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).
*The selection of registrants for the first cycle (calendar year 2012) of the Assessment Component will be on a voluntary basis in order to test the technical delivery of the Knowledge Assessment (KA) exam using a computerized format.
Continuing Education (CE) Component – CE-Plus
The Continuing Education (CE) component of PDAP utilizes the CE-Plus tool which consists of an annual submission of a minimum of 15 hours of learning documented on a minimum of 6 Learning Records. The CE component is mandatory for all registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and is due upon individual registrants’ renewal dates. This means that registrants, starting with those who renew their registration in August 2011, will receive notification at that time that they have the next 12 months to complete their CE requirement which must be submitted to the College with their annual renewal in August 2012. Similarly, September 2011 renewals will be notified that their CE is due in September 2012 and so on and so on.
The CE-Plus tool is completed online and begins with a simple yet effective Self-Assessment which assists registrants in identifying specific learning needs so their professional development can be tailored to practice. The individual learning that is then undertaken is recorded on an easy to use online form called a Learning Record. Ultimately, it is these Learning Records which must be submitted to the College annually prior to registration renewal.
Assessment Component – Knowledge Assessment (KA) Exam
The Assessment component requires all registrants, once every 10 years with approximately 10% of registrants randomly selected each year, to sit a Knowledge Assessment (KA) Exam that for the first time will be delivered utilizing a ‘computerized’ format rather than a ‘paper’ format.
If you are currently going through the reinstatement process and you wish to sign up for an upcoming KA exam please click on the link below: