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Listing of Pharmacy Technicians

Current Pharmacy Technicians

As of January 1, 2014, the title “pharmacy technician” in Manitoba became restricted to those individuals who have qualified under the new legislation as a pharmacy technician. The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba has created a list of pharmacy technicians. This document will be updated as more technicians become listed.



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Overview of Regulation of Pharmacy Technicians in Manitoba

Introduction

On January 1, 2014, the new Pharmaceutical Act along with its accompanying Pharmaceutical Regulation, came into effect in Manitoba. As of January 1, 2014, in order to practice as a pharmacy technician in Manitoba, you must attain the qualifications listed in the regulations and be listed with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.

A pharmacy technician’s 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. Pharmacy technicians collaborate with pharmacists and other health care providers in providing optimal care to their patients. For more information on pharmacy technician scope of practice, please see Know Your Role: Pharmacy Technician Scope of Practice .

On February 18, 2014, the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba hosted a presentation entitled, Pharmacy Technician Update , to answer questions surrounding pharmacy technician regulation in Manitoba. While updated information can be found on our website, the presentation should be viewed by individuals interested in becoming a pharmacy technician in Manitoba. This informative presentation can be found under Previously Recorded Programs on www.cphm.ca or by clicking the following link: http://sbrc.tv/1/watch/314.aspx

Pathways to Pharmacy Technician Regulation

While all pharmacy technician applicants must meet the same competencies, there are essentially two pathways to registration.

  1. Individuals who are currently employed and qualify through prior work experience in pharmacy; and
  2. Graduates of a CCAPP accredited pharmacy technician program

The process to becoming a pharmacy technician in Manitoba may differ based on the individual’s current qualifications and experience.  Please see the section titled Steps to becoming a Pharmacy Technician in Manitoba for more information as well as the section on Language Proficiency .



 

Steps to becoming a Pharmacy Technician in Manitoba

Step One:

Complete a CCAPP accredited pharmacy technician program OR complete the PEBC Pharmacy Technician Evaluating Examination AND the NAPRA National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program

All candidates (with the exception of those designated as pharmacy technicians by another provincial regulatory authority) must complete one of the following:

OPTION A : Successfully complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Pharmacy Technician Evaluating Examination and successfully complete the NAPRA National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program
OR
OPTION B : Graduate from a Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) approved pharmacy technician program.

OPTION A – PEBC Evaluating Exam & NAPRA National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program

PEBC Evaluating Exam

For candidates pursuing the PEBC Evaluating Exam and Bridging Program route, candidates must ensure they qualify to write the PEBC Pharmacy Technician Evaluating Exam.  The minimum qualification required for admission into the Evaluating Examination for pharmacy technicians is provision of acceptable evidence of completion of a minimum of 2,000 hours of work and/or teaching experience in the past 36 months in the field of pharmacy .  Additional information, including more on the minimum qualifications required for admission into the Evaluating Exam, exam dates, deadlines and locations can be found here: http://www.pebc.ca/index.php/ci_id/3100/la_id/1.htm .

The Pharmacy Technician Evaluating Examination is designed to determine if a candidate has the knowledge and skills comparable to that of a graduate of a program accredited by The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). It evaluates knowledge in all areas of current pharmacy technician education curricula that are accredited by CCAPP. Only once an individual passes the Pharmacy Technician Evaluating Examination will the individual be eligible to apply for the Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Examination. For more information on the PEBC Evaluating Exam, please see the PEBC Pharmacy Technician webpage: http://www.pebc.ca/index.php/ci_id/3375/la_id/1.htm

The deadline for successfully passing the PEBC Pharmacy Technician Evaluating Examination is December 31, 2018 . The College supports this deadline. 

***PEBC Evaluating Exam Date Information***

Manitoba pharmacy assistants have just four opportunities left to pursue status as a pharmacy technician through The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating Exams. The deadline for successfully passing the PEBC Pharmacy Technician Evaluating Examination is December 31, 2018. The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (College) supports this deadline .

