Practicing in the USA & Canada

The pharmacy degrees awarded in Ireland are recognized by the pharmacy licensing authorities in Canada, the United States and the European Union. However, you should check with your national and state/provincial licensing authorities for specific details on applicable licensing procedures and any additional training that may be required of foreign-trained pharmacists.


If you wish to practice as a pharmacist in Canada you must meet the requirements set by the individual provincial and territorial licensing bodies across Canada known as Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (PRAs).

While Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (PRAs) have many similar requirements, each jurisdiction may have variations or unique conditions for licensure. To learn more about each of the provincial and territorial requirements for licensure, please visit the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada website.

Pharmacists Gateway Canada
Canadian Pharmacists Association
The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada


Graduates of non US Pharmacy schools must have completed a 5 year pharmacy curriculum.  Graduates then take the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Exams (FPGEE). FPGEE is administered twice a year in the spring and fall.

Graduates are also required to take the TOEFL iBT test (delivered via the internet) which measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level.

Having passed the FPGEE and the TOEFL iBT you can then apply for FPGEC certification. Almost all states accept Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) Certification for obtaining a pharmacist license. However states may require pharmacy internship hours.

Graduates then take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination  NAPLEX . This is the same pharmacy licensing exam taken by US graduates.

You should contact the pharmacy licensing authority in the state you wish to practice for official information on licensing procedures, examinations, and other possible requirements e.g. internship hours, state exams.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)

Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Exams (FPGEE)

Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee  (FPGEC)

North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX)