Professional Development and Assessment Program (PDAP)
To ensure that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians provide optimal patient care throughout their careers as healthcare professionals, they must maintain their competency through ongoing professional development activities as determined by a Quality Assurance Program.
In BC, this program is called the Professional Development and Assessment Program (PDAP).
As determined by legislation [HPA Bylaw 55(2)], PDAP consists of a Continuing Education (CE) component which utilizes the CE-Plus tool.
- Continuing Education (CE) Component – CE-Plus Tool
The CE-Plus tool is accessible through eServices and is the online tool that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians use to submit their yearly professional development requirements as set out by PDAP.
Registrants must submit a minimum of 15 hours of professional development on a minimum of 6 Learning Records every year. A minimum of 5 hours must be accredited learning and an image of supporting documentation needs to be provided as part of the Learning Record.
Accredited learning activities have been reviewed using stringent criteria to ensure they are of high quality, unbiased, and clearly identify learning objectives for participants.Accredited programs indicate the number of accredited hours (CEU's) assigned, and identify the accrediting body (such as UBC CPPD, CCCEP, ACPE, MAINPRO (M1 and MC), etc). For accredited courses that may be geared towards physicians or other health care professionals, registrants should reflect on the learning and identify ways to incorporate the knowledge and skills acquired from that course into their daily practice.
There is also an optional self-assessment which helps registrants identify specific learning needs so their professional development learning for the year can be tailored to practice.
The CE-Plus tool is designed to recognize all types of learning as registrants practice in various settings and learn in different ways. Whether it is a traditional accredited course or seminar - even focused dialogue with a colleague - it is equally valid on a Learning Record.
CE-PLUS RESOURCES Tutorial Quick Help Sheet Frequently Asked Questions Learning Record Rating Scale Learning Record Form Exemption Application Form
- Learning Record Examples
Learning Record Examples
The pharmacy technician examples are currently under development.
Category Description Example Learning Record Rating Scale Meets Expectations Compounding Antibiotics Fall Risk Management Influenza Outbreak Dialysis Probiotics COPD C. Difficile Head Lice Warfarin Common Drug Review Antibiotics and Oral Contraceptives MDI Approaching Expectations Head Lice Naturopathic Therapy COPD Antibiotic Management Below Expectations General No Learning Goal Listeria and C.Difficle Category Description Example Practice Hospital Dialysis Probiotic COPD C. Difficile Community Compounding Antibiotics No Learning Goal Fall Risk Management Influenza Outbreak Head Lice Warfarin Other Common Drug Review Antibiotics and Oral Contraceptives MDIs Category Description Example Learning Activities Live Program Compounding Dialysis COPD C. Difficile Reading Materials Antibiotics No Learning Goal Fall Risk Management Influenza Outbreak Warfarin Self Study Head lice Warfarin Workplace Learning Probiotics COPD Common Drug Review
- PDAP Requirements for Reinstatement
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who are non-practicing and/or have former status are required to complete CE requirements in order to be reinstated. Effective January 2016, those who wish to be reinstated after being non-practicing and/or former status for more than 90 days but less than six years must:
- Successfully complete at least 15 hours of learning documented on a minimum of 6 Learning Records per year or partial year of absence (up to 45 hours of learning documented on 18 Learning Records); a minimum of 1/3 (up to 15 hours) must be accredited learning and supporting documentation needs to be provided as part of the Learning Record,
- Complete all learning activities in the year immediately prior to application.
Accredited learning activities have been reviewed using stringent criteria to ensure they are of high quality, unbiased, and clearly identify learning objectives for participants. Accredited programs indicate the number of accredited hours (CEU's) assigned, and identify the accrediting body (such as UBC CPPD, CCCEP, ACPE, MAINPRO (M1 and MC), etc). For accredited courses that may be geared towards physicians or other health care professionals, registrants should reflect on the learning and identify ways to incorporate the knowledge and skills acquired from that course into their daily practice.
For more information on reinstatement, please see the Registration & Licensure section of the website.
- Other Professional Development Resources / Links
- University of British Columbia - Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development
- Canadian Pharmacy Practice Programme (CP3)
- BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA)
- Alberta College of Pharmacists – Continuing Competence Program
- University of Alberta - Practice Development
- Ontario College of Pharmacists – Continuing Education
- Ontario College of Pharmacists – Quality Assurance Program
- Canadian Council on Continuing Education for Pharmacists (CCCEP)
- Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) - Education and Practice Resources/Professional Development
- Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP)
- Code of Ethics: Educational Tutorial
The online Code of Ethics Educational Tutorial is divided into 4 modules and should take approximately two hours, in total, to complete. The first module is a foundational introduction called Understanding Our Role and Commitment as Regulated Healthcare Professionals. The second, titled Overview of the Code of Ethics, is a comprehensive overview of the document itself with the third module focused exclusively on the Conflict of Interest Standards. The final module introduces the Model for Ethical Decision Making and uses a hypothetical video scenario to illustrate how to apply the decision making tool in practice.
In order to declare that you have completed and understood this information, you are required to print, sign and date a copy of the Declaration of Completion (with Pharmacy Oath), which is linked to the end of Module 4. This declaration is to be retained at your primary place of work and available for review upon request (note: you are not required to forward a copy to the College office).
All four modules are now available:
- Intro and Module 1: Our Role and Commitment as Regulated Healthcare Professionals
- Module 2: Overview of the Code of Ethics
- Module 3: Conflict of Interest Standards
- Module 4: Model for Ethical Decision Making
Note: This learning is applicable and may be used towards your annual Continuing Education requirements of the College's Professional Development and Assessment Program (PDAP).
If you are having issues viewing or hearing this presentation after the installation of Adobe Presenter on your computer, a video capture of the presentation is available [intro and module 1, module 2, module 3, module 4]. Please note that these files lack much of the functionality of the Adobe Presenter format and you will not be able to click on embedded links. This format is, however, viewable on iPad and mobile phones.