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Professional Development for Pharmacists

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.

Requirements

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

A minimum of 15 of the 25 hours must be from accredited learning activities (i.e., programs totaling 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.

Pharmacists must maintain a three-year record of their learning activities by

  • entering each accredited and non-accredited learning activity in their online PD profile; and
  • retaining supporting documents or evidence as proof of completing every learning activity claimed in their PD profile. Supporting documents could include certificates of completion,  statements of participationor other documentation. 

If a pharmacist participates 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, they will earn a Commitment to Professional Development Certificate for that year.

Learning Portfolio Review

The Annual Learning Portfolio Review ensures that pharmacists have participated in continuing professional development (CPD) throughout the licensing year to maintain competence to practice. Each year, the College randomly selects approximately 20 per cent of licensed pharmacists to participate in the review.

Recognized Accrediting Bodies

The College recognizes learning that has been accredited or provided by the following organizations:

  • The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM)
  • The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • The American Medical Association (AMA)
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (MOCOMP)
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada (Mainpro)
  • Canadian University that provides continuing professional development/courses relevant to pharmacy practice

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.

Accredited Learning Activities

All practicing pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Manitoba must maintain a log that documents their professional development activities. Access learning opportunities and familiarize yourself with this licensing requirement.

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Preceptorship

Pharmacists who act as preceptors for pharmacy students, residents, interns, and technicians not only gain professional satisfaction, but can also use their participation as an accredited learning activity.

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