Pharmacy Technician

Upcoming Registration deadlines for pharmacy technicians (PDF)

Standard processing time for applications is  14 days from the date all parts of the application package are received by the College in the required format.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

2015 marked the first time Pharmacy Technicians were registered in New Brunswick. Standardizing education, scope of practice, role definition and legal responsibility of regulated pharmacy technicians are important components of the growth process of the pharmacy profession and ensures the profession is practiced safely by qualified individuals. The aspects of the practice of pharmacy that registered pharmacy technicians may perform is outlined in Regulation 20.6.

Only those individuals registered with the NB College of Pharmacists may use the titles Pharmacy Technician Student or Pharmacy Technician.

Individuals currently working in a pharmacy as a pharmacy assistant have until December 31, 2019 to complete and submit all registration requirements for licensure (Path 1).  After the deadline has passed, current assistants wishing to become registered pharmacy technicians will be required to pursue licensure through Path 2 that includes graduation from an accredited pharmacy technician education program.

Bridging Programs for current pharmacy assistants

The National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program [ LINK] is available online in New Brunswick in English or in French through Selkirk College. Students will also be able to take courses in English or French in a traditional classroom format through the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB). For more information please consult the following websites:

Bridging programs are currently available in:

Accredited Pharmacy Technician Education Programs in NB

Do you still have questions about becoming a Registered Pharmacy Technician? Contact the College at 

Pharmacy Technician - First year licensure:

If between November 1 st of the previous year and November 30 th of the current year you:

  • spent 15 hours or more completing your Structured Practical Training manual and,
  • became a licensed Pharmacy Technician,

you are deemed to have met the continuing education (CE) requirement for the renewal period (November 1, to November 30) for the coming year only.  (e.g., if you began the training manual in December, 2018 and a pharmacy technician licence is obtained in July, 2019 then during the renewal process for the year 2020, you are deemed to have met the continuing education requirement).  Every year thereafter, please refer to the continuous professional development requirements [ LINK]