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    Information Handbook for Stream A Candidates Australian Pharmacy Council Ltd November 2013 Level 2 Ethos House 28-36 Ainslie Place CANBERRA CITY ACT 2601 PO Box 269 CIVIC SQUARE ACT 2608 Telephone: +61 2 6247 5088 Facsimile: +61 2 6247 9611 Email: assessments@pharmacycouncil.org.au Website: www.pharmacycouncil.org.au  Candidates Information Handbook  –  Stream A November 2013 Page 2 of 60   The information given in this handbook is correct at the time of publication. Candidates should check that there have been no alterations or amendments since the date of publication by accessing the APC website at  www.pharmacycouncil.org.au   This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced without prior written permission from the Australian Pharmacy Council Ltd. Requests and enquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Australian Pharmacy Council Ltd, PO Box 269, Civic Square, ACT 2608, Australia.  Candidates Information Handbook  –  Stream A November 2013 Page 3 of 60   CONTENTS 1   INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY ..................................................................................... 4   2   ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA ....................................................................................................... 6   2.1    Assessment of Qualifications ............................................................................... 6    2.2    Documents Required to be Submitted .................................................................. 6    2.3   Certification .......................................................................................................... 7    2.4   Fee ...................................................................................................................... 8    2.5     Appeal against Assessment Process ................................................................... 8    3   APPLICATION FOR KAPS ................................................................................................. 8   4   ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT ............................................................................ 8   4.1   Occupational English Test (OET) ......................................................................... 9   4.2    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) ..................................... 9   5   KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (KAPS) ............... 10   5.1   Subject Areas .....................................................................................................10    5.2    Other General Texts............................................................................................12    5.3   Structure of MCQ Assessment Questions ...........................................................13   5.4   General Information ............................................................................................14   5.5    Pass Mark ...........................................................................................................14   5.6    Preparation for KAPS ..........................................................................................14   5.7    Results of KAPS .................................................................................................14   5.8    Number of attempts at the KAPS ........................................................................15    5.9   Validity Periods ...................................................................................................15    5.10    Closing dates for KAPS .......................................................................................15    5.11   Fees ....................................................................................................................15    5.12    Withdrawal Fees .................................................................................................15    5.13   Re-mark Fee .......................................................................................................16    6   PRACTICE EXPERIENCE ................................................................................................. 16   7   INTERN WRITTEN EXAMINATION .................................................................................. 16   7.1   Suggested Texts .................................................................................................17    7.2    Information on Examination Procedures..............................................................18    7.3   Closing Dates for Applications to Sit the Written Examination .............................18    7.4   Results of Written Examination ...........................................................................18    7.5    Number of Attempts ............................................................................................18    7.6    Fees ....................................................................................................................18    7.7    Cancellation Fees ...............................................................................................18    8   ORAL EXAMINATION ....................................................................................................... 18   9   APPEALS ........................................................................................................................... 19   APPENDIX A - SAMPLE KAPS QUESTIONS ......................................................................... 20   APPENDIX B - SAMPLE PROFILES ....................................................................................... 32   APPENDIX C  –  MCQ ANSWER SHEET .................................................................................. 35   APPENDIX D - Sample Written Examination Questions ..................................................... 36   APPENDIX E - Sample Written Examination Profiles .......................................................... 44   APPENDIX F - Sample Calculations/Forensic Questions ................................................... 55   APPENDIX G  –  Registration Process for Pharmacists in Australia ................................... 60    Candidates Information Handbook  –  Stream A November 2013 Page 4 of 60   1 INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY  Australia has a federated system of government and is divided into six independently governed states and two territories. Pharmacists are nationally registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA) to practise pharmacy in all states and territories in  Australia. The Australian Pharmacy Council Ltd assists overseas trained pharmacists through an assessment process towards registration in Australia and thus enable them to practise their profession in Australia. The Council has devised an assessment process to enable overseas trained pharmacists to demonstrate their knowledge and competence to practise according to professional standards in Australia. This handbook applies to the APC Stream A process. However, some candidates from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and the United States of America may be entitled to enter the Stream B process which is an alternative process for registration. Such candidates should make enquiries of the APC or refer to the APC website at www.pharmacycouncil.org.au.  A separate handbook is provided to Stream B candidates. The APC Stream A procedure consists of: Eligibility Assessment  An initial assessment of a candidate’s qualifications and associated documents is undertaken to determine an applicant's eligibility to undertake the secondary Knowledge  Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS). English Language Requirement  A score of either ‘A’ or ‘B’ in all four components of the Occupational English Test (OET) or an overall Band score of at least 7.5 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four components) at the Academic level of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a prerequisite to enrolment in the APC KAPS. These results must be achieved at the one sitting. The OET and IELTS may be taken overseas and in Australia and results from both tests will be accepted by the APC for two years from the date of the English test assessment.   Candidates must have a valid English result at the time they enrol and at the time they sit the KAPS. This includes candidates who have had an unsuccessful attempt at the KAPS and are resitting. Note: Candidates will only be able to enrol to sit the KAPS once they have been assessed as eligible and met the English language requirement.  As part of the national registration scheme candidates will also be required to hold a current satisfactory English result (within two years of date of issue) at the time they seek registration with the PBA.
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