How to pursue a career as a Registered Pharmacist in Australia
Steps to become a registered pharmacist in Australia
Pharmacy has proved to be a demanding career in Australia and pharmacists all across the globe desire to migrate and pursue a career here. Over a quarter of the licensed pharmacists in Western Australia are foreigners, with the majority coming from India, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
The major role of the pharmacist is to dispense drugs as per guided by the physician. They identify therapeutic incompatibilities and label pharmaceuticals. Pharmacists work in various settings such as hospitals, retail pharmacies and pharmaceutical industries.
To become a pharmacist in Australia, you need to follow a step-by-step procedure that will help you pursue your dream of becoming a registered immigrant pharmacist.
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Steps to become a registered pharmacist in Australia
Step 1: – Initial Skills Assessment with Australian Pharmacy Council
You need to have a compulsory bachelor’s degree in pharmacy to register with the pharmacy board of Australia. For international students, it is imperative for them to be a registered pharmacist from a recognized body in their home country.
Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharma)/Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree/provisional degree
BPharm/PharmD transcripts/consolidated Mark sheet State pharmacy council registration (must be registered as a pharmacist in home country) Passport Working experience if any (experience not mandatory)
Step 2: Appear for the KAPS exam
The Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) exam is an Australian Licensing process for international pharmacists who wish to work in Australia. The Australian Pharmacy Council assesses the candidates on the basis of their educational qualifications, KAPS exam or intern written exam and intern oral exam.
The first step is to complete all the requirements and get registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Once your eligibility is confirmed then you will be asked to complete a full-time internship under supervision where you will be assessed on various aspects. After this, you need to register for the KAPS exam and upload all the required documents. The exam is conducted in 2 steps: Intern Written Exam (IWE) and Intern Oral Exam (IOE).
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Post the completion of your eligibility, you’ll also need to complete a full-time internship under the supervision of the Australian Pharmacy Council.
Step 3:- English Language Competency
The Pharmacy Board of Australia accepts several language testing systems such as IELTS, and OET. For IELTS, your minimum score should be 7.5 at the academic level with a minimum of 7 score in all) and for OET (Occupational English Test) you need to have a minimum score of 6.5 or say 7 in every component.
PTE is easier than IELTS exam. PTE is a computer-based exam with different types of short tasks while IELTS is a written-based test with pen and paper and has questions.
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Step 4: Visa options for Pharmacist in Australia after KAPS exam
As soon as you are passed KAPS exam and completed English requirements, you will have several options and you may apply for General Skilled Migration Visa. Pharmacists visa can be categorized into three types.
You may speak with any registered migration agent for further information on which visa is best for you.
Step 5: Provisional Pharmacist registration AHPRA
Apply for provisional registration as a pharmacist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Average Salary of Pharmacists in Australia
The average salary of a pharmacist in Australia is around $52,000 a year. For experienced pharmacists working in the industry for a significant amount of time, this salary can even go up to $140,000 a year.
Working as an international pharmacist in Australia is a demanding yet rewarding option. You need to be thorough with your roadmap to ace the exam and pursue your career as a pharmacist.
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