You will need the College Registrar’s approval if you decide to change your internship site or preceptor.

For more information about internships, please see Frequently Asked Questions for Interns and Preceptors and the Internship Manual.

 

 

Step 5

You are eligible to complete the Jurisprudence Examination after you have completed 200 hours of your internship and the College has received your first internship evaluation.

You must complete the College Jurisprudence Examination with a minimum grade of 70 percent. You will write the Jurisprudence Examination at the College office and you will have three hours to complete it. This is a closed book exam and you can find study materials and additional information here.

Step 6

After you have fulfilled the registration and licensure requirements listed in steps 1 through 5, the College will process and send your licence to you.

The College processes a maximum of five IPG applications each month. We complete applications in the order we receive them. If the College cannot process your application in the month it is received, the College will send you an email to let you know when it will be completed.

The College may process your application earlier if the preceptor you have found has an available position and plans to hire you once you are registered and licensed as a pharmacist in Manitoba.

Only under the above circumstances can the College consider expediting your application. Your preceptor must address a letter to the College Registrar, Susan Lessard-Friesen stating the pharmacy’s staffing need and how you will help meet it. Send this letter by email to brobinson@cphm.ca.