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Registration Examination 2020

The Registration Examination is held normally in June and October of each training year. A pass in this examination is a pre-requisite for registration. Trainees must have completed at least 45 weeks pre-registration training in an accredited pharmacy registered in Northern Ireland to be eligible to sit this examination.

The 2020 Registration Examinations have been postponed and will now take place Tuesday 11 August 2020 – further details to follow.

Please refer to Pharmaceutical Society NI/GPhC joint statement 

Registration Examination FAQ's
Must I sit the examination in August?

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No-one is compelled to sit this or any specific examination.  You should only sit the Registration Examination when you are fully prepared to do so.  You must, however, first-sit the Registration Examination within 18 months of achieving your MPharm. From June 2021, the examination will change to a common assessment run jointly with the GPhC.

What if I am concerned about my health and safety?

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No-one is compelled to sit this or any specific examination and you should only do so if you are fit and well enough.  If you are in any doubt, you should consult with your physician.  You must, however, first-sit the Registration Examination within 18 months of achieving your MPharm.

What are the eligibility requirements for entry to the Registration Examination?

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You must have successfully completed 45 weeks of our pre-registration programme as the sole pupil of a tutor, having obtained a satisfactory 39-week appraisal.

How do I register?

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Visit www.psni.org.uk/events/ and you will see a choice of venues.  Choose your preferred venue and follow the payment instructions

What if my preferred venue is not available?

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Due to restrictions around social distancing caused by government restrictions, each venue has limited capacity.  If your venue is no longer available, you should choose the next most favourable venue.

What if I have already submitted and examination entry form?

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As staff are working remotely.  We do not have access to these and you must, therefore, complete the updated Registration Examination Entry Form.

What if I have already paid the examination entry fee?

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Please complete the updated Registration Examination Entry Form and email this to pre-registration@psni.org.uk indicating your preferred venue

What is the format of the Registration Examination?

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The format of the examination is the same as that planned for June.  Information about the format of the examination is available via this link .

What reference sources am I allowed to bring to the Open Book examination?

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Due to social distancing restrictions, we are limiting possessions to be brought to the venue to essential permitted reference sources and approved calculator for the Open Book examination, drinks (labels must be removed from bottles) and food for the breaks and materials needed to complete the examination.  You should bring a single small bag or backpack which must be stored in front of your desk at all times and not accessed during the examinations.  No mobile phones, tablets or other communication equipment may be brought to the venue and you are not permitted to wear a smart watch.  Possession of these devices may lead to disqualification from the examination.  You must only take into the exam desk pens, pencils and equipment necessary for completion of the exam and place this equipment in a clear plastic bag or clear pencil case.  For the Open Book paper, you will be required to remove the permitted reference sources from your bag and leave the reference books adjacent to your desk.

Can I bring a mobile?

No mobile phones, smart watches, tablets or other communication equipment may be brought to the venue.  Possession of these devices may lead to disqualification from the examination.  See also “What may I bring to the venue”.

Candidates may want to bring a packed lunch as there may be limited opening of shops adjacent to venues.

Can I wear a smart watch?

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You are not permitted to wear a smart watch in the examination.  Possession of a smart watch may lead to disqualification from the examination.

What about reasonable adjustments for the Registration Examination?

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Candidates requiring reasonable adjustments that have been approved already will be appropriately accommodated.  We will be in contact with those candidates separately.  Social distancing and limitations of venues may restrict our ability to accommodate any further reasonable adjustments.  Please refer to procedures for reasonable adjustments detailed in Chapter 10 of the Pre-registration Training Manual.

When will I get my examination results?

We are aiming to provide all candidates with their results by the end of August. Every effort will be made to achieve this target.  We are, however, dependent upon external agencies with whom we are working closely.  We will provide results as soon as they are available.

How will I get my results?

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Examination results will be sent to candidates via their registered email address.

Do I need to bring PPE to the examination?

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Hand sanitiser stations will be available at entry and exits points and throughout the examination venue and will be accessible to candidates.  Protective masks will be provided to candidates and invigilation teams on the day of the examination.

Will the examination venue operate in line with social distancing requirements?

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Arrangements for social distancing will be strictly observed across all examination venues with candidates sitting at tables 2 metres apart and clear signage about social distancing will be visible at entry and exit point.  A clear seating plan will be provided to candidates in advance so that they can locate their allocated seat and table.  PPE will be worn by staff and invigilation teams at reception areas and during the examination.  Enhanced cleaning procedures are in place to ensure that frequently touched surfaces are cleaned before the examination starts, during the examination interval and at the end.

Will there be an examination in October?

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The October examination was introduced to facilitate those starting their pre-registration training too late to sit the June examination, due to not passing their MPharm at the first attempt.

Because the first examination will run on 11 August 2020, the October examination is not necessary as this group will be accommodated in that examination.

We have commenced development of a second examination for later in 2020, details including dates and venues will be released when development is complete.

Will I be able to remain on my training site after the new intake of pre-registration trainees arrive?

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You need to agree this with your employer – you must normally complete a total of 52 weeks training as the sole pupil of a tutor to qualify for registration, after successfully completing the registration examination. Once you have completed 52 weeks satisfactorily you no longer need to be the sole pupil, but your activities will require the same level of supervision as at present, from a pharmacist

Will funding be available for any extension to training beyond 52 weeks?

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Our statement says The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer has advised that the Department will ensure pre-registration funding is available until the registration date in August, allowing trainees to remain in post with the agreement of their employer.

I am a tutor, can I have more than one trainee?

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You may only be the registered tutor of one pre-registration trainee, and they must complete 52 weeks training as your sole pupil. In the exceptional circumstances this year, causing delay to the registration examination, you may become the tutor of an incoming pre-registration student provided an existing trainee for whom you are tutor has successfully completed 52 weeks of training.

Examination Results

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We are aiming to provide all candidates with their results by the end of August. Every effort will be made to achieve this target.  We are, however, dependent upon external agencies with whom we are working closely.  We will provide results as soon as they are available

Registration Examination results will be send to candidates via there registered email address.

Further advice about what to do if you do not pass the examination is available using this link.

Examination Rules and Instructions Examination Procedures

Further information is provided in Chapter 10 the Pre-registration Trainee Manual

Examination Syllabus Reference Sources for the Open Book Examination 2020

PLEASE NOTE:

The following references sources are required the Open Book Examination 2020:

Permitted Reference Sources 2020 – Important information (updated 02 December 2019)

British National Formulary, 78th edition (September 2019 edition)
BNF for children 2019-20
Drug Tariff (Northern Ireland) April 2020 edition
The Code
Professional standards and guidance for advertising medicines and professional services
Professional standards and Guidance for Internet Pharmacy Services
Professional standards and guidance for patient confidentiality
Professional Standards and Guidance on Patient Consent
Standards and Guidance for Pharmacist Prescribing 
Professional standards and guidance for the sale and supply of medicines
Professional standards and guidance on the Responsible Pharmacist Regulations
Guidance on Raising Concerns

Calculators with simple calculation facilities can only be used, for an example click here.  Use of calculators on mobile phones, smart phones or other similar devices is not permitted.

Candidate’s are responsible for bringing in the correct resources and ensuring that they are permitted and complete. They will not be provided.

Guidance on Annotating Reference Sources for the Registration Examination

Examination Entry Form

Further information about how to apply to sit the 2020 Registration Examination will be provided in due course.

The fee for the Registration Examination 2020 is £174.

If paying by debit card please complete a Debit Card Payment Form

We do not accept Cash.

What to do if you fail the Examination