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Continuing Competency

As health care providers, pharmacy professionals are accountable to the patients they care for by ensuring their knowledge and skills are up-to-date and they remain competent to practice.

Continuing Competency for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

Requirements for Pharmacists

To be eligible for licence renewal, pharmacists must participate in a minimum of 25 hours of professional development learning activities annually between November 1st and October 31st.

A minimum of 15 of the 25 hours must be from accredited learning activities (i.e., programs totalling 15 accredited continuing education units(CEUs)). The remaining 10 hours of participation can be either accredited or non-accredited learning activities.

Extended Practice Pharmacists must apply at least 15 hours of their professional development to programs that relate to their speciality.

If you participate in a minimum of 50 hours of professional development activities within a year, of which a minimum of 30 hours are from accredited learning activities, you will earn a Commitment to Professional Development Certificate for that year.

Requirements for Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy technicians are required to participate in a minimum of 15 hours of professional development learning activities between June 1st to May 31st of each year.

A minimum of 5 of the 15 hours must be from accredited learning activities (i.e. programs totalling 5 accredited continuing education units (CEUs)). The remaining 10 hours of participation can be either accredited or non-accredited learning activities.

The pharmacy manager or delegate at your place of employment must confirm that you have met your annual professional development requirements at a minimum of once every two years.

 

Program Accreditation

The College will consider independent study and research as part of professional development learning activities. Please see the Professional Development Independent Study Accreditation Package for more direction on the eligible types of learning and their requirements.

CPR and First Aid Course

You can record a maximum of 12 CEUs in a three consecutive-year period from accredited programs in first aid and/or CPR. For a list of approved CPR and First Aid courses, please see the Government of Manitoba’s Workplace Safety and Health Approved Training Providers.

To receive accreditation for live CPR/first aid training, please complete the CPR and First Aid Courses Statement of Participation. Attach a copy of the CPR/first-aid certificate you receive from the accredited provider to the Statement of Participation for your records.

Please note the following:

  • Licensed pharmacists must keep a copy of their CPR certificate (issued by the CPR/First Aid provider) in case they are chosen for the annual Professional Development review.
  • The statement of participation can only be used for live CPR/First Aid Programs from an accredited provider.
  • Pharmacists may only claim CEU for the actual number of hours attended excluding breaks.

Continuing Professional Development Self-Assessment Tool

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Self-Assessment Tool enables pharmacists to engage in reflective learning to improve confidence in their professional practice. The CPD Self-Assessment Tool is based on the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Model Standards of Practice for Canadian Pharmacists and the CPD cycle of learning philosophy. Please see the CPD and the Learning Cycle video for more information and resources to support self-reflective learning in your career.

Preceptorship

Pharmacists who act as preceptors for pharmacy students, residents, interns, and technicians can use their participation as an accredited learning activity.

Simply document the significant learning experiences that you gained through the preceptorship in your online College Learning Portfolio along with the contact time associated with that learning.  For example, if a pharmacy student gave a case presentation and in preparation, you reviewed recent literature on the subject, that research time can count as an accredited learning activity. In this case, you would include the following in your Professional Development Log:

  • Identify the learning  activity as part of a College-accredited preceptorship
  • Note the College accreditation file number
  • Reference the individual articles you reviewed
  • Note the time it took to review the articles
  • Identify the key ideas, thoughts, or learning points gained through the experience

Upon completion of the preceptorship, you may calculate the total number of CEUs you obtained through your participation to include on your accreditation certificate. Involvement in one contact hour of an accredited learning activity is equivalent to one CEU. Keep the accreditation certificate in your Learning Portfolio as a record.

Preceptorship Statements of Participation

Use the following links to print the Statement of Participation relevant to your preceptorship to include in your Learning Portfolio. Each statement includes preceptorship-specific CEU file accreditation numbers:

Become a Pharmacy Student Preceptor

Find out how to become a pharmacy preceptor by contacting the University of Manitoba College of Pharmacy Office of Experiential Education: oee@umanitoba.ca

Recorded PD programs

Pharmacy professionals can access a variety of free accredited professional development (PD) programs recorded in front of a live audience at the Samuel Cohen Auditorium at the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre (SBRC).

We evaluate each recorded PD program on an annual basis to ensure they remain relevant and accurate.

Claiming Continuing Education Credits for Recorded PD Programs
You can claim CEUs for the recorded PD programs by completing a program evaluation form and submitting it using the instructions on the form.

