Pharmacy Technician International Evaluation
PEBC is happy to announce that the pilot for the new Pharmacy Technician International Evaluation for internationally-educated candidates seeking to proceed through the pharmacy technician certification process has now launched.
Purpose of the Pharmacy Technician International Evaluation
The Pharmacy Technician International Evaluation is designed to determine whether you have the foundational knowledge, skills and practice experience to be eligible for PEBC’s pharmacy technician certification process.
Part of the evaluation is a Portfolio Assessment that requires documentation of your education, practice experience, engagement within the scope of practice of the profession and application of professional judgment. The portfolio is reviewed to determine whether you are eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Examination or if you must first complete a CCAPP-accredited pharmacy technician program.
At this time, this process is only available in English.
Place of Residence – You must have arrived in Canada within the past 3 years.
- The only exception is if you applied for the previous Pharmacy Technician Document Evaluation process that ended in 2018 and you did not pass the Pharmacy Technician Evaluating Examination. In this case you are eligible to complete the International Evaluation.
Education – You must meet one of the following education requirements:
- Graduation from a pharmacy technician diploma or related program outside of Canada.
- Certificate courses or certification by exam are not accepted.
- Graduation from a pharmacist diploma or degree program outside of Canada and one of the following applies:
- Your program does not qualify you for PEBC’s pharmacist Document Evaluation
- You applied for, but did not pass, PEBC’s pharmacist Document Evaluation within the past 3 years
- You failed your 4th attempt at the Pharmacist Evaluating Examination within the past 3 years
- If you failed your 4th attempt more than 3 years ago, you are not eligible
Complete the Eligibility Survey to confirm whether you are eligible.
The International Evaluation is a 2-step process:
- confirmation and authentication of your identity and completion of an eligible program (including Declaration of Professional Integrity)
- assessment of your completed Portfolio
Please refer to the Guidance Document to help you complete the Portfolio Assessment.
The Portfolio contains the following:
- You will document how you developed the foundational knowledge and skills related to each of the entry-to-practice competencies, considering your formal educational program, self-directed learning and practice experiences.
- You will need your own copy of your program transcripts and syllabus to complete this section.
Frequency of Practice Activities
- A self-declared determination of how frequently you engaged in common practice activities that are relevant to the scope of practice of pharmacy technicians in Canada. It includes a self-assessment to indicate how comfortable you feel carrying out each activity. The self-assessment is not marked but is meant to help you better understand what is expected of you in practice.
Scope of Practice Scenarios
- A description of how you engaged in the scope of practice to address issues that routinely arise in practice; using professional judgment to address the issues. You will consider the questions provided when documenting your responses. You are assessed on your ability to engage in the scope of practice, your thought processes, rationale and written communication skills. PEBC reserves the right to schedule interviews with you for further clarification of your responses.