PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (PDAP)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of the College of Pharmacists of BC has approved PDAP Exemptions for the remainder of 2020 registration renewal deadlines. The College’s Quality Assurance Committee extended these exemptions from December 31, 2020 until February 28, 2021.
Starting March 1st, 2021, the Continuing Education (CE) exemption is no longer in effect. This means that registrants with March 2021 registration renewal deadlines and onwards must complete their PDAP requirements prior to their registration renewal deadline.
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 CCCEP, UBC CPPD, 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. Retain all original supporting documentation for at least 2 years from your registration renewal deadline.
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.
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