The upcoming dates for the PEBC Pharmacy Technician Evaluating Examinations are as follows:

  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 , application deadline is Friday, January 13, 2017 (Winnipeg site available)
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 , application deadline is Friday, June 23, 2017 (Winnipeg site available)
  • Spring 2018 date and location are to be determined 
  • Fall 2018 date and location are to be determined

Applications must be RECEIVED by the PEBC office no later than the application deadline.

Please see the PEBC website for information about the minimum qualifications required for admission into the Evaluating Exam, exam dates, deadlines and locations, application procedures, examination costs, and what to expect during the exam.

Pharmacy assistants who wish to become listed as pharmacy technicians in Manitoba must pass the PEBC Evaluating Examination prior to December 31, 2018.  Pharmacy assistants who do not pass the Evaluating Examination prior to December 31, 2018, will be required to complete a formal education program accredited by The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) if they wish to become pharmacy technicians. Please visit the CCAPP website for more information on accredited pharmacy technician programs. 


NAPRA National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program

The National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program is intended to assist individuals already working in the role of pharmacy technician to upgrade their skills to align with changes in the scope of practice of pharmacy technicians, without returning to school to complete a full-time training program.

Please visit the Bridging Program section of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) website at www.napra.ca/bridgingprogram .

PLEASE NOTE: Pharmacy technician candidates are permitted to complete the PEBC Evaluating Exam and the Bridging Program courses in any order, as long as all requirements are completed.  Applicants must ensure they meet the minimum qualifications required for the PEBC Evaluating Examination for pharmacy technicians (completion of a minimum of 2,000 hours of work and/or teaching experience in the past 36 months in the field of pharmacy ) before beginning the Bridging Program. 

Upon successful completion of the PEBC Evaluating Exam and the NAPRA National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program, a candidate is eligible to apply for pharmacy technician-in-training status with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (as long as the candidate has also met the language proficiency requirements).


OPTION B –  Graduate from a CCAPP accredited program

Candidates qualifying through ‘Option B’ must graduate from an accredited Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) accredited pharmacy technician training program. The following is a link to CCAPP’s website and list of programs that are currently accredited:

http://www.ccapp-accredit.ca/accredited_programs/technician/

Upon graduation from a CCAPP accredited pharmacy technician program, a candidate is eligible to apply for pharmacy technician-in-training status with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.

Please note: As of January 1, 2014, the pharmacy technician-in-training must complete the SPT program and become listed with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba within five years of graduation from a CCAPP accredited pharmacy technician program. If the pharmacy technician-in-training graduated from a CCAPP accredited pharmacy technician program before January 1, 2014, he/she must become listed with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba by January 1, 2019.  


Step Two:

Apply for Pharmacy Technician-in-Training Status with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba*

Once an individual successfully completes the required examinations and/or programs listed in Step One (except people who are already approved to practice in another provincial jurisdiction), they can apply to the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba to become a “pharmacy technician-in-training.”

Applicants must submit an Application for Pharmacy Technician-in-Training with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba including all of the documentation listed on the form. For more information, please refer to the Pharmacy Technician STP Submission Forms package or Manual described in step three.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who have changed their name from what is on their birth certificate must include a notarized copy of the appropriate marriage, divorce, or name change certificate

* A pharmacy technician applicant can complete step five before completing steps 2-4, but all steps to becoming a Pharmacy Technician in Manitoba must be completed regardless of order.


Step Three:

Successfully complete the Pharmacy Technician Structured Training Program*

All pharmacy technician applicants in Manitoba must successfully complete all parts of the Structured Practical Training (SPT) program. The Pharmacy Technician SPT program allows learners to apply previously acquired academic or work knowledge and skills to a practical setting through observation and participation resulting in the development and demonstration of the competencies outlined in the in the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry-to-Practice .

