Skills Assessment for KAPS- All You Need To Know

Dec 21, 2023 5 min read
Skills Assessment for KAPS

Key Takeaways

  • Skills assessment is a part of the process of getting a PR Visa by clearing the KAPS exam. 
  • Only after completing the skill assessment can you take the exam and apply for the Visa. 
  • With the help of correct guidance and complete documentation, you can pass the skill assessment stage very easily. 

Introduction

The Skill Assessment letter is essential to register and work as a pharmacist in Australia if you have completed your pharmacy qualification in any country other than Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA.

It helps support your Visa application, and a certified skill assessment adds more value to your Visa application. Also, it helps you apply for provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. 

If you are also a pharmacist or a medical professional looking to migrate to Australia by taking the KAPS  (Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences) exam, you must be aware of the prerequisites for skill assessment. Let us now dive into more information about the documents required for skill assessment and the eligibility criteria amongst other things.

Documents Required for Eligibility Check

Embarking on the journey of applying for a course, exam, or visa in a foreign country involves a meticulous process of document submission. 

Particularly, for the skill assessment eligibility check, it's imperative to understand the required documents. Below is an in-depth exploration of the documents necessary for each aspect of the eligibility check:

1. Proof of Identity

Submission of a valid proof of identity is a foundational requirement. Provide the pages of your current passport that display your photo, and personal details, as well as the issue and expiry dates. It is crucial to note that an expired passport is not accepted, so it is essential to ensure that your passport is up to date.

2. Academic Qualifications

To initiate the eligibility check, candidates must have graduated with a qualification from a country outside of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, or the USA. The verification documents include

  • Scans of your qualification certificate.
  • Alternatively, a letter of completion in cases where the certificate has not yet been issued.
  • Academic transcript in the form of a PDF.
3. Registration Details

In the country where the qualification was completed, candidates must demonstrate one of the following:

  • Registered as a pharmacist.
  • Eligible to register as a pharmacist.
  • Eligible to commence the pharmacist registration process.
  • To substantiate these claims, authorities require proof, which can be provided through documentation of initial registration in the country of graduation or current registration in that country.
4. Work History (If Any)

While not mandatory, prior work experience can strengthen the application. If you choose to showcase your work history, certain criteria must be met:

  • Previous employment as a fully registered retail or hospital pharmacist (not as an intern).
  • Worked for more than 20 hours per week or at least 12 months within the last 10 years.

Important Note:

Ensuring consistency across all documents is crucial. Every detail, including your name, must match to avoid any discrepancies that could lead to a refusal of the application.

By meticulously assembling these documents and adhering to the outlined criteria, candidates can streamline the eligibility check process for skill assessment.

Documents for KAPS Registration

Upon successful completion of the skill assessment, the next crucial step is registering for the KAPS  (Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences) examination. The registration process requires specific documents, outlined below for a clear understanding:

1. Passport-Sized Photo

To initiate the KAPS registration, you are required to upload a recent, passport-sized photo. The dimensions should be between 35 to 40mm wide and 45 to 50mm high. 

Emphasising quality, the photo must be in colour and taken within the last six months. Importantly, avoid using a scan of your full passport or a cropped version of your passport photo.

2. Special Accommodation Documents

For individuals with disabilities or health-related needs, the option to request special accommodation during the exam is available. 

Justification for this request should be supported by evidence. Examples of special accommodation requests include:

  • Additional time to complete the exam.
  • Permission to leave the exam room for breaks.
  • Increased legroom at the exam desk in case of injury.

To formalise the request, a medical certificate from a recognised healthcare worker is essential. The certificate should include the following details:

  • Date of issue, not exceeding 12 months before the exam date.
  • Your name and date of birth.
  • Recognized healthcare worker’s name, profession, and contact details.
  • Specific assistance was sought on the day of the exam.

Additional Insight

While the skill assessment process typically spans 8-12 weeks, ensuring a smooth and planned assessment is attainable with the right documents and support. 

Successful navigation of the skill assessment and subsequent KAPS registration is pivotal for those aspiring to advance their career in pharmacy in Australia.

Embark on the Journey to Success!

Achieving success in your initial attempt is within reach with the invaluable assistance and direction provided by experts. Armed with their guidance, nothing can impede your journey to migrate to Australia and establish a thriving career!

At Academically, we extend unparalleled coaching and 24/7 support to all ambitious individuals striving to excel in the KAPS exam. Our KAPS Exam Preparation Course, designed for optimal advantage, is your ultimate strategy for taking the exam on your very first try!

Uncover more details about the course and access the comprehensive guidance you seek. Connect with the proficient team at Academically today to propel your aspirations toward a successful future!

FAQs

Q. Can I get PR in Australia without a skill assessment?

Ans. In most cases, obtaining a Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia typically requires a skill assessment, especially for skilled migration programs. The assessment ensures that your qualifications and experience meet Australian standards for the nominated occupation. 

Q. Is skill assessment difficult?

Ans. The difficulty of a skill assessment in Australia varies based on the occupation and assessing authority. It involves a thorough evaluation of qualifications and experience. Following guidelines, providing accurate documentation, and meeting standards are crucial. Seek professional advice if needed.

Q. How much does a skill assessment cost in Australia?

Ans. The cost of a skill assessment in Australia varies depending on the assessing authority and the occupation being assessed. Prices can range from a few hundred to over a thousand Australian dollars. It is recommended to check with the specific assessing authority relevant to your occupation for the most accurate and up-to-date fee information.

Q. How long is skill assessment valid for?

Ans. Skills assessment is valid for 3 years from the date of outcome.

Dr. Akram Ahmad
Dr. Akram Ahmad
about the author

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.