Pharmacy Technicians

Why do I need to take Structured Practical Training (SPT)?

Once a student has graduated from a CCAPP Accredited Program, the next step is to successfully complete the Structured Practical Training (SPT) program; a supervised competency based training period within a pharmacy that includes regular assessment by a pharmacist or another regulated pharmacy technician. SPT provides the student an opportunity to apply the knowledge, skillls and abilities they learned in their training program to practice, in a supervised environment.

Is it true that I am required to have a Criminal Record Check?

Yes, in accordance with legislation, all current and new registrants of the College of Pharmacists of BC are required to consent to a criminal record check at least once every 5 years. It is a requirement of the Criminal Records Review Act and is applicable to current and new registrants of all professional regulatory bodies governed by the HPA. Additional information is available on the College's FAQ.

Who determines which post-secondary programs are accredited?

The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP), the same organization that accredits pharmacists’ university programs, is responsible for accrediting ‘regulated pharmacy technician’ programs in Canada. The accreditation process ensures that accredited programs contain the necessary content to teach the competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities) necessary for successful graduates to safely and effectively perform the job of a regulated pharmacy technician.

As a ‘current pharmacy technician’, how long do I have to go through the process of regulation?

The ‘current pharmacy technician’ path is only available until 2015. In other words, current technicians utilizing this path must have completed all of the requirements and register with the College of Pharmacists of BC before December 31, 2015. It is intended to provide current technicians the opportunity to become regulated without having to go back to school full-time. After 2015, current technicians who wish to become regulated will have to take the steps described under the ‘future pharmacy technician’ path.