Registration Information for Pharmacy Professionals
To practise as a pharmacy professional in Saskatchewan, an individual must be registered and licensed with the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals (SCPP) according to The Pharmacy and Pharmacy Disciplines Act 1996, c.P-9 and the SCPP Regulatory Bylaws.
While all applicants must meet the same requirements and qualifications, there are different pathways to licensure, depending on whether an applicant is a graduate not previously licensed, a pharmacist licensed in another Canadian jurisdiction, an international pharmacy professional educated/licensed outside of Canada, or a pharmacy professional resuming practice.
Any person who wishes to become a member must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident or be legally entitled to work in Canada.
The topics in this section apply to both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. For information on a specific professional class, please click on either the Pharmacist or the Pharmacy Technician links on the left side.
Pharmacy Technicians - NAPRA Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential information on Canada’s health systems and the health of Canadians. SCPP collects and sends required information to CIHI during the registration and renewal processes.
CIHI Website – membership renewal and collection of information for national database.
For more information about registration, membership, licence and reinstatement fees, as well as proprietary pharmacy permit fees, please review Part F of the SCPP Administrative Bylaws. Fee Schedule
The Jurisprudence Examination may be written at the office of the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals on the following days and times, providing they are available:
- Tuesday to Thursday – 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Extra precautions have been put into place during COVID-19 to ensure that both candidates writing the JP exam and our staff members stay safe, including only allowing one JP exam per day. For more details please contact the office.
Appointments may be made by contacting SCPP at 306-584-2292 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
To prepare for the exam, candidates should be knowledgeable and understand the application of all legislation, practice standards, guidelines and joint statements relevant to the practice of pharmacy in the province of Saskatchewan. Please read and link to the documents in the Jurisprudence Exam Study Outline. Candidates are responsible to know and understand all materials. Note that the guide may be adjusted as legislation changes. Ensure the latest version is being reviewed.
Candidates are provided two hours to complete the multiple choice exam and will receive their pass/fail result immediately after completing the exam.
Prior to completing a registration application, the candidate is responsible for obtaining acceptable malpractice insurance that meets the requirements in section 4 of Part E.9 (pharmacists) or Part F.9 (pharmacy technicians) of the SCPP Regulatory Bylaws. Malpractice insurance must be purchased separately; it is not included with registration and membership.
Your SCPP Practising membership/licence expires on the date of the insurance expiry, regardless of the SCPP licensing year.
Example: If your malpractice insurance expires on December 31, then your licence will only be valid until that time. The onus is on the member to declare at registration and renewal time that they have met the malpractice insurance bylaws.
In the event the malpractice insurance valid dates do not match SCPP’s membership year (July 1 – June 30), it is the responsibility of the member to provide proof at least 30 days in advance of the insurance expiry date.
Where to Buy
Malpractice insurance can be purchased from any insurance provider that meets the SCPP bylaws. The Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan (PAS) , the advocacy body for pharmacists in Saskatchewan, offers malpractice insurance that meets with our bylaws and follows our licensing year.
FORM 1 - Certificate of Acceptable Malpractice Insurance
It is your responsibility to submit an updated “FORM 1 - Certificate of Acceptable Malpractice Insurance” to SCPP prior to the date of expiry of the insurance.
The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) is the national certification body for the profession of pharmacy in Canada. Its purpose is to assess qualifications for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on behalf of participating provincial regulatory authorities such as SCPP.
Through its comprehensive certification process, PEBC ensures that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians entering the profession have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to safely and effectively practise pharmacy. The rigorous certification process administered by PEBC ensures the quality of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians entering practice and is a vital component in the delivery of safe and effective health care to Canadians.
For information regarding the certification process, as well as exam dates and fees, please visit the PEBC website at www.pebc.ca .
Criminal Record Checks
All SCPP Practising and Non-Practising members and new registrants are required to provide a Criminal Record Check (CRC) by March 31, 2021, specifically named as an Enhanced Police Information Check (E-PIC), to meet the requirements of SCPP Bylaws and policy.
SCPP has partnered with Sterling Backcheck and as such, the E-PIC will only be accepted if completed through Sterling Backcheck, and at the pharmacy professional's own cost. Note that E-PICs obtained from other service providers are not acceptable. To complete your E-PIC application through Sterling Backcheck, please click here. If you have difficulty completing your E-PIC, please contact Sterling Backcheck directly.
Once you receive your results from Sterling Backcheck, see the E-PIC Upload Instructions below. For a helpful walk-through, see video at right.
If you completed an E-PIC through Sterling Backcheck between April 1 and July 2020, please contact the office at SCPPRegistration@saskpharm.ca for pharmacists and SCPPRegistration.PHARMTECH@saskpharm.ca for pharmacy technicians.
E-PIC Upload Instructions
- Refer to the Sterling Backcheck Guide and gather what you need:
- Identity details (i.e. personal, birth, and residential details, social insurance number)
- Addresses where you have resided in the past
- Criminal record details
- Log in to your member portal.
- Under Applications you will find the Criminal Record Check form. If you haven’t already done so, click the link to go to Sterling Backcheck and complete your E-PIC. You should receive your results in an email, including instructions to download your certificate, within 24 hours. Once your certificate is downloaded, return to your member portal.
- Fill out the required information in the SCPP CRC Form and upload the certificate you downloaded from Sterling Backcheck. Once complete, expect a confirmation email from SCPP.
- In the event you do not receive a certificate because your record may not be “clear,” you are still required to complete the CRC form on your member portal and attach the document you receive from Sterling Backcheck. SCPP staff will be notified that you have selected “not clear” and a notification will be sent to the office. Our office will then contact you to discuss your results.
For more details, please see the Criminal Record Check Policy Document and FAQs.
Pre-Registration Application (for non-members)
A "Pre-Registration Application" is required for all non-members, such as foreign-trained pharmacy graduates, members from another Canadian province or former members returning to practice (excluding new graduates from U of S) who wish to begin the process of registering with SCPP. Candidates must complete the pre-registration application as the first step in the registration process. A non-refundable fee is required (see Fee Schedule). Once SCPP has received the completed application, a file will be opened and candidates can begin sending in the required documents as outlined in the registration information on the website.
The College has developed privacy policies to comply with our ethical obligations: the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada) (PIPEDA) and the Health Information Protection Act (Saskatchewan) (HIPA).
Please see all applicable privacy policies in the SCPP Reference Manual.