14 Step Quick Pharmacy Licence Process Reference Review Guide KAPS Aus

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Nitesh Viramgama

Embarking on a career as a pharmacist in Australia is a promising and fulfilling journey that entails navigating through the comprehensive licensure process governed by the Pharmacy Board of Australia and the Australian Pharmacy Council. For international pharmacy graduates, the Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) exam is a critical step towards achieving this goal. This introduction to our “14-Step Quick Pharmacy Licence Process Reference Review Guide – KAPS Australia” is designed to provide a concise yet comprehensive roadmap for aspiring pharmacists. It aims to demystify the process, outlining the essential steps from initial assessment to obtaining licensure to practice in Australia.

Australia’s healthcare system is renowned for its high standards of practice and patient care, making the pathway to becoming a licensed pharmacist in Australia rigorous but rewarding. The process ensures that all pharmacists meet the necessary qualifications and competency standards to provide safe and effective healthcare services.

Our guide is tailored to help you understand the requirements, prepare efficiently for exams, and complete the necessary training and registrations. With detailed explanations and practical tips, this guide is an indispensable resource for achieving your professional aspirations in the vibrant and diverse field of pharmacy in Australia. Let’s embark on this journey together, paving the way towards a rewarding career as a licensed pharmacist in Australia.


  1. Apply for Assessment
    Begin your journey by applying for an initial assessment with the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC).
  2. Obtain Stream-A Approval Letter
    After your qualifications are assessed, receive your Stream-A approval letter, indicating eligibility to proceed.
  3. Register for the KAPS Examination
    Register to take the Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) exam.
  4. Sit for the KAPS Examination
    Take the KAPS examination to assess your pharmacy knowledge and skills.
  5. Receive a Positive Skill Assessment Letter
    Upon passing the KAPS, receive a letter confirming your positive skill assessment.
  6. Apply for Immigration
    With your skill assessment in hand, apply for the appropriate visa for immigration to Australia.
  7. Demonstrate English Proficiency
    Show proof of your English language proficiency through a recognized test.
  8. Apply for Provisional Pharmacist Registration
    Apply for provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia to begin practicing under supervision.
  9. Secure and Get Approval for an Internship
    Secure an internship position and get approval from the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
  10. Commence Internship at an Approved Site
    Start your internship at a site approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
  11. Enroll in the Intern Training Program (ITP)
    Enroll in an Intern Training Program to enhance your practical skills and knowledge.
  12. Pass the Intern Written Examination
    Successfully pass the written examination towards the end of your internship.
  13. Pass the Intern Oral Examination
    Complete your assessment by passing the oral examination conducted by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
  14. Apply for General Registration as a Pharmacist
    Finally, apply for general registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia, allowing you to practice independently.

In conclusion, the journey to becoming a licensed pharmacist in Australia is a structured and comprehensive process that ensures only qualified individuals are able to practice within the healthcare system. The 14-step process, starting with an initial assessment and culminating in obtaining general registration as a pharmacist, is designed to assess the competency, knowledge, and skills of overseas-trained pharmacists, ensuring they meet the high standards required in Australia.

This guide serves as a roadmap for those embarking on this challenging yet rewarding journey. By understanding and carefully preparing for each step, candidates can confidently move through the process, overcoming obstacles and achieving their goal of practicing pharmacy in Australia. The path may be rigorous, but the outcome—a career as a licensed pharmacist in one of the world’s most respected healthcare systems is undoubtedly worth the effort.

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Author Nitesh Viramgama

I am a dynamic Clinical Pharmacist, Researcher, Career Coach, Visa Guidance Expert, Mentor, Entrepreneur, and a firm believer in the '7-Year Rule' philosophy. My educational journey at Curtin University of Technology, Australia, equipped me with expertise in clinical pharmacy and research, leading to a successful career as a registered pharmacist.

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