Steps After Clearing The KAPS Exam: Here’s What You Should Do

Jan 23, 2024 4 min read
Clearing The KAPS Exam

Key Takeaway: 

  • Understand and comply with the licensing and registration requirements in Australia.
  • Work on your English language proficiency in order to become eligible to migrate to Australia.
  • If you're not employed, start exploring job opportunities aligned with your career goals.

Introduction

The Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) by the Australian Pharmacy Council is the stepping stone to becoming a registered pharmacist in Australia. Many overseas-trained pharmacists migrate to Australia for various reasons such as rewarding careers, opportunities to grow, improved quality of life, permanent residency in Australia, and more. 

However, merely cracking the KAPS exam will not suffice. The aspirant should follow some steps in order to land in Australia and settle there.  

Read along to gain some insight into the steps to be followed after clearing KAPS Australia.

What Should You Do After the KAPS Exam?

Cracking the KAPS exam is undoubtedly a significant achievement, marking the climax of years of learning and dedication. As you bask in the glory of your success, it is essential to take the next steps down the road of your professional journey. 

English Language Requirements

While relocating to Australia, you must meet the English language proficiency requirements according to your role. There are various English language assessments that are recognised by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC). 

While migrating to English-speaking countries as healthcare professionals, you can opt for English language proficiency tests such as IELTS, PTE, OET, and more according to the options available. 

In the case of pharmacists, they are required to attain a minimum score of 7.5 on the academic version of IELTS, with no less than 7 in each section. 

If you choose OET, a minimum score of 6.5 overall, or a 7 in every individual component, is required.

Application for Provisional Registration

The step right after clearing the KAPS exam is the application for provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. The Pharmacy Board of Australia is supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

To be registered with the Board, pharmacists must meet the registration standards of the Board, to be able to practise in Australia. 

Types of Pharmacy Registration in Australia

There are various types of registration for pharmacists. In the case of overseas-trained pharmacists, application for registration and application for visa are processes separate from the KAPS exam. Please note that the success of these processes can vary from person to person. 

Following are the different types of pharmacy registration in Australia. 

  • General registration 
  • Limited registration
    • Postgraduate training or supervised practice
  • Provisional registration
  • Non-practising registration
  • Student registration

Visa Application 

To complete the procedure of migrating to Australia as a registered pharmacist, expression of interest and visa application should be taken care of. 

You must apply for a visa issued by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. You can learn more about visa applications on their official website. There are various visa options that pharmacists are eligible for. 

Visa Options for Pharmacists in Australia

Let's take a look at the visa options that a pharmacist is eligible for. 

  • General Skilled Migration Visa under subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated Visa)
  • Subclass 491 (Regional Sponsored Visa)
  • Subclass 482 (Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa)
  • Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa)
  • Subclass 407 (Training Visa)

Internship 

The first thing that you have to do on receiving your visa and flying to Australia, is find a position as a pharmacy intern. 

Once you complete 1800 hours or one year of internship, you will need to clear an oral exam by AHPRA. 

Job Search and Career Path

If you're not already employed, start exploring job opportunities aligned with your career goals. Whether it's in a hospital, research institution, or private practice, identify roles that match your aspirations and contribute to your professional development.

Some of the pharmacy roles are:

  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Industrial pharmacist
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Retail pharmacist

What is AHPRA?

AHPRA stands for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. It is the organisation responsible for the regulation of health practitioners in Australia. AHPRA works in partnership with the National Boards to ensure that healthcare professionals meet the national standards for their respective professions. It plays a vital role in maintaining the quality and safety of healthcare services by overseeing the registration and accreditation of healthcare practitioners in Australia.

Benefits of Clearing the KAPS Exam

  1. Professional Recognition: KAPS is a prestigious and rigorous assessment that signifies a high level of expertise and knowledge. Passing it demonstrates your competence and dedication in your field, earning you recognition among peers and employers.
  2. Eligibility for Registration: KAPS is often a prerequisite for international medical graduates to become eligible for specialist registration with the Medical Board of Australia. This opens up opportunities for specialised medical practice in Australia.
  3. Enhanced Career Opportunities: Clearing KAPS significantly enhances your career prospects in Australia. It allows you to apply for specialist positions, which are often associated with higher pay and more responsibilities.
  4. Quality Assurance: The KAPS exam ensures that healthcare professionals, including specialists, have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide quality healthcare. This contributes to maintaining the high standards of healthcare in Australia.
  5. Research and Academic Opportunities: Passing KAPS can open doors to research and academic opportunities in your specialised field. It can lead to teaching positions, involvement in clinical trials, and collaboration with leading healthcare institutions.
  6. Continued Learning: Preparing for KAPS requires an in-depth review of your field, which promotes continuous learning and professional growth. This knowledge and expertise benefit both your practice and your patients.
  7. Networking and Collaboration: KAPS connects you with a network of other healthcare professionals who have also passed the exam. This network can lead to collaborations, sharing of best practices, and opportunities for advancement in your specialty.
  8. Personal Satisfaction: Successfully navigating the challenging KAPS exam is a significant personal achievement. It instils a sense of pride and satisfaction in your professional journey.
  9. Contribution to Healthcare: As a KAPS-certified specialist, you can make a meaningful contribution to the healthcare system in Australia by providing high-quality, specialised care to patients and participating in advancements in your field.

Conclusion

The post-KAPS journey is a dynamic and exciting phase of your career. Embrace the opportunities, stay curious, and continue to evolve both personally and professionally. Your success in the KAPS exam is just the beginning of a fulfilling and rewarding professional adventure.

FAQs 

Q. Can pharmacists obtain a PR visa?

Ans. Yes. After working for the required period of time, your visa can be turned into a PR visa.

Q. What is the subclass 491 visa processing time?

Ans.The visa processing time is approximately 3-6 months.

Q.  Which is the best visa for pharmacists in Australia?

Ans.Opting for a subclass 190 visa or subclass 494 visa will be a better choice.

Q.  Can I attend the KAPS exam from India?

Ans.Yes. You can write the KAPS exam from your home country. 

Q.  How can I find job opportunities as a KAPS-certified specialist?

Ans. You can explore job opportunities through job boards, professional networks, and healthcare institutions in Australia. Some of the platforms are Seek, Talent, and Indeed. 

Nuha Mariyam
Nuha Mariyam
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