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The Competency Assessment/Examination is an evaluation of your knowledge and understanding of topics that form the core knowledge required by a newly registered pharmacist for effective professional pharmacy practice.  The results of this assessment/examination will be taken into consideration by the training centres in the overall evaluation of the candidate for completion of pre-registration training. This assessment/examination is to be taken by both local and foreign trained pre-registration pharmacists.

With effect from 1 September 2018, please note that there will be a revision to the format and syllabus of the Competency Assessment/Examination.

  1. Assessment/Examination Paper Format:   
    1. There will be a total of 100 questions and 40 questions (increased from 28 questions) will be case-based.
    2. The time allocated is 2 hours (increased from 1 hour 55 minutes).


  2. Revision to Assessment/Examination Syllabus:
  1. The weightage for questions are approximately: 85% Pharmaceutical Care and 15% Pharmacy Ethics, Pharmacy Systems and Procedures. (no change)
  2. Topics “Allergic Rhinitis” (previously under Respiratory) and “Eczema” (previously under Dermatological) are re-categorised under “Allergy Management”.
  3. Three new topics are added to Pharmaceutical Care section (core topics in brackets):
  1. “Dementia” (Mental Health),
  2. “Erectile Dysfunction” (Men & Women’s Health); and
  3. “Meningitis” (Infectious Diseases).

For more information, please refer to:

Guide to Competency Assessment Exam 2018

Last updated: 01 Aug 2018 15:07