Frequently Asked Questions

If I complete more than the minimum hours of accredited learning for my current yearly renewal, does it roll over?

No, the completion date of the learning must occur within the 12 months prior to your individual renewal date, even though the accreditation is still valid (not expired) beyond that date.

If a learning activity was accredited at the time I completed it and the accreditation is now expired, can I still document it as accredited learning?

Yes, if the learning activity was accredited at the time you completed it, you can document it as accredited learning. Learning activities must occur within the last year (past 12 months) of your next renewal date to be considered current.

What is a Learning Record?

A Learning Record is an online form that assists you in documenting your learning activities. Registrants must complete a minimum of 15 hours of learning documented on a minimum of 6 Learning Records prior to renewal of licensure each year. A minimum of 5 hours must be accredited learning and supporting documentation needs to be provided as part of the Learning Record. 

Can I put all my 6 learning goals and activities for the year on one learning record?

No, you must identify and fill out 6 separate Learning Records- one for each goal- every year. Individual learning activities that you have undertaken during the year can be combined based on the goal and documented on one of these 6 Learning Records. You must have a minimum of 15 hours of learning documented on a minimum of 6 Learning Records. A minimum of 5 hours must be accredited learning and supporting documentation needs to be provided as part of the Learning Record. 

If I have more than the minimum hours and/or Learning Records, does it roll over to the next year?

No, hours cannot be carried over from year to year. Learning has to take place within the 12 months prior to your individual renewal date. 

When are my CE-Plus submissions due?

You have 12 months from when you renew your registration to complete your CE requirement, which must be submitted to the College prior to your next annual renewal. For example, if your renewal is on August 31st, 2013, you have 12 months to complete your CE requirements and for this example, CE-Plus submissions would have to be submitted online prior to Midnight on August 31st, 2014. 

Do I have to complete my CE before I can pay for my renewal for the next year?

Besides CE, there are many other requirements for renewal, including payment. You can begin the renewal process at any time, but in order to complete the renewal process, including payment, you must have fulfilled and submitted your CE requirements for the previous year. 

What is the difference between accredited and non-accredited hours?

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).

Non-accredited hours are informal learning activities. For example, if you identify a learning need in the area of compounding, then identify and read a publication on compounding and incorporate this learning into your practice, you could include the time spent in this activity into one of your 6 Learning Records. 

Do I have to have a specific amount of accredited vs non-accredited hours?

A minimum of 5 hours must be accredited learning and supporting documentation needs to be provided as part of the Learning Record. 

Do CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) count?

CEU’s are assigned by accrediting bodies through the accreditation process (see Accredited hours FAQ). Assigned CEU’s vary with the type of learning activity such as lecture (1 hour= 1CEU), workshop, online learning etc. Your CE Plus submission for a specific Learning Record could include the time required to complete a course as well as additional time you spent adding to or implementing your new knowledge. For example, if you attended a course for 2 hours and spent 3 hours completing a follow-up assignment or self-directed learning, you could document 5 hours of learning in that Learning Record. 

Does out of country learning count?

Yes, learning from any source is acceptable as long as it is within your scope of practice as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician. 

How do I know if I have completed all the requirements?

Once you have submitted your Learning Record(s), the Minimum Requirements section in the Learning Record Summary will indicate if you have satisfied the requirements. 

What happens if I do not complete all the requirements by my renewal date?

If you do not complete all requirements by your renewal date, your registration cannot be renewed.