Professional DevelopmentAs valuable health professionals, pharmacists are accountable to the patients they care for by ensuring their knowledge and skills are kept up-to-date and they remain competent to practice. One of the ways that pharmacists, like other professionals, ensure their competence to practice is by being involved in continuous professional development (CPD).
- Learning Portfolio Requirements
- Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
- Previously Recorded PD Programs
- Web-based PD Programs
- Pharmacy Technician PD Programs
- Program Accreditation
- Learning Resources
- College Library
PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PD PROGRAMS
Pharmacy Technician Live PD Programs
Pharmacy technicians can complete learning activities accredited for pharmacists and claim it as accredited learning, but must always be mindful of their scope of practice. However, please note that pharmacists cannot claim learning activities accredited for pharmacy technicians as accredited. For more information on pharmacy technicians, please visit the Pharmacy Technicians page of the website.
Pharmacy Technician - Continuous Professional Development Resources
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
Canadian Pharmacy Technician’s Letter is a newsletter published by TRC (Therapeutic Research Center) that features a variety of articles related to technicians in pharmacy practice. Additionally, the site offers a continuous education programs and trainings; a yearly subscription to access this service costs $77.
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.
College of Pharmacists of Manitoba
Some previously recorded programs are accredited for pharmacy technicians. Please see the Previously Recorded PD Programs page for more information.
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.
Pear Healthcare Solutions Inc.
Pear Healthcare Solutions Inc. creates and hosts a number of accredited continuing education programs through their Health eLearning platform.
rxBriefcase is a free online continuing education organization that offers CCCEP accredited programs in two official languages.
TechTalk CE is a national bilingual continuing education correspondence program for pharmacy technicians. Their programs are accredited by CCCEP.
PharmacyTechCE.org is a subscription-based continuing education service hosted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Their content is designed specifically to meet educational the needs of pharmacy technicians. A yearly subscription is $60.
Power-Pak C.E. is an online pay-per-course continuing education platform hosted by Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC. The cost per course is about $4 US.
Drug Store News Continuing Education
Drug Store News is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
as a provider of continuing pharmacy education and transmits all successful course credits to CPE Monitor Service (see explanation below). A pharmacy technician subscription to Drug Store News is $35.
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 United States, and obtain CEU certificates for submission to their Canadian provincial pharmacy regulatory body as required.
The ACPE is, in part, the US equivalent to the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP). CPE Monitor™ was developed by ACPE and NABP as an electronic system of CPE reporting and tracking for American pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Canadian pharmacy professionals will also be required to use this online system in order to print off certificates of completion for educational programs from ACPE-accredited providers
As a first step, Canadian pharmacy professionals need to create an NABP e-profile where you can access CPE Monitor™. To create an NABP e-profile, a pharmacist or pharmacy technician not licensed in the US will need to complete the Non-United States Pharmacist Waiver Form as part of their profile.
The CPE Monitor™ system will direct electronic data from ACPE-accredited providers to ACPE and then to NABP, ensuring that CPE credit is officially verified by the providers. Once NABP receives this information, pharmacist and pharmacy technicians can log in to their NABP profile to access information about their CPE activities.
Printed copies of the certificates generated by CPE Monitor™ will serve as your record of professional development (PD) activities should the College request information from you during a PD Audit or other information request.