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Structured Practical Training Program

The Structured Practical Training Program ensures that pharmacy technician applicants develop the competencies they need to practice as pharmacy technicians in Manitoba.

The pharmacy technician Structured Practical Training (SPT) program is part of the application process to become listed as a pharmacy technician with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba. The SPT program ensures that pharmacy technician applicants meet the competencies and standards of practice outlined in the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Professional Competencies of Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

The pharmacy technician SPT program allows applicants to apply and enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities under the supervision of an approved supervisor. The program is completed by the pharmacy technician-in-training over a minimum of 240 hours (six weeks) of work in a patient-care setting. During this time, the pharmacy technician-in-training must satisfactorily demonstrate the competencies and will receive a detailed evaluation from their supervisor after 120 hours of work (Part I) and again after 240 hours of work (Part II). The SPT Program is a mandatory part of becoming a pharmacy technician in Manitoba and the practice site and supervisor must be approved by the College before applicants can begin.

See the Structured Practical Training Program Manual and Logbook for more details.

For more information about becoming a listed pharmacy technician with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba, please review the steps for listing.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the FAQ on the SPT program below. If you have any additional questions, please email the College at info@cphm.ca with the subject line: Pharmacy Technician SPT.

When can I begin the SPT Program

You must complete the following requirements before you can begin your SPT:

  1. Submit a Pharmacy Technician-in-Training Application form and receive approval from the College
  2. Find a qualified SPT supervisor and practice site
  3. Submit a Pharmacy Technician Structured Practical Training Notification and receive approval from the College. The SPT Training Notification form will be available in your online portal once you are approved as a pharmacy technician-in-training.

For more information on this steps, please see the Structured Practical Training Program Manual

How long will my SPT Program take to complete?

The SPT program is completed by the pharmacy technician-in-training over a minimum of 240 hours (six weeks) of work in a patient-care setting; however, it can be extended to a maximum of six months.

What requirements does my SPT program site need to meet?

The practice site must be a licensed community pharmacy or hospital pharmacy where staff are engaged in patient care and where all requirements of the SPT program can be effectively completed. Activities and services conducted at the practice site must include dispensing, compounding, and product preparation. Your primary supervisor or pharmacist delegate must be present at the SPT site during all of your SPT program activities.

What requirements does my SPT supervisor need to meet?

An SPT supervisor can be either a listed pharmacy technician or a licensed pharmacist with the College who meets appropriate qualifications.

Pharmacy technician supervisors must meet ONE of the following qualifications:

  • Pharmacy technicians who graduated from a Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) accredited course and has been listed with the College for at least two years; OR
  • Pharmacy technicians who completed their accreditation through the National PharmacyTechnician Bridging Program and Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) evaluations and has been with the College for at least one year; OR
  • Be approved by the College Registrar.

Supervisors must meet ALL of the following qualifications:

  • Possession of a licence (pharmacist) or listing (pharmacy technician) free from practice conditions;
  • Capability to review the pharmacy technician-in-training’s assignments for accuracy and completeness; AND
  • Be free from conflict of interest with regard to the pharmacy technician-in-training.

What is a conflict of interest?

A conflict of interest is any real or perceived relationship that jeopardizes fairness or objectivity. Relationships with family members, close friends, or business partners can be cause for a conflict of interest. Your SPT supervisor and practice site must be free from these relationships, or such a relationship needs to be declared to the College Registrar and considered for approval. Conflict of interest considerations extend to ALL staff at an SPT practice site.

How will my SPT program be evaluated?

During your SPT, you must demonstrate all competencies outlined in the SPT Manual and the SPT evaluation forms contained in the SPT Submission Forms package. Formally, you will receive two evaluations from your supervisor:

  1. Part I Evaluation at the half-way point of your SPT (120 hours)
  2. Part II Evaluation at the end of your SPT (240 hours)

After you review each of these documents with your supervisor, you must submit them to the College within seven days of completing that portion of your SPT.

When do I need to take the College Jurisprudence Examination?

You must successfully complete the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Pharmacy Technician Jurisprudence Examination (JP Exam) prior to the completion of the first 120 hour block of the SPT Program. As a pharmacy technician-in-training, you cannot complete any of the remaining 120 hours of the SPT program until you have successfully passed the JP Exam. Your supervisor must see evidence that you have successfully completed the JP Exam by reviewing the confirmation letter emailed to you by the College.

Can I work more that 40 hours per week to complete my SPT program more quickly?

No. A pharmacy technician-in-training cannot work more than 40 hours per week at their supervising pharmacy.

What is the Demonstration of Product Release Proficiency?

Demonstration of Product Release Proficiency (DPRP) is a pharmacy technician-in-training demonstration of 200 consecutive technical checks of product preparation or prescription fills with one hundred per cent accuracy. The items that you check must be done using an independent double check. An independent double check means that a second qualified individual verifies the product preparation or prescription fill.

You can start your DPRP at any time during your SPT, but your supervisor must be confident in your ability to perform the checks. You can complete a maximum of 50 checks per day. If you make an error, you must begin the process again regardless of how many checks you performed before making the error. For example, if you make a mistake on your 199th check, you must begin again.

Pharmacy Technician Scope of Practice

The pharmacy technician scope of practice focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the technical aspects of prescription and patient information, and of product and drug distribution.

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Annual Listing Renewal

Pharmacy technicians must renew their listing with the College annually to demonstrate that they remain competent and have met the renewal requirements to practice in Manitoba.

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