CAOP, Stream B requirements:

  • Obligatory pharmacy qualification is needed for this course, following at least 4 years of full-time academic study from an accredited institution in a country or jurisdiction formally recognised by the APC.
  • Deemed non-eligible by COPRA (Council of Pharmacy Registering Authorities of Australia), otherwise,  you should proceed via stream A.
  • The applicant must hold current registration with a pharmacy body in any given country and be able to practice as a pharmacist in that country within the last 10 years. ie. NAPLEX - US, PEBC - Canada, GPhC - UK.
  • Certificate(s) of Good Standing must be provided directly to the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand from all jurisdictions in which you have been registered at any time over the past 10 years.
  • If English is not your first language, an original IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or OET (Occupational English Test) certificate must be provided

Details about CAOP

The CAOP consists of one paper of 105 multiple choice questions (MCQ) plus one short answer question, to be taken over three hours. It is based on the competencies currently existing for Australian pharmacy practice. This examination is available in London - England, Auckland and all major cities in Australia. 

The CAOP tests in 5 main domains, these include:

  • Domain 2 - Communication, collaboration and self-management 
  • Domain 4 - Review and supply prescribed medicines
  • Domain 5 - Prepare pharmaceutical products
  • Domain 6 - Delivery primary and preventative healthcare
  • Domain 7 - Promote and contribute to optimal use of medicines

To pass the CAOP examination, you must achieve a minimum overall pass mark. The overall pass mark for each CAOP examination is moderated and therefore is not a fixed percentage. You must achieve 50% in Domains 2, 4, 6 and 7. You must achieve 63% in Domain 5. You are permitted 2 attempts at the CAOP examination. If you fail the CAOP examination twice, you will be required to sit the KAPS examination prior to receiving a skills assessment letter.