Membership FAQs

How do I join?

New and re-joining members (those whose membership has lapsed for a period of 12 months or more), should download and complete the Membership Application form.

For further information on our membership options, please see our membership options page. 

When do I need to renew my membership?

The membership year for the Society runs from 1 January each year. Members are sent renewal reminders from November each year.

How can I renew my membership?

You can renew your membership from November to January, online through the renewal portal. After this date, the online membership application form must be submitted to re-join.

How can I pay for membership?

Renewing members pay online through the renewal portal either by credit card, or account-to-account. 

Rejoining members need to complete the online application form and pay via credit card.

Can I pay monthly?

Yes. Paying by monthly direct debit is available for signup until March of each new membership year.

I currently pay my fees monthly; how do I renew?

If you are already paying by monthly direct debit, you do not need to do anything to renew your membership. Your payments will carry through into the next membership period automatically and your membership will activate when the first instalment of the year is receipted.

How do I upgrade my membership from Intern to Pharmacist?

To upgrade your membership, complete the online application form. Special rates are available for Early Career Pharmacists.

Can my employer pay for my membership?

This decision rests with your employer. To facilitate this, the Society offers renewing members a "My employer will pay" option to be selected at the renewals console. This notifies the Key Contact at your pharmacy, who can then approve the request and arrange payment.

Please ensure that we have you linked to the correct employer before using this option. If your details are incorrect, please contact us at

New and re-joining members must complete the application form and identify their current employer to facilitate this option. 

How can I pay for my employees' memberships?

If your staff are renewing members, they can request "Employer will pay" at the renewal console. A "Key Person" with authority to approve/pay for staff memberships needs to be set at each Pharmacy. Please contact us to ensure you are set up correctly to use this function. 

For full instructions on how to action these requests click here.

If I join partway through the year, do I still pay full price?

Our membership period runs from 1 January - 31 December. We do not offer pro-rata rates. A second membership period opens 1 July - 31 December.

How long does membership take to process?

For renewing members, your membership will activate as soon as your payment is processed through the portal. If you are a new member, are re-joining, or upgrading your membership type from intern to pharmacist, your membership will be granted upon receipt of your membership fee. We aim to process all new and re-joining membership applications within 1-3 business days during peak periods.

Can I upgrade my membership category from Limited to Full if I return to practice?

Yes, simply contact us a to arrange this. You will need to pay the difference in fee between the two categories before the upgrade will be finalised.

Where can I access my payment information?

You'll find your transaction history on your personal Dashboard, under Account. From here you can download your invoices and receipts.

Can I use the letters MPS after my name?

Practicing pharmacists who hold a current APC may use the MPS post-nominal.

Does membership allow me to practice as a pharmacist in New Zealand?

No. Pharmacist registration is with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand. Please contact them directly for further information on how to register as a pharmacist in New Zealand.

I don't live in New Zealand, can I join?

We offer Limited Membership to those who are overseas, retired or non-practising. You can check the member benefits for this category here.

I am entering the Intern Training Programme, do I need to apply for membership separately?

No, you will be granted membership as part of your enrolment into the Intern Training Programme.