Upon receiving your evaluation form, we will email a CEU certificate to you. The number of CEUs you can claim for each recorded PD program is listed with the program descriptions below.

Please note: Reviewing the supporting handouts or slides for the recorded sessions on their own is not an accredited learning activity.

Special General Meeting

Recorded on: February 12, 2018

Expiry: February 29, 2021
Accreditation: College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Accredited for 2.0 CEU
File number: 18003M

On Monday, February 12, 2018, the College held a Special General Meeting (SGM) to update the membership on Council and College initiatives.

Program Resources:

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Materials

Program Slides

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Special General Meeting

Recorded on: June 19, 2017

Expiry: June 30, 2020
Accreditation:
College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Accredited for 2.0 CEU
File number:
17033M

On Monday, June 19, 2017, the College held a Special General Meeting (SGM) to discuss developments since the last Annual General Meeting.

Program Resources:

Meeting Package

Program Slides

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Fundamentals of Self-Limiting Conditions Prescribing for Manitoba Pharmacists

Recorded on: June 1, 2020

Expiry: January 31, 2021
Accreditation:
College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Accredited for 1.0 CEU
File number:
15001MP

Program Resources:

Fundamentals of Self-Limiting Conditions Prescribing for Manitoba Pharmacists

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From the Script to the Medical Examiner: Resources for Pharmacy Intervention

Recorded on: October 10, 2019

Expiry: Oct. 31, 2021
Accreditation:
College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Accredited for 2.0 CEU
File Number:
19018M

Program Resources:
From the Script to the Medical Examiner: Resources for Pharmacist Intervention

Polypharmacy and Other Risky Business

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A Safer Future: Preparing your Pharmacy for Safety IQ

Recorded on: September 26, 2019

Expiry: Oct. 31, 2021
Accreditation:
College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Accredited for 2.0 CEU
File Number:
19015M

Program Resources:

Safety IQ Introduction

How Pharmacists can Learn from Elite Athletes and Their Use of Analytics

Team Approach to Disclosure

Community Pharmacy Safety Culture Toolkit

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Culture Shift 101: Safety and Just Culture in Community Pharmacy

The Opioid Spectrum: Promoting Health and Preventing Harm

Recorded on: May 8, 2017

Expiry: May 31, 2020
Accreditation:
College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Accredited for 2.0 CEU
File number:
17025M

Program Resources:

Opioids Agonist Treatment in Manitoba

Opiate Replacement Resources

Naloxone – What Pharmacists Need to Know

The Opioid Spectrum: Promoting Health and Preventing Harm

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Hot! Privacy Issues - Handle with Care

Recorded on: March 2, 2016

Expiry: Oct. 31, 2021
Accreditation: College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Accredited for 2.0 CEU
File number: 16014M

Program Resources:

HOT! Privacy Issues slide presentation

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Pharmacy Management Leadership and Legal Responsibilities

Recorded on: January 20, 2016

This program is no longer accredited for continuing education units, but is a valuable resource to pharmacists and pharmacies.

File number: 16002M

Program Resources:

Pharmacy Management Requirements

Pharmacy Site Quality Assurance

Pharmacy Management Leadership & Legal Responsibilities

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Prescribing Exempted Codeine Products

Recorded on: January 14, 2016

Expiry: March 31, 2021
Accreditation:
College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Accredited for 2.0 CEU
File number:
16001M

Program Resources:

Exempted Codeine Products: Perceptions, Principles, & Optimizing Practice

Exempted Codeine Preparations: Prescribing for Manitoba Pharmacists

Exempted Codeine Prescription by a Pharmacist template (Please note this document has not been approved by College Council)

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Online PD programs

Several websites provide accredited programs online. These programs will help advance your practice.

Self-Limiting Conditions Independent Study Program for Manitoba Pharmacists

This program is not available online currently. If you would like to pursue this independent study please contact Hazel Suh at 204-233-1411 at the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba for more information. The cost to complete each module is $50 plus GST.

Manitoba Module: Ordering Laboratory Tests

This program is not available online currently. If you would like to pursue this independent study please contact Hazel Suh at 204-233-1411 at the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba for more information. The cost to complete each module is $50 plus GST.

Manitoba Module: Administration of Injections

This training is a requirement for all pharmacists applying for injection authority in Manitoba.

Please complete and submit this registration form for access to the module.

