Pre-registration Manual


Resitting in 2020? No need to complete a six-month placement
21 October 2019 - 2:37pm

If you plan to re-sit the registration assessment for the second or third time in 2020, you do not have to complete a six-month placement to be eligible to sit the exam. We have removed this requirement from the assessment regulations for all sittings from 2020 onwards, so that you can reflect on your performance in the assessment and form your own plan to address the issues you identify.

Although there is no longer a formal requirement to complete any further pharmacy work experience, you may still want to continue with a current placement, or to arrange work experience before your next assessment sitting, if you feel that this would help you prepare to sit the assessment again. It’s important that you reflect on your performance, identify any issues, and make a plan to address these. This will help to give you the best chance of passing the assessment when you next attempt it.

If you do decide to carry out further pharmacy work experience, you do not need to notify us or provide any information to us about it.

You can find out more about what to do to prepare to resit the assessment in section 6.3.

Spring Bulletin 2019
12 March 2019 - 12:23pm

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Welcome to Spring 2019 pre-registration bulletin, with useful information to help you prepare for the registration assessment. Pre-registration tutors may find this information helpful too. 

Are you eligible to sit the registration assessment?

You can only be considered for entry to the registration assessment once you have achieved a week-39 progress report that is marked as satisfactory by your tutor. This means that you must start your training before a set date. See the key dates page to check your eligibility for the 2019 assessments.

Applying to sit the June 2019 assessment 

If our records show that you are eligible to sit the June 2019 assessment, we will let you know which centre you have been allocated to sit the assessment, and how to apply. If you expect to sit in June 2019 and haven’t received an email from us by the end of April, contact us.

Download the application form and apply

See the list of assessment centres 

Assessment preparation

For information about the assessment, including  a series of video presentations about the format of the assessment, sample answer sheets, sample calculations questions, an example of the instructions (a ‘rubric’) and a template resource pack, see section five of the pre-registration manual


If you are sitting the registration assessment and have a permanent or temporary specific need which you feel could disadvantage you when sitting, you can request reasonable adjustments to the assessment conditions until 21 March 2019. Find out about requesting an adjustment

Are you fit to sit the assessment?

It’s really important that you only sit the registration assessment if you are fit to do so. If you think you might underperform for any reason, you should withdraw and wait for another sitting if you’re eligible. If you want to withdraw, you must tell us using the notification of withdrawal form. If you do not sit and do not withdraw, it may count as one of your assessment attempts.

See section five of the pre-registration manual for more information about making a decision to sit the assessment.


If you have a concern about pharmacy education and training then you can raise it using our dedicated form.

When can I join the register?

Check the key dates page to see the earliest date you can register, based on the assessment you are planning to sit and when you successfully complete 52 weeks of training. Don’t forget to check the deadline for submitting your registration application to join the register on that date. 

Find out more about how to join the register in sections six and seven of the pre-registration manual.

Autumn bulletin 2018
20 December 2018 - 11:19am

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Make sure your training details are up to date

This bulletin follows on from the welcome letter you received at the start of your training –if you did not receive this letter, please get in touch and check the details we hold for you.

If the information we hold about you and your training is not accurate, your assessment entry application or registration may be refused or delayed.

Something to declare?

Tell us about any fitness to practise issues as early as possible so we can provide guidance on what to do when you apply for registration. If you think you may have something to declare, get in touch at

Are you following your training plan? 

Your training provider has submitted a plan for your pre-registration training. They should also share this with you. If you have any concerns or issues with your plan, raise these with your training provider. See section 3.4 of the pre-registration manual to find out about your training plan

Be proactive - take ownership of your own training

Pre-registration tutoring is only one element of your tutor’s job as a pharmacist – it’s up to you to take control, make notes, collect evidence, ask questions of other healthcare professionals. Making the most of your training 

Worried about an unsatisfactory progress report?

It’s important to be clear about what went wrong if you receive an unsatisfactory progress report. Find out how to get back on track

The 2019 registration assessments

We have updated the information about the 2019 registration assessments, including the framework (which sets out the topics covered), and feedback from the September 2018 sitting. See section 5 of the pre-registration manual to find out about the 2018 assessments

We’ve published the list of items you will be permitted to have on your desk in the registration assessment. If you need any items not on the list, you must tell us why by submitting an adjustment request.

Requesting assessment adjustments

If you have a permanent or temporary need which you feel could disadvantage you unfairly when sitting the registration assessment, you can request reasonable adjustments to the assessment conditions to mitigate these. Find about adjustments

Key dates

Don’t miss out on important deadlines – check the key dates page regularly.

Get some support

Pre-registration training can be tough. If you are having problems, there is support available to you. Find out about support