If you are an internationally qualified pharmacist aspiring to practice in Australia, one of the essential milestones in your journey will be passing the KAPS exam (Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences). This is the Australian Examination for Pharmacists.
Administered by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC), the KAPS exam is crucial to achieving your dream of becoming a registered pharmacist in Australia.
The exam assesses the knowledge and competency of internationally qualified pharmacists to determine if they meet the necessary standards to practice pharmacy in Australia.
This blog will explore what the KAPS exam entails, its significance, and how you can prepare for success.
The primary purpose of the KAPS exam is to ensure that foreign pharmacists possess the necessary knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective pharmaceutical care in the Australian healthcare system.
It aims to assess their competence in pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy practice, and relevant regulations.
To be eligible to sit for the KAPS exam, foreign pharmacists must meet specific criteria set by the APC.
The following are the basic requirements required to apply for KAPS Exam:
It is essential to carefully review the APC’s website or contact them directly to confirm the latest eligibility requirements.
Also, it will take about 12 weeks to complete the eligibility check. So make sure you don’t provide the wrong documents or leave any out because then the process will take longer than usual.
Here's a detailed breakdown of the KAPS exam structure for your better understanding.
The KAPS exam consists of two separate papers, both to be taken on the same day. Each paper comprises 100 multiple-choice questions covering both theoretical knowledge and practical application.
You will have two hours to complete each paper, with a scheduled 30-40 minute break between Paper 1 and Paper 2. During this break, you are allowed to leave the exam venue, access personal belongings (such as your mobile phone, exam notes, and study guides), have food and drink, and even study if you wish.
Before the exam starts, you will be given 15 minutes to familiarize yourself with the exam tutorial. At the end of the exam, there will be a 5-minute window for you to complete a feedback survey.
It’s important to manage your time efficiently during the exam, as returning late from the break means you will not receive extra time to complete the remaining part of the exam. So, be sure to adhere to the specified break time to ensure you have ample time for both papers.
Each KAPS exam is divided into two papers, each focusing on specific areas of pharmaceutical sciences:
This paper comprises 100 multiple-choice questions, with a distribution of 30% Pharmaceutical Chemistry and 70% Physiology and Pharmacology.
The questions in this section will test your understanding of the chemical aspects of pharmaceuticals and their interactions within the human body.
The second paper also consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, with different emphasis. It covers 30% Pharmaceutics, which involves the study of drug formulation and delivery, and 70% Therapeutics, which delves into the application of drugs to treat various diseases and medical conditions.
To successfully pass the KAPS exam, candidates must meet the following requirements:
By meeting these criteria, candidates demonstrate their competence in the pharmaceutical sciences and their ability to provide safe and effective pharmaceutical care in the Australian healthcare system.
The KAPS exam plays a vital role in maintaining high standards of pharmacy practice in Australia and safeguarding the well-being of its citizens. As foreign pharmacists endeavour to meet these requirements, thorough preparation and dedication are key to unlocking opportunities in the vibrant and rewarding landscape of Australian healthcare.
By meeting the challenges posed by the KAPS exam, foreign pharmacists gain access to a world-class healthcare system and contribute their knowledge and skills to improve the lives of patients and communities across the country. Through this examination, the Australian healthcare system continues to benefit from the diverse expertise and dedication brought in by talented pharmacists from around the world.
Q: What is the Kaps exam in Australia?
Ans: The KAPS Exam is the Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences. This exam is conducted for pharmacists who want to work in Australia.
Q: What is the pass mark for the Kaps exam?
Ans: To pass the KAPS Exam, a candidate must score at least 50% on the exam.
Q: Can an Indian pharmacist work in Australia?
Ans: Yes, an eligible pharmacist can work in Australia after passing the KAPS Exam conducted by the APC.
Q: How much PTE score is required for pharmacists in Australia?
Ans: The English language proficiency requirement for pharmacists who want to work in Australia is a minimum score of 65 overall in the PTE Academic test.
Q: What is the next step after Kaps?
Ans: After passing the KAPS Exam, apply for provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
Dr. Akram Ahmad is a clinical pharmacist and lecturer with over 10 years of teaching and research experience across various subjects of medicine in India, Malaysia and Australia. He is an educationist and a medpreneur with extensive knowledge of the global healthcare diaspora. Through his articles, videos and engaging sessions, he always aims to impart unexplored knowledge about the healthcare world to interested students and professionals.