Preparing for the November 30 Deadline


by Jennifer Bean, RPhT

Where has 2017 gone? Can you believe that it’s already mid-October? And you know what that means…..approx. 6 weeks until Pharmacy Technicians renew their practice permits.

Have you completed your 15 CES, implementation record, as well as the self-assessment/prescribed learning on the Alberta College of Pharmacists website?

If you said yes to any of these, give yourself a pat on the back! If you haven’t here are somethings to consider.

Where to find CEUs

If you haven’t now might be a good time to look into what continuing education opportunities are available. PTSA is offering an in person Edmonton based Techs in Touch Continuing Education Event (valued at 2 CEUs) on November 9th (check out the link here).

You can also look into on line continuing education modules that are available from:

Implementation record

This may seem like a daunting task each year, but if you think of how your practice or work site has changed you might realize there are numerous opportunities to implement something into your practice. As an example, at the site where I work in the past year we have:

  • Technicians who performed annual validation for checking IV medications
  • Implemented technicians checking first doses in our dispensary
  • Implemented a new closed system preparation for sterile hazardous medications (requiring training for all staff in the IV room)
  • New technician staff completing checking dispensary validations
  • Technicians being trained in our Pre Admission Clinic to perform BPMH

And these are just the ones off the top of my head, maybe this sounds like your workplace. Maybe you have undergone some new training at your worksite.

Just remember that your implementation must be linked directly to 1 of your CEUs, in some instances you may need to use a training manual or online learning that has been completed as non-accredited CEUs.

Remember when you are writing up your implementation record, you will need to use the SMART format. Your statement must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relative, and Time based

Self-Assessment/Prescribed Learning

This section contains an array of self-reflection, self-assessment, and planning tools that can help you identify and plan your learning needs and potential implementation objectives that would be relevant to you and your practice. These self-assessment tools are optional, unless otherwise directed by the ACP Competence Committee, and may be completed at any time during the CE cycle. These tools are available for your benefit and to help you with your continuing professional development. The Alberta College of Pharmacists will NOT be monitoring or keeping track of your self-assessment results.

This section also contains any prescribed activities that have been assigned by the ACP Competence Committee. You must complete the prescribed learning activity in order to submit your professional portfolio. The portal will keep track of whether you have completed the prescribed activity. Once the prescribed activity has been completed, a green checkmark should appear beside Self-assessment/Prescribed activity under the progress indicator on the home page.

Ok, how do you feel now? Do you feel overwhelmed or are you ready to conquer your licensing requirements? If you have any questions at all you can refer to the requirements on the ACP website at

Let us know any tips you have for surviving this time of year and completing your annual learning!