The Pharmacy Board has reminded students in their final year of studying pharmacy that they can apply for provisional registration, with new information and requirements
“Before you can start practising under supervision, or using the protected title, ‘pharmacist’, you must be registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia,” it has told students.
It highlights that before provisional registration as a pharmacist can be granted, students need to meet certain standards regarding their criminal history, English language skills, and professional indemnity insurance.
“We also need your graduate results from your education provider,” it says.
“You are also required to have your supervised practice arrangements approved by the Board in accordance with its Registration standard: Supervised practice arrangements before commencing your internship.”
The Board lets students know that it has produced a video for pharmacy graduates which outlines the standards required in order to become registered, and the professional standards which need to be adhered to in order to stay registered.
“We cannot register you until we are satisfied that you meet the standards for registration and are suitably trained and qualified,” it warns.
“In addition to making an online application for provisional registration, you must lodge a separate application for approval of supervised practice.
“You cannot start supervised practice (internship) until both applications have been assessed and approved by the Board which can take place once your education provider has advised that you are eligible to graduate.
“Completion of a Board-approved period of supervised practice during provisional registration is one of the requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for general registration as a pharmacist in Australia at the end of the internship period.”
New information is available this year to help students apply for registration, including advice on how to prove they meet registration standards – and tips on avoiding common causes of delay.
The Pharmacy Board also warns that there has been a change to the requirements for certifying photographic identification.
“To protect against identity theft, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has new requirements for certifying photo ID. On documents with a photograph such as your passport or driver’s licence you must make sure the authorised officer writes or stamps: “I certify that this is a true copy of the original and the photograph is a true likeness of the person presenting the document as sighted by me.”
The Board has also provided a guide to ensuring documents are correctly certified.