Pre-registration Manual


Preparing to sit the registration assessment
8 June 2018 - 12:25pm

Watch our series of video presentations about the registration assessment on YouTube to help you prepare...

Find out about:

1) The structure of the registration assessment papers

2) The registration assessment framework and how to use it

3) How to use learning points from the board of assessors in your assessment preparation

4) How an assessment paper is developed

5) How to record answers onto the answer sheets

6) Quality assuring the marking of papers and the issuing of results

Applying to join the register as a pharmacist
8 June 2018 - 12:01pm

If you are planning to join the register after you sit the September 2018 registration assessment, here's what you will need to do to make sure your application goes smoothly.

If you have already applied using myGPhC

You will be able to use your previous application information again. You can refer to the application guidance if you have any questions.

Click ‘reopen’ on your application page if you need to change any details, such as:

  • your address
  • your answers to declarations
  • adding new supporting documents, if there were problems with your previous submission- remember that you will need to post these as well

You must to get your application countersigned again if you make any changes.

If you are applying for the first time

To apply, you will need to:

  • fill in an online application form using myGPhC 
  • provide legally certified copies of your identity and qualification documents as scanned digital and hard copy versions
  • organise for a registered pharmacist (usually your tutor) to countersign your application using myGPhC

We recommend that you read the application guidance as soon as possible to find out what information you will need to provide, and start to collect your documents – as this might take some time. Make sure your tutor is signed up to myGPhC so they are ready to countersign your application.
The online application form is available now. You can create an account on myGPhC and start your application at any time.

Read the application guidance

Important: The earliest date you can join the register is 1 November 2018, provided you have met the criteria for registration. We must receive your completed and correct online application and hard copy supporting documents by 12 October for it to be possible for you to join the register on 1 November.

If you have any questions, please read the application guidance. 

Spring 2018 pre-registration bulletin
13 March 2018 - 5:11pm

If you missed the Spring 2018 pre-registration bulletin in your email inbox, you can read it here...

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 See the key dates page to check your eligibility for the 2018 assessments.

Applying to sit the June 2018 assessment
If our records show that you are eligible to sit the June 2018 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 2018 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 22 March 2018. 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 here.

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 section six of the pre-registration manual

CPD and revalidation
From April 2018, revalidation replaces the current requirement for pharmacy professionals to complete CPD.  As part of this work, the current CPD system,, will become read-only on 1 April 2018. It will be taken offline on 1 June 2018 and all content will be deleted.

If you want to keep any CPD entries you have previously recorded in, you will need to print them by 1 June 2018. See section 7 of the  CPDOnline user guide for instructions on how to do this.

Find out more about revalidation and record learning using new template forms on our website

Autumn 2017 pre- registration bulletin
1 December 2017 - 12:54pm

Missed the bulletin in your inbox? Check the information here... 

Welcome to the Autumn 2017 pre-registration bulletin, which will help you to make the most of your training.

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 documents 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, and ask questions of other healthcare professionals. Find out more about 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 2018 registration assessments
We have updated the information about the 2018 registration assessments, including the framework (which sets out the topics covered), and feedback from the September 2017 sitting.  See section 5 of the pre-registration manual to find out about the 2018 assessments    

Key dates
We’ve added some more key dates… Make sure you don’t miss out on important deadlines and check the key dates page regularly

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

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