How to Become a Pharmacist in Canada


A career in pharmacy can be extremely rewarding, especially for those interested in helping others. Becoming a pharmacist in Canada requires additional education beyond high school and preparation for this career choice should begin early in your life.

  • Learn all you can about the duties, responsibilities and benefits of becoming a pharmacist in Canada. Being a pharmacist is both satisfying and challenging and requires a lifetime of learning to remain up-to-date on new medications and laws as they are developed. A career in pharmacy should be chosen only after careful consideration. Spend time in your community speaking with licensed pharmacists and discussing the pros and cons of this career choice.

  • Obtain a Bachelor's degree in pharmacy from a Canadian university. Many universities in Canada offer a degree in pharmacy, but some have strict entry requirements. Carefully research your educational options to make certain you will qualify for acceptance to the university of your choice.

  • Complete a national board examination through PEBC, the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. PEBC is the national certification body for Canadian pharmacists.

  • Apply for an apprenticeship or internship program to gain practical experience working under a licensed pharmacist. This is required to become licensed to practice pharmacy in Canada, but should also be viewed as a valuable opportunity for developing important skills related to a career in pharmacy.

  • Meet the provincial requirements for practicing pharmacy. Requirements vary from province to province, and the provincial regulatory authorities are responsible for granting licenses and assessing competency to ensure public safety. Your local pharmacy school can provide you with specific information, or you can contact the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) for details.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fluency in English is required by some provinces to become a licensed pharmacist in Canada.

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