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Internships

Graduates of an approved program of study are required to complete a period of supervised practice (internship) in accordance with the requirements set out in the Board’s Registration standard: Supervised practice arrangements to be eligible to apply for general registration. Before any supervised practice can take place, interns are required to:

  • hold provisional registration, and
  • have their supervised practice arrangements approved by the Board.

An intern training program must also be successfully completed and the registration examination must be passed to be eligible to apply for general registration at the end of the required period of supervised practice. The resources on this page give an overview of how graduates can smooth the path from study to work. They outline the requirements and responsibilities of graduates seeking provisional registration to complete an internship.

Diagram on the pathway to general registration

 

       
Complete pharmacy degree
(Board-approved pharmacy program of study)

     
               
               

Apply for provisional registration

(Granted by Board)

  Nominate preceptor and premises 
(Approved by Board)
  Enrol in intern training program
(With an accredited provider)
               
           
   
Start approved supervised practice
(1,824 hours)

After checking public register that:

  • Provisional registration has been granted
  • Supervised practice details have been recorded in the notations field
   
           
   
Pass a written examination
(Conducted by APC)

After completion of:

  • Minimum of 30% of supervised practice hours
   
           
   
Pass an oral examination
 
(Conducted by Board)

After successful completion of:

  • Written examination
  • Minimum of 75% of supervised practice hours
   
           
   
Apply for general registration 
(Granted by Board)

   

Information video for pharmacy students and graduates

This video is most relevant to pharmacy students who are nearing the completion of their approved program of study in Australia and will soon be applying for provisional registration as a pharmacist.

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PowerPoint for graduates seeking provisional registration

This PowerPoint explains the requirements and responsibilities of graduates seeking provisional registration to complete an internship.

Document name Accessible format Document date
Provisional registration for internship - Requirements and responsibilities PowerPoint version (225KB,PPTX) November 2015

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Applications for provisional registration and approval of supervised practice

Final-year students of an approved pharmacy program of study in Australia can apply:

  • for provisional registration by submitting an online application, and 
  • to have the supervised practice approved by submitting a hard-copy Application for approval of supervised practice - AASP-60 (below).
Document name PDF Document date
Application for approval of supervised practice - AASP-60 PDF (837KB) 5 January 2016

Alternatively, hard-copies of the following applications must be submitted:

Document name PDF Document date
Application for provisional registration and supervised practice for students completing an approved program of study in Australia - ASPR-60 PDF (887KB) 1 July 2016
Application for approval of supervised practice - AASP-60 PDF (837KB) 5 January 2016

Applicants who graduated from New Zealand or another overseas country should submit an Application for provisional registration and supervised practice - APRO-60 (1.33 MB,PDF).

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Internship and supervised practice

Information relating to the internship is provided in the Board's Intern pharmacist and preceptor guide, which is a combined document that replaced the previously published Intern Guide and Preceptor Guide. Further information is also available in FAQ for pharmacy interns and preceptors.

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
Intern pharmacist and preceptor guide PDF (369KB) Word version (556KB,DOC) 18 December 2015
FAQ for pharmacy interns and preceptors PDF (304KB) Word version (482KB,DOC) 18 December 2015

A component of the internship is the development of a site-based training plan to address the competencies required of a pharmacist. The sample community intern training plan and sample hospital intern training plan can be used as a guide in the preparation of the intern’s training plan.

Document name Accessible format Document date
Sample community intern training plan Excel (69.5KB,XLS) 1 July 2010
Sample hospital intern training plan Excel (68.0KB,XLS) 1 July 2010

Preparation of extemporaneous products also forms part of the internship. The Board has provided the following resources for preceptors and interns.

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
Letter to preceptors

This outlines the requirements for this activity
PDF (22.3KB)   March 2015
Extemporaneous dispensing procedures PDF (32.0KB) Word version (44.8KB,DOCX) October 2013
Extemporaneous dispensing product report

This must be completed by the intern and preceptor or other supervising pharmacist.
PDF (33.0KB)   December 2011
Extemporaneous dispensing preceptor statutory declaration

This must be completed by the preceptor once the intern has prepared the six extemporaneous products.
PDF (36.0KB)   March 2012

The statutory declaration and six product reports are to be submitted to the coordinator of the intern's intern training program.

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Intern training program

The Board’s Registration standard: Supervised practice arrangements outlines that for graduates of an approved pharmacy program of study, the period of supervised practice must include satisfactory completion of an accredited intern training program. This also applies to overseas qualified pharmacists who are required to complete a full internship.

The Board has authorised the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) to accredit intern training programs in Australia. A list of the accredited programs is published on the APC website. In addition to applying to the Board for provisional registration and approval of supervised practice, an intern must select an accredited intern training program and lodge an enrolment application with the relevant provider of the program.  

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Registration examination

The registration examination comprises a written examination and an oral examination.

The written examination is conducted by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC). Further information can be found on the APC website.

The oral examination is held in each jurisdiction according to the Schedule of Oral Examinations. An Application for a pharmacy intern to be a candidate for an oral examination (practice) - APOE-60 (below) must be lodged by the published closing date for that examination period. Further information about the oral examination is detailed in the Pharmacy oral examination (practice) candidate guide. This guide was updated in December 2015 with new information on candidate eligibility with reference to the validity of written examination results and closing dates for applications for an oral examination, the examination rules, special consideration for the oral examination and appeal closing dates.

Document name PDF Document date
Application for a pharmacy intern to be a candidate for an oral examination (practice) - APOE-60 PDF (366KB)   1 December 2015
Pharmacy oral examination (practice) candidate guide PDF (202KB) Word version (226KB,DOCX) 18 December 2015

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Applying for general registration

To be eligible to apply for general registration an intern with provisional registration must have:

  • completed an intern training program 
  • passed the written examination 
  • passed the oral examination, and 
  • completed 1,824 hours of Board-approved supervised practice.

More information about these requirements is in the Board’s registration standards.

General registration is easily applied for online or by hard copy form (APGR-60).

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Page reviewed 28/09/2016