Pharmacy technician PD programs

Pharmacy technicians can complete and claim learning activities accredited for pharmacists, but must be mindful of their scope of practice. Note that pharmacists cannot claim learning activities accredited for pharmacy technicians.

Many of the resources listed below offer professional development opportunities specifically to support pharmacy technicians in their competency.

Canadian Healthcare Network

Canadian Health Network (CHN) hosts a collection of healthcare publications for a variety of healthcare professions. CHN is the online home of pharmacy practice+, TECHtalk newsletter, TECHtalk CE and eCortex.

Canadian Pharmacy Technician’s Letter

The Therapeutic Research Center publishes this newsletter, which features a variety of articles related to technicians in pharmacy practice. Additionally, the site offers continuous education programs and trainings.

Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy

The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) is a national organization that accredits continuing pharmacy education programs. The CCCEP website features a search engine for pharmacy professionals to find accredited educations programs across Canada.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada

The Institute for Safe Medication Practice Canada (ISMP Canada) is an independent national not-for-profit organization committed to the advancement of medication safety in all healthcare settings. ISMP Canada provides registrants with ISMP Canada Safety Bulletins and Alerts as well as online learning.

Pear Healthcare Solutions Inc.

Pear Healthcare Solutions Inc. creates and hosts a number of accredited continuing education programs through its Health eLearning platform.

rxBriefcase

rxBriefcase is a free online continuing education organization that offers CCCEP accredited programs in two official languages.

PharmacyTechCE.org

PharmacyTechCE.org is a subscription-based continuing education service for pharmacy technicians hosted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Other Canadian learning resources

These websites continually update with new PD programs to help pharmacy professionals nationally and internationally advance their practice.

Advancing Practice

Advancing Practice is part of the mdBriefCase Inc. group of websites, all of which offer education to healthcare professionals. mdBriefCase Inc. offers CHE programs through the following sites:

www.mdBriefCase.com

www.rxBriefCase.com

www.AdvancingIn.com 

Canadian Council on Continuing Education

The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) is a national organization that accredits continuing pharmacy education programs. The CCCEP website features a search engine for pharmacy professionals to find accredited education programs across Canada.

Canadian Health Network

Canadian Health Network (CHN) hosts a collection of healthcare publications for a variety of healthcare professions. CHN is the online home of pharmacy practice+and eCortex.

Canadian Pharmacists Association

The Canadian Pharmacists Association provides hundreds of CCCEP-accredited online programs in various health fields in addition to a yearly learning series.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) is an independent national not-for-profit organization committed to the advancement of medication safety in all healthcare settings. ISMP Canada provides registrants with ISMP Canada Safety Bulletins and Alerts as well as online learning opportunities.

Pear Healthcare Solutions

Pear Healthcare Solutions offers the following:

  • Education programs to assist pharmacists in providing exceptional patient care and advancing their professional practice
  • A proprietary, online education platform
  • A variety of continuing education courses (e.g., mental health, injection training, immunization, diabetes, etc.)
  • Comprehensive preparation programs to help pharmacists successfully challenge certification examinations (including CDE, BCGP, CRE, CTH and CTE)

Other American (US) learning resources

These websites continually update with new PD programs to help pharmacy professionals nationally and internationally advance their practice.

CPE Monitor™

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) have created a new reporting system for continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits called CPE Monitor™ . The changes will affect how Canadian pharmacists report and track professional development activities that are based in the US.

The ACPE is the US equivalent to the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP).

Printed copies of the certificates generated by CPE Monitor™ will serve as your record of professional development activities should we request information from as part of a PD audit or other information request.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

The ACPE is an independent American national agency for the accreditation of professional programs and continuing education for pharmacists. It provides the following:

American College of Clinical Pharmacists

The ACCP is approved by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education and is recognized by the College. Note the following:

  • No registration is required to access learning materials
  • Some programs are free, others have a cost
  • Free website registration is required to complete post-tests
  • Available: PDFs, RealPlayer videos, post-tests

American Pharmacists Association

The American Pharmacists Association provides hundreds of online ACPE accredited CE programs.

American Society of Health System Pharmacists

The ASHP offers ACPE-accredited CE courses to its members and to the public.

Medscape - Pharmacists

Medscape is an online destination for healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, offering the latest medical news and expert perspectives, essential point-of-care drug and disease information, and relevant professional education and CME.

Power-Pak Continuing Education

Jobson Medical Information provides ACPE-accredited CE courses to pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals You can select continuing education programs by profession or topic.