Pre-registration Examination for Pharmacist (PEP 2019) – How To Apply

Is your one year internship program over? – If yes, congratulations. You are a step closer to having a license to practice as a pharmacist in Nigeria. In this post is a step by step procedure on how to register for the Pre-registration Examination for Pharmacist (PEP).

What is PEP examination?

PEP stands for Pre registration examination for Pharmacist who wish to practice in Nigeria including the international graduates. This exam is conducted by the Pharmacy council of Nigeria under the PCN Act, CAP P17 LFN 2004.

The examination was approved on the may 21, 2015 by this body. Since 2015, the exam holds twice every year (March and October). Therefore, young pharmacists have to choose the month that is more convenient for them and also when their Certification of Experience will be ready to apply. Go through the post to get the syllabus and the PEP website for official registration.

Notwithstanding, Each candidate can only sit for this exam at the maximum of four (4) sittings. Any candidate who fails four times shall be required to undergo a refresher program as may be prescribed by PCN before trying the fifth time.

Reasons for Pre-registration Examination for Pharmacist (PEP)

The PEP exam is designed to ascertain the level of knowledge, attitude and skills that interns acquire during their one year internship program.

Therefore, the PEP exam is designed to touch all the areas of pharmacy such as Community, Industrial, Academic, Hospital and Administrative pharmacy.

Hence, its also a way to monitor the standard of internship training centers and monitor the activities of the trainee.

Finally, this exam is designed for licensure, therefore, is the last assessment for all supposed pharmacists who will be practicing. The exam is an avenue to make sure they are fit before dishing them out to practice.

Who is eligible to write PEP?

For you to be eligible and competent to write the pre registration examination for Pharmacist, you must have the following;

  1. Acquisition of a minimum of Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree (B. pharm) or its equivalent from an institution recognized by PCN.
  2. Must have completed the internship training programme for not less than one year under a registered pharmacist in an approved internship training centre.
  3. Have to Obtain the certificate of experience, signed and sealed by the Preceptor.
  4. Applicants trained outside Nigeria and not registered/licensed in the country of training, in addition to the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Orientation Programme (FPGOP), shall undertake the internship training.
  5. The candidate have not sat for the examination for more than 4 times.
  6. If you have obtained the above prerequisite – congratulations, it is time to go for the registration of the exam.

Requirements for PEP registration

  • Duly filled and endorsed form P ( To be endorsed by your internship preceptor).
  • Two recent passport photographs
  • Photocopies of Statement of Result or Degree Certificate
  • Certificate of Experience
  • Certificate of Provisional Registration.
  • Evidence of payment of the prescribed fee.
    Evidence of successful completion of the FPGOP (for international graduates)

PEP registration Form and Syllabus

Before you consider applying to register and write the PEP exam, it is important that you go through the form and the manual. The PEP manual contains all you need to know about the exam, an area for your preceptor endorsement and the PEP syllabus.

You can get the hard copy of this document in any PCN office or you can go ahead and download the soft copy at the PEP website here.

Download PEP Syllabus

How to register for the PEP exam

The process of registration can be done online and involves the following steps below.

PEP exam

  1. Visit the PCN portal for registration. Here is the link for the PEP website PEP registration portal
  2. Generate a remita code and make the necessary payment.
  3. Go back to the site and input your remita RRR and email address.
  4. Fill the Form P and put your choice of examination centre
  5. Upload a recent passport.
  6. Print your examination slip

Note: In addition to online registration, you are to get an examination manual from the PCN office. At the back of the manual is where your preceptor can endorse and provide his/her license number.

Do’s and Don’ts of the examination

  • Make sure you dressed properly to the exam.
  • Be at your examination venue 1 hour before the time. Note: You cannot enter the exam hall after 30 mins of commencement.
  • Bring a photocopy of you endorsed and detached application slip as a proof of identity.
  • Make sure you submit your application form earlier to the PCN zonal office because no exam for you if your name is not on the official list on the day of exam.
  • Try to avoid any form of exam malpractice. Visit the PCN office to see the punishment for each of the offence.
  • Do not forget to write your examination number on your scripts.
  • Finally, always remember to read every examination instruction before commencement.

Examination preparation

The first step to the exam preparation is to make up your mind and determine to study for the examination. Write a time table and make sure you give yourself time for revision before exam.

Secondly, as men of honor, we always join hands. With regards to that, there are many PEP study groups on WhatsApp and Telegram. Ask your classmates or internship mates to give you links to join.

In summary, make sure you read with the syllabus as a guide because, the examination contains 200 multiple questions enacted from the syllabus.

As a reminder, go through past questions and see if you can score above 50% , that is, being able to answer correctly 100 questions.


You can also read our post on

  1. Choosing a career in Pharmacy
  2. How to become a pharmacist in Canada 

Good luck!!! As you embark this journey of professionalism. Feel free to use the comment box if you have a question with regards to the registration process. Or subscribe to our channel to be getting an undiluted  information about pharmacy practice in Nigeria.