Schedule of Oral Examinations

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) conducts oral examinations in each state and territory on behalf of the Pharmacy Board of Australia. 

The number of days on which examinations will be conducted in each jurisdiction will vary. Following acceptance of the candidate's application, the examination candidate timetable detailing the time and place of their examination will be forwarded by post or email two weeks before the commencement of the examination period. Candidates are reminded that AHPRA must have correct details of their postal address and other contact details at all times.

Please note:

  1. Applicants seeking entry to the oral examinations must meet the entry criteria as published in the Pharmacy oral examination (practice) candidate guide (202 KB, PDF), Word version (226 KB,DOCX) which are that applicants must:
    1. have completed 75% of the 1824 approved supervised practice hours required for registration (1368 hours) prior to the commencement date of the scheduled oral examination period; and
    2. hold a current pass in the Board’s written examination prior to the oral examination application closing date.
  2. Applicants who do not meet the entry criteria (criteria 1a and 1b above) by the published oral examination application closing date are ineligible to undertake that oral examination.
  3. Applications received from applicants who have not met the entry criteria for the oral examination by the published application closing date will not be accepted by AHPRA.

An application form for a pharmacy intern to be a candidate for the oral examination (practice) APOE-60 can be downloaded on the Forms page. This is a paper application and must be received by AHPRA by the closing date as stated.

Note there have been recent changes to postal delivery times and that normal deliveries may be delayed. Candidates are advised to mail applications early to avoid missing the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.

2018

The oral examination dates for 2018 are as follows and may vary from the dates previously set in 2017.

February/March 2018

  • The examination period will commence 13 February 2018 and conclude on 9 March 2018*.
  • The closing date for applications remains as 29 December 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

June 2018

  • The examination period will commence 12 June 2018 and conclude on 6 July 2018*.
  • Applications must be received by AHPRA no later than the closing date of 27 April 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

October/November 2018

  • The examination period will commence 9 October 2018 and conclude on 2 November 2018*.
  • Applications must be received by AHPRA no later than the closing date of 24 August 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

2019 

The oral examination dates for 2019 are as follows and may vary from the dates previously set in 2018.

February/March 2019

  • The examination period will commence 12 February 2019 and conclude on 8 March 2019*.
  • Applications must be received by AHPRA no later than the closing date of 28 December 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

June 2019

  • The examination period will commence 11 June 2019 and conclude on 5 July 2019*.
  • Applications must be received by AHPRA no later than the closing date of 29 April 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

October/November 2019

  • The examination period will commence 8 October 2019 and conclude on 1 November 2019*.
  • Applications must be received by AHPRA no later than the closing date of 23 August 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

* Examinations will not be conducted on every day during these examination periods. The specific dates on which examinations will be conducted in each jurisdiction will be confirmed after the closing date for each examination period and detailed in timetables sent to candidates. For each examination period, a range of dates are quoted but are selected on venue hire, examiner availability and candidate numbers. Candidates should not assume that specific dates are available and should make themselves readily available for the examination period. Candidate sessions are randomly allocated and will not be changed.

To contact AHPRA Examination Officers / Pharmacy Professional Officers, phone 1300 419 495

AHPRA Examination Officers / Pharmacy Professional Officers

State or territory AHPRA Examination Officers / Pharmacy Professional Officers
Australian Capital Territory Maree Jones^
New South Wales Dennis Leung 
Majella Hill
Northern Territory Terri Hustwick-Oddy^
Queensland Debbie Dornbusch
South Australia Peter Halstead
Michael Broadbent
Tasmania Kaye Veal
Victoria Andrew Lew
Western Australia Richard Smirk
^ = Examination Officers
 
 
Page reviewed 6/07/2018