Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
Must be able to perform routine tasks while maintaining a high degree of concentration and attention
The ability to pay close attention to details
Must have the ability to remain calm and handle emergencies
Have good manual dexterity
Must have a caring attitude towards others
Do I Need a Degree to work as a Pharmacy Technician?
While you do not need a four-year degree, those looking to enter the Pharmacy Technician profession in Canada must attend a college whose pharmacy technician course is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). The accreditation process ensures that courses contain the necessary content to teach the knowledge, skills and abilities that are necessary for graduates to do the job of a pharmacy technician effectively and safely.
How to become a Pharmacy Technician in Canada
To be able to work as a Pharmacy Technician in Alberta, people entering the profession must successfully complete the steps below:
Graduate from a CCAPP accredited School
Complete structured practical training
Write the jurisprudence/ethics exam through the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP)
Write the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PECB Qualifying exam)
Register with the ACP
You must graduate from a pharmacy technician course that has been accredited by the CCAPP.
Pre-register with the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia
Complete the Pharmacy Technician Structured Practical Training program*
Complete the Pharmacy Technician Jurisprudence Examination (JE)*
Complete both Parts I and II of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Exam*
Submit your application for Pharmacy Technician Registration to the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia
*Note: The Structured Practical Training, Jurisprudence Exam and PEBC Qualifying Exam can be completed in any order.
Graduate from a pharmacy technician program accredited by CCAPP
Successfully complete a Structured Practical Training (SPT) program (The SPT is a supervised competency based training period within a pharmacy that includes assessment by an approved pharmacist or another technician.
Write the Jurisprudence Exam
Write the PEBC Qualifying Exams (Parts I and II)
Register with the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association
The Pharmacy Technician profession is now regulated by the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) and to be able to practice in Ontario, you must register with the OCP.
Graduate from a CCAPP accredited pharmacy technician program
Pre-register with the Ontario College of Pharmacists
Complete Structured Practical Training (SPT)*
Write the Jurisprudence Exam*
Complete Parts I and II of the PBEC qualifying exam*
Complete your Certificate of Registration – Pharmacy Technician forms
*Can be completed in any order
Prince Edward Island
Graduate from a CCAPP Pharmacy technician program
Write the PEI College of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Jurisprudence Exam
Complete a Structured Practical Evaluation (SPE)
Write the Two Part Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Exam
Part 1 – MCQ Section (Written) - The questions in this written portion assess your understanding and application of pharmacy knowledge to patient situations and your ability to make decisions and solve problems.
Part 2 – Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Exam OSPE (Practical Exam)
Submit your application for registration with the PEI College of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy Technicians are regulated in New Brunswick and must register with the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists. Pathway for new entrants:
Graduate from a CCAPP Accredited training program
Complete the Structured Practical Training (SPT) program
Successfully complete Parts 1 and 2 of the PEBC qualifying exam
Write the NBCP Jurisprudence Exam
Register with the NB College of Pharmacists
Pharmacy Technicians are a regulated health care profession under the regulatory authority of the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists (NSCP). The pathway for those who are newly entering the profession
Graduate from a Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs accredited educational program
Complete the Structured Practical Evaluation (SPE) program
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