On October 17, 2016, the Council of the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba approved a new Pharmacy Technician SPT program. The new SPT program has been updated to reflect the enhanced enabling competencies listed in the 2014 NAPRA Competencies document such as

  • Patient Care
  • Practice Setting
  • Health Promotion
  • Knowledge and Research Application.

New learning activities have been included to ensure the learner achieves a satisfactory level of ability in these areas. Previously, all learning activities were completed in the first 120 hours and then repeated again in the second 120 hours.  Now, the learner can complete any learning activity within the 240 hour time frame and repeat activities to improve their knowledge and skill. 

The SPT program now includes a manual, logbook and a booklet of submission forms. 

To begin the SPT program, the applicant must

For detailed instructions, including

  • finding a practice site and supervisor
  • fulfilling language proficiency requirements
  • meeting SPT requirements

please review the Pharmacy Technician SPT Manual , Submission Forms Package , and Logbook .

* A pharmacy technician applicant can complete the Jurisprudence Exam (JP) listed in step four before they begin their SPT, but applicants must complete their JP before completing the second part of their SPT. Please see step 4 for more information about the JP.


Step Four:

Successfully complete the College Pharmacy Technician Jurisprudence Exam (JP)

All applicants must take and pass the College Pharmacy Technician Jurisprudence Exam (JP) as part of their SPT program. The SPT is completed by the applicant in two parts and the JP must be completed before the applicant can begin the second half of their program. The applicant’s supervisor must confirm that the pharmacy technician-in-training has successfully completed the JP exam by viewing the confirmation letter emailed by the College to the pharmacy technician-in-training.

Please see the Pharmacy Technician SPT Submission Forms package and Manual for more details.

Preparing for the jurisprudence exam is critical. To prepare for the exam, applicants should be knowledgeable and understand the application of all legislation, practice standards, guidelines and joint statements relevant to the practice of pharmacy in the province of Manitoba. This information is found at the following link: Jurisprudence Exam Study Material .

The Pharmacy Technician Jurisprudence Examination may be written at the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba on available dates, Monday to Friday at either 9:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Appointments to write the exam may be made by contacting Brittany Delaquis, Administrative Assistant, at the College by email at bdelaquis@cphm.ca An individual is provided 3 hours to complete the exam and must receive a minimum of 70% to successfully pass the exam. The exam may consist of multiple choice, true and false and/or long-answer questions.

Those pharmacy technicians who successfully pass the JP Exam may choose to claim their study time as accredited learning towards the professional development requirement. Studying for the Jurisprudence (JP) Exam is accredited for a maximum of 10 CEU (1 hour of study time is equivalent to 1 CEU). Pharmacy Technicians JP Independent Study Statement of Participation .



Step Five:

Complete the PEBC Qualifying Examination

All candidates must successfully complete the PEBC Qualifying Examination (Part I and Part II). Additional information, including more on the minimum qualifications required for admission into the Qualifying Exam, exam dates, deadlines and locations can be found here: http://www.pebc.ca/index.php/ci_id/3107/la_id/1.htm

PEBC grants a certificate as evidence when you have successfully passed the Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Examination, thus meeting a national evaluation standard of entry-level competence (knowledge, skills and abilities needed to practise safely and effectively).  For more information on the PEBC Qualifying Exam, please see the PEBC Pharmacy Technician webpage: http://www.pebc.ca/index.php/ci_id/3375/la_id/1.htm

PLEASE NOTE: A pharmacy technician applicant can complete Step Five (PEBC Qualitying exam) before Steps 2-4, but all of the steps must be completed regardless of the order.


Step Six:

Apply and be approved for Pharmacy Technician Status with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba

Once the above listed steps and requirements are successfully completed, those seeking Pharmacy Technician status may submit a Pharmacy Technician application and provide all of the supporting documents.

Application for Pharmacy Technician with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba
For those seeking to be listed as a pharmacy technician in Manitoba.

