16 Nov 2015
Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.
The online graduate application service on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website smooths the path from study to work by enabling final-year students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course.
Graduates of pharmacy study must make an application for provisional registration and an application for approval of supervised practice. They cannot start supervised practice (internship) until both of these applications have been received and approved by the Board.
Graduates of approved programs of study must make an application for provisional registration to undertake a Board approved period of supervised practice in order to be eligible for general registration as a pharmacist in Australia at the end of the internship period.
After applying online, it is important that all supporting documents are posted to AHPRA as soon as possible - see Next Steps Checklist. Certain applicants will need to apply for an international criminal history check (ICHC) before submitting their application for registration.
Graduates must meet the Board’s registration requirements to be a registered pharmacist.
Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
A short, animated video for graduates will be published on the Board’s website soon. It outlines the standards that must be met to become registered and also the professional standards expected of the profession to stay registered.
A revised Intern pharmacist and preceptor guide (to replace the currently published Intern Guide and Preceptor Guide), and revised FAQ for pharmacy interns and preceptors, will also be published on the Board’s website soon.
There are six simple steps to registration for graduates: