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 (College) has created a list of pharmacy technicians. This document will be updated as more technicians become listed.
If you are interested in receiving email updates from the College on information pertaining to pharmacy technicians, or know of pharmacy assistants who are interested, please contact, Brittany Delaquis, Administrative Assistant, by email at email@example.com to be added to the College’s pharmacy assistant/technician email distribution list. Please provide your full name, email address, telephone number and workplace (if applicable).
On January 1, 2014, the new Pharmaceutical Act (The Act) long with its accompanying Pharmaceutical Regulation came into effect in Manitoba and pharmacy technician became a protected title. Only individuals who meet the criteria outlined in The Act and Regulation can practice as pharmacy technicians and use the title in this province.
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 the Pharmacy Technician Resource Guide and the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Professional Competencies of Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry-to-Practice .
One of the ways the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (College) fulfills its mandate to protect the public by enforcing The Act and Regulation. The current provincial legislation provides the College with the authority to make regulations that establish the qualifications, experience, and other requirements held by a pharmacy technician. The College also has the authority to maintain a public list of pharmacy technicians that meet these rigorous qualifications.
At the same time, The Act does not grant the College the authority to investigate, discipline, or audit a pharmacy technician directly. This is why the College cannot issue a license to a pharmacy technician. Pharmacy technicians in Manitoba are considered to be regulated and/or listed, but not licensed or registered at this time.
Pharmacy technicians in Manitoba can be assured that their qualifications align with the requirements in the other provinces in Canada. A listed pharmacy technician in Manitoba would have their qualifications recognized in other provinces where pharmacy technicians are licensed and/or registered.
The College recognizes the challenges present in the current provincial legislation for pharmacy technicians, and continues to have discussions with the provincial government on ways to extend the current legislation.
Pathways to Pharmacy Technician Regulation
While all pharmacy technician applicants must meet the same competencies, there are essentially two pathways to registration.
- Graduates of a CCAPP accredited pharmacy technician program (Option A); and
- Individuals who are currently employed and qualify through prior work experience in pharmacy (Option B).
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 .
|There are two pathways for individuals who wish to become pharmacy technicians in Manitoba. All of the steps in either Option A or Option B in the chart below must be completed before the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (College) can list you as a pharmacy technician.
For more details on each option, please click on Option A or Option B below.
|Successfully complete the PEBC Evaluating Exam AND the NAPRA National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program in any order
Apply to become a pharmacy technician-in-training with
the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.
If you have changed your name from what is on your
birth certificate, you must attach a notarized copy of the applicable
marriage, divorce, or name change certificate to your application.
Successfully complete the Structured Practical Training (SPT) Program and
the Jurisprudence Examination .
You must complete the Jurisprudence Exam before
Successfully complete the PEBC Qualifying Exam Parts I and II.
Apply to be listed as a pharmacy technician with
the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.
Manitoba pharmacy assistants have just one opportunity left to pursue status as a pharmacy technician through The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating Examination . The deadline for successfully passing the PEBC Pharmacy Technician Evaluating Examination is December 31, 2018. The College supports this deadline.
The upcoming date for the PEBC Pharmacy Technician Evaluating Examinations is:
- Saturday, October 31, 2018, application deadline is Friday, June 22, 2018 (Winnipeg site available)
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 Examination, 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.
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.
The pharmacy technician Structured Practical Training (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 . Competencies are the significant job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes, and judgements needed by a member of a profession to effectively practice in their career field.
The pharmacy technician SPT program allows applicants to apply and enhance their competencies under the supervision of an approved preceptor. 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 demonstrates their competencies and receives a detailed evaluation from their preceptor 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 must be approved by the College before you begin.
Please see the Structured Practical Training Program Manual , Logbook , and Submission Forms Package for more details.
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. For complete details, please review the Pharmacy Technician Resource Guide.
Renewal Application Form for Pharmacy Technicians
For those seeking to renew their listing as pharmacy technician in Manitoba.
Provisional Renewal Requirements
The provisional renewal requirements outline the steps a pharmacy technician must complete if they do not meet the annual 600 practice hour requirement, but still wish to maintain their designation:
A pharmacy technician applicant that does not meet the 600 practice hours requirement may be listed with the condition they must practice under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, until the 600 practice hours requirement is met.
If a pharmacy technician upon renewal has not met the 600 hour practice requirement in the preceding three-year period, starting three years from being first listed, the technician’s listing would be on condition until he/she meets the practice hour requirement by working under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. The technician must provide the College with a letter signed by the technician and the pharmacy manager stating a reasonable timeline for completion of the outstanding practice hours. Once the hours have been completed, the technician must submit another letter signed by the pharmacy manager and the pharmacy technician stating the 600 practice hours have been completed, along with a completed renewal application to be listed as a pharmacy technician.
Council has also outlined the qualifying requirements for a pharmacy technician who does not renew their listing, but later decides to return to practice. The requirements vary depending on the length of time the applicant has been absent from practice.
When a pharmacy technician has been unlisted for less than three years:
A pharmacy technician applicant that has not been listed in less than the previous three years, prior to the year of application, must practice under the direct supervision of a pharmacist until the 600 practice hours requirement is met.
When a pharmacy technician has been unlisted 3-6 years:
A pharmacy technician applicant that has not been listed in the previous three years and not more than six years, prior to the year of application, must:
- Successfully complete 240 hours of structured practical training under the direct supervision of a pharmacist;
- Successfully complete a jurisprudence examination; and
- Complete three times the amount of professional development as required by Council.
When a pharmacy technician has been unlisted for more than six years:
A pharmacy technician applicant that has not been listed for more than six years, prior to the year of application must:
- Successfully complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada OSCE Part II portion of the Qualifying Exam;
- Successfully complete 240 hours of structured practical training under the direct supervision of a pharmacist; and
- Successfully complete a jurisprudence examination and attain a passing grade of 70 per cent or more.
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 use.
Pharmacy technicians are invited to visit the Pharmacy Technician Professional Development page on the College website for information on Pharmacy Technician Live PD programs as well as other professional development programs and resources.