PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (PDAP)
All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must participate in professional development activities each year to ensure they continue to provide safe and effective care.
As part of the Quality Assurance Program, set out in the College’s Health Professions Act Bylaws, continuing education is mandatory for all registered pharmacy professionals in order to renew their registration.
The College’s Quality Assurance Committee provides guidance and recommendations to the College Board, including minimum continuing education requirements, to ensure that registrants are competent to practice and to promote high practice standards amongst registrants.
Learn more about the Quality Assurance Committee.
The College ensures pharmacy professionals meet the continuing education requirements through the Professional Development and Assessment Program (PDAP) which requires continuing education to be documented and submitted through at least 6 learning records annually. Each pharmacy professional must complete a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education each year, including a minimum of 5 hours of accredited learning.
The Professional Development and Assessment Program is designed to include all different types of learning and reflect that registrants practice in various settings and learn in different ways. Whether it is an accredited course, conference, or self-directed reading, it can be reflected on a learning record and submitted as proof of continuing education.
The program allows pharmacy professionals to submit their continuing education learning records through the PDAP Portal within the College’s secure eServices website or through the new PDAP Mobile app.
Accredited Learning Activities
A minimum of 5 hours of continuing education must be accredited learning. 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 assigned, and identify the accrediting body (such as UBC CPPD, CCCEP, ACPE, MAINPRO, 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.
To demonstrate completion of accredited learning hours, an image of supporting documentation for the accredited learning activity needs to be included as part of the learning record submitted to the College.
PDAP Mobile is a mobile app that allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to easily enter, edit and submit their required Continuing Education through their Apple or Android mobile device.
At a professional development conference or course? This app makes it easy to document your learnings in real time. Learn how.
The PDAP Portal is located within the College’s secure eServices website. It allows registrants to submit continuing education learning records.
There is also an optional self-assessment tool available which helps registrants identify specific learning needs and tailor their professional development activities to meet their needs.
Have you seen the Professional Development FAQs? Please feel free to contact the College’s Professional Development Department with any remaining questions at ProDev@bcpharmacists.org or (604) 733-2440 ext. 390.
- Continuing Education Exemption
If you are on or expect to be on medical, maternity, parental or compassionate care leave, you may be eligible for an exemption.
Complete the Continuing Education Exemption Application Form and provide it to the College’s Professional Development Department at ProDev@bcpharmacists.org to confirm your eligibility.
Please allow at least 5 business days for processing.
- Learning Record Examples
Learning Record Examples
The pharmacy technician examples are currently under development.
- 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. 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 corresponding Learning Record(s),
- Complete all learning activities in the year immediately prior to application for full registration.
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.
Reinstatement applicants may use the PDAP Portal through eServices or the PDAP Mobile application to complete and submit their CE Requirements.
For more information on reinstatement, please see the Registration & Licensure section of the website.
- Other Professional Development Resources / Links
- 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:
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.
Declaration of Completion (with Pharmacy Oath)