Pharmacy graduates need to complete satisfactorily a one-year period of pre-registration training in a pharmacy. This training involves achieving and demonstrating a variety of competencies which are essential to the practice of pharmacy, e.g. dispensing medicines ordered on prescription or advising patients. At the end of the pre-registration year, students have to pass a multiple-choice question registration examination, to ensure they have sufficient relevant knowledge underpinning and complementing their practical competencies. Only then can they register and practice as a pharmacist.