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Common Registration Assessment Application Process

We are pleased to announce that the application process for the Common Registration Assessment (to be held on Tuesday 16 November 2021) is now open.

The application process for the November assessment will involve a two-step process as follows:

STEP 1:   Pay the application fee and submit a completed application form

STEP 2:   Complete the Pearson VUE assessment booking process (further information will follow)

To apply to sit the assessment, you must complete both stages of the application process.  At this stage, we are asking you only to complete Step 1 of the application process as soon as possible by submitting an application form and paying the application fee by 5pm on Friday 24 September 2021.  Further information about completing Step 1 of the application process is detailed further below.

If your application meets all of the requirements for assessment entry, you will receive a notification by email from the Pharmaceutical Society NI confirming that you have been approved to sit the assessment.  You will receive this approval notification after the application deadline and before Friday 12 October 2021.

 At that stage, we will provide further information in your approval notification about what you need to do to complete Step 2 of the application process (Pearson VUE assessment booking process) including information about how to set up a Pearson VUE account, information about the availability of assessment centres and how to select an assessment venue.

Eligibility criteria for entry to the November 2021 Common Registration Assessment
To be eligible to sit the registration assessment, you must have successfully completed 45 weeks of our pre-registration programme (or be in your 45th week of training), having obtained a satisfactory 39-week appraisal.  Further information about eligibility requirements to sit the Common Registration Assessment for NI candidates are available at this link.

Must I sit the Registration Assessment in November?

No-one is compelled to sit this or any specific assessment.  You should only sit the Registration Assessment when you are fully prepared and fit to do so.  You must, however, first-sit the Registration Assessment within 18 months of completing your pre-registration training.


Applying to sit the Common Registration Assessment:

STEP 1: Completing the application to sit the Registration Assessment

Before applying, candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the information and documents available on the GPhC website including the registration assessment regulations and registration assessment specifications.

Candidates should follow the process outlined below:

  • Go to the Events Section on our website and select ‘Common Registration Assessment 16 November 2021’ then select ‘Register’, complete the details and pay the application fee.
  • Complete and submit the Common Registration Assessment Application Form (fillable PDF form)* and email it to

It is your responsibility to ensure that the personal details provided in the application form are correct and up to date as these are the details that will be sent to Pearson VUE.

The above process must be completed by the deadline of 5pm on Friday 24 September 2021.

*Candidates should note that the fillable PDF form must be opened in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to allow completion and requires electronic handwritten signatures.  Instructions on how to sign the document can be found here: How to create a signature.

Before completing the assessment application form, candidates should refer to information below about to how to verify your identity when you sit the assessment.


 If you are not currently living in the UK

Please make sure your postal address on the application form is up to date and shows your current location.  Due to the disruption caused by the pandemic, for this sitting the GPhC will contact those with a non- UK address via email by Tuesday 5 October 2021, to give you more details about the options for sitting the assessment.

Find out more information about sitting the assessment if you are not currently living in the UK and sitting the assessment remotely

Applying for a reasonable adjustment

If you have missed the deadline to make a request for a reasonable adjustment you must make a decision whether you are fit to sit and want to apply for the assessment without these adjustments in place.

If you have submitted a reasonable adjustment request, the GPhC will tell you the outcome of your request by Friday 15 October 2021.  The email from the GPhC will be sent from the following email address:

Find out more about reasonable adjustments

Deciding not to sit the assessment after you have applied

If you submit an application to sit the registration assessment and then decide that you do not want to sit, you must officially withdraw from the sitting by submitting a Notification of Withdrawal Form.  If you do not, the sitting will count as one of your assessment attempts, and you may not receive a refund of your assessment fee.

If you book a test centre appointment on the Pearson VUE booking system, you also will need to cancel your booking on their site too.

You can find more information about withdrawing from a sitting on the dedicated sitting web page.

Checks on the day of the assessment

You will need to verify your identity when you sit the assessment, by presenting a valid form of photo identification listed in the Pearson VUE ID policy.  These are the only forms of photo identification Pearson VUE will accept on the day.

Important: your identity document must be valid on the day of the assessment, or you may not be able to sit the assessment.  If you do not have any of the listed forms of ID, please contact us as soon as possible at

Your name will be verified as part of the identity check at the assessment.

The name we hold on our records (you can check this via the ‘Search the Register’ facility on our website), the one on your application form, and the one on your photo identification must all match.  If they do not, you must let us know as soon as possible by email at

More information

Further information about the fit to sit policy for the assessment including processes for nullification of a sitting attempt, withdrawal from the assessment and processes of appeal are available on the GPhC website and assessment regulations.

We will provide additional information about the assessment including FAQs as soon as possible.  If you have any queries regarding this email, please take a look at the dedicated sitting web page.  If you aren’t able to find an answer, you can contact us at

Preparing to sit the assessment

Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the supporting information on the GPhC website about preparing to sit the assessment where you can access  information and tutorials including information about how to complete the computer-based assessment along with sample questions for part 1 and part 2 of the assessment.