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Pharmacists are health-care professionals who provide services designed to promote health and well-being for individuals and communities. They treat disease and other disorders through drug therapy, wellness promotion, and disease state management. They help patients manage their medications.


Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP)
Suite 1100
8215 – 112th Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2C8

Call: 780-990-0321
Toll-free: 1-877-227-3838
Fax: 780-990-0328



Under Alberta’s Health Professions Act [pdf], Health Professions Restricted Activity Regulation [pdf], and the Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Profession Regulation [pdf], registration with the Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) is mandatory. Only regulated members may provide restricted activities specified in the Regulations. This includes those who:

  • Meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public
  • Teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession
  • Supervise registered members who provide services to the public
  • Use the titles: pharmacist, clinical pharmacist, pharmaceutical chemist, druggist, or apothecary, or registered pharmacist
  • Use the initials: PharmD, PhC, or R.Ph.

What You Need

To register as a clinical pharmacist (PharmD) in Alberta, you must successfully complete:

  • An accredited doctor of pharmacy program or an approved equivalent
  • The ACP Structured Practical Training (SPT) program
  • The ACP Jurisprudence Learning Module and Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam
  • The PEBC Qualifying Examination, Part I and Part II

Applicants who have been out of practice for a period must also demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice.

There are other registration categories for pharmacists.

A provisional pharmacist:

  • Has met the academic requirement for a PharmD but not the training and exam requirements
  • Can register for the SPT program
  • Must work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist
  • Can use the titles: pharmacy intern or pharmacist intern

A student pharmacist:

  • Is enrolled in a program that fits the academic requirement for a PharmD
  • Must work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist
  • Can use the titles: pharmacy student or pharmacist student

For details about all registration requirements, contact the ACP or visit the ACP website.

Working in Alberta

Pharmacists who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada?  and the ACP website.

Internationally educated pharmacists need to enroll in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada before they can apply to the ACP.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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