Included in the pharmacy technician application is a declaration of several matters, including:

  • Confirmation of physical and mental fitness for practice as a pharmacy technician
  • Confirmation of commitment to comply with the ongoing requirements for performance reviews, at a minimum of once every two years, that includes:
    • Confirmation of practice as a pharmacy technician for a minimum of 600 hours of practice over a three year period,
    • A review of the pharmacy technician’s job performance, and
    • Confirmation of attaining the Council approved professional development requirement (a minimum of 15 CEUs per year, 5 of which must be from an accredited source).

  Language Proficiency

Evidence of English language proficiency is demonstrated by successfully meeting the minimum language requirements of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA). Visit the  NAPRA website  for additional information on the minimum language proficiency requirements for pharmacy technicians.

Language proficiency is an essential skill required of all pharmacy technicians in the day to day practice of pharmacy in Canada. Although language proficiency does not guarantee that effective communication will take place, it is the foundation for reading, speaking, listening/comprehension, and writing skills – all components of communication. A pharmacy technician’s ability to communicate is critical to safe and effective patient care.

The current standards were approved by the NAPRA Board of Directors, are amended from time to time and include the accepted Standard Error of Measurement (SEM) for each test for greater clarity.

Language Proficiency Requirements

1. The following documentation must be submitted by all pharmacy technician-in-training applicants:

a)      Language proficiency test results (sent directly to the College from an approved assessment centre) that meet the NAPRA  Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada ; or

b)      A notarized copy of a transcript confirming graduation from a high school in Canada with three consecutive, first language English or first language French courses/credits (*); or

c)      A notarized copy of a transcript confirming graduation from a Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel in Quebec with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits (*); or

d)      A notarized copy of a transcript or diploma confirming graduation with an undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, where the curriculum is taught in either French or English.

2. Language proficiency standards will be assessed during the structured practical training program. Assessment at this time supports public protection and enables the candidate to derive the expected educational benefits from the program, while at the same time allows for language proficiency to improve through the program’s emphasis on communication. Any concerns are to be reported by the supervisor to the Registrar of the College.

3. Prior language proficiency test results described under #1.a. listed above will be accepted as valid if completed within two years prior to beginning:

a)      the structured practical training program, or

b)      the CCAPP-accredited pharmacy technician program.

(*) Note:  Must be English credit or French credit courses.   


Pharmacy Technician Lisiting Renewal

As a pharmacy technician in Manitoba, you need to renew your listing each year that you meet the continuing qualifications of a pharmacy technician, and other requirements as listed in the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Regulation. The annual pharmacy technician fee renewal date is June 1st of each calendar year. Therefore your listing as a pharmacy technician will expire on May 31st if you do not renew.

Please note that in order to continue to be qualified, you must have worked as a Pharmacy Technician for at least 600 hours in the preceding three-year period (starting three years after you first qualified), and have participated in the performance review conducted by the pharmacy manager or delegate at the practice site at a minimum of every two years. This includes documentation of hours worked as a pharmacy technician; an assessment of a technician’s job performance in terms of quality of patient care, administrative skills and the ability to work consistently within the rules governing the pharmacy and pharmacy practice; and, documentation of attaining the Council approved professional development requirement.


Renewal Application Form for Pharmacy Technicians
For those seeking to renew their listing as pharmacy technician in Manitoba.


Professional Development for Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy technicians in Manitoba are required to meet the professional development (PD) requirement annually, confirmed at a minimum of once every two years by the pharmacy manager or delegate at the pharmacy technician’s place of employment.

Pharmacy technicians are required to participate in a minimum of 15 hours of professional development learning activities from June 1 st to May 31 st of each year.  Of the 15 hours, a minimum of 5 hours must be from accredited learning activities (i.e. programs that have been accredited for no less than a total of 5 CEUs) with a balance of 10 hours of participation in either accredited or non-accredited learning activities.

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 learning.

For convenience in maintaining professional development records, the College has provided a Professional Development Log for Pharmacy Technicians template (in Word form) that pharmacy technicians may utilize.

Pharmacy technicians are invited to attend professional development programs. Please visit the Pharmacy Technician Live PD Programs webpage for information on current program offerings.