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3 Easy Steps To AHPRA Registration After The KAPS Exam for Overseas Pharmacists

Jun 05, 2024 4 min read
AHPRA Registration After KAPS Exam

Key Takeaways

  • Know about AHPRA and how pharmacists should approach it for registration after the KAPS Exam.
  • Navigate the AHPRA registration process with confidence using straightforward, step-by-step instructions tailored for overseas pharmacists.
  • Get to know about the types of registration, fees, importance and more.

The KAPS (Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences) Exams are over, and the results have also arrived. Your dedication, hard work, and commitment have brought you one step closer to realising your dream of becoming a registered pharmacist in Australia. How do you feel? Excited? Nervous? Well, you should be!

It's excellent news and a big step moving forward. Have you thought about what to do next? The next significant milestone is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration. This journey marks a pivotal moment in your career, opening doors to new opportunities and experiences in pharmacy.

Let's explore the exciting path ahead with the essential steps and requirements for AHPRA registration, ensuring you are well-prepared for the next phase of your professional journey.

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What is AHPRA?

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) works alongside 15 National Boards to ensure that healthcare professionals meet specific standards and rules to keep the public safe.

AHPRA and the National Boards team up to register and renew health practitioners' licenses. They also look into any complaints or worries about healthcare professionals when needed.

All healthcare professionals who are allowed to practise are listed on a national register, and AHPRA is in charge of managing this list. This helps keep track of qualified and approved healthcare practitioners across the country.

3 Things to do before applying for AHPRA Registration

#1. Preparing for English Language Proficiency Tests

Before diving into the registration process, students must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking tests such as IELTS, PTE (recommended), or OET. 

These tests ensure that communication skills meet the standards for practising as a pharmacist in Australia.

#2. Eligibility Check

The first step towards getting your AHPRA registration is checking if you are eligible. Candidates must check their eligibility, ensuring compliance with criteria related to:

  • Current Criminal History
  • English Language Skills
  • Recency of Practice
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance Arrangements

#3 Having Required Documentation for Registration

Aspiring pharmacists need to gather several documents, including:

  • Course certificate (degree)
  • Academic transcript
  • Evidence of any name changes
  • Proof of identity
  • Statement of Service from employers covering the past five years
  • Curriculum vitae detailing practice history and training
  • Proof of meeting NMBA's English language skills standard

3 Steps to AHPRA Registration 

For students aspiring to become pharmacists in Australia, here are the essential steps and requirements for AHPRA registration:

Step 1: Creating Your AHPRA Account

Purpose: The initial step involves setting up a personal account on the AHPRA website. This account serves as the central hub for managing your registration process.

Procedure:

  • Visit the AHPRA website and locate the registration section.
  • Follow the prompts to create a new account, providing necessary personal details and contact information.
  • Keep login credentials secure for future access.

Why it's Important:

Your AHPRA account is your gateway to the entire registration process.

It allows you to submit required documents, track the progress of your application, and receive updates.

Step 2: Submitting English Language Scores and Skill Assessment

Purpose: This step ensures that aspiring pharmacists meet the language proficiency standards and possess the required skills for practising pharmacy. 

Procedure:

  • Upload your English language test scores (such as IELTS, PTE, OET, or TOEFL) during the AHPRA registration process.
  • Include the skill assessment letter received after clearing the KAPS (Keele Assessment of Prescribing Skills) Exam.
  • The skills assessment letter looks like this:
KAPS Skill Assessment
Skill Assessment KAPS

Why it's Important:

  • Language proficiency is crucial for effective communication in a healthcare setting.
  • The skill assessment validates your competence, especially after successfully clearing the KAPS Exam.

Step 3: Provisional Registration

Purpose: Provisional registration is the initial stage of formal recognition by AHPRA, allowing aspiring pharmacists to begin the process of gaining practical experience.

Procedure:

  • Submit all required documents, including academic transcripts and proof of identity.
  • Await processing, which typically takes around two months.
  • Upon approval, you receive provisional registration.

Why it's Important:

  • Provisional registration signifies the commencement of your journey as a registered pharmacist.
  • It initiates the calculation of internship hours, a crucial aspect of gaining practical experience.

Additional Tips

Timely Submission 

Ensure all required documents are submitted accurately and promptly to avoid delays in processing your application.

Document Organisation

Keep all relevant documents, including academic transcripts and identification proof, well-organised and easily accessible for the application process.

Stay Informed

Regularly check your AHPRA account for updates and follow any additional instructions provided during the registration process.

Fee for Provisional Registration

The application fee for provisional registration is AUD 151, i.e. INR 8255.

Types of Registration

1. General Registration

General registration allows practitioners to work independently in their chosen profession without the need for supervision.

2. Limited Registration: Postgraduate Training or Supervised Practice

This limited registration is for practitioners undergoing postgraduate training or supervised practice in a specific area.

3. Non-Practising Registration

Non-practising registration is for practitioners not currently engaged in active practice but wish to maintain their registration.

4. Student Registration

Student registration is for individuals currently enrolled in an accredited program, allowing them to engage in supervised practical training.

Importance of registering with AHPRA

It is a legal requirement for healthcare practitioners to be registered with AHPRA to practice in Australia.

Quality Assurance

Registration ensures that practitioners meet specified standards, contributing to the overall quality and safety of healthcare services.

Public Protection

AHPRA registration is designed to protect the public by ensuring that practitioners are qualified and competent to practice.

Professional Accountability: Registered practitioners are accountable for their conduct, and AHPRA investigates complaints to maintain professional standards.

Final Words

Becoming a registered pharmacist in Australia is a rewarding journey that begins with AHPRA registration. 

By understanding and following these steps diligently, aspiring pharmacists can navigate the process smoothly, ensuring compliance with all requirements for a successful career in pharmacy.

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Dr. Indu K
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Dr. Indu K is a dentist with one year of clinical experience. She seamlessly transitioned into content writing three years ago. Her passion lies in making complex medical information accessible to everyone. She uses her unique blend of medical knowledge and exceptional writing skills to bridge the gap between healthcare and the general audience.