Pharmacy Technicians: online renewal available until midnight on November 30
November 18, 2015
Online Renewal Preparation Checklist:
Pharmacy technician applications for annual permit renewal (2016) must include:
- A valid email address
- Declaration of compliance with professional liability insurance coverage
- Declaration of holding a minimum of one million dollar claims-made or occurrence-based professional liability insurance policy that is personal and transportable to any place of practice in Alberta, and provides coverage for the time period being renewed (January 1 to December 31, 2016)
- The required fee payment
Associate, Cancelled or Retired Pharmacy Technician statuses are inactive statuses. If you choose any one of these, you cannot practice as a pharmacy technician.
A non-compliance fee of $85.05 ($81.00 plus $4.05 GST) will be assessed to any pharmacy technician whose annual permit renewal remains outstanding after November 30 and up to December 31, 2015. This fee is in addition to the annual permit fee for pharmacy technicians.
The annual permits of pharmacy technicians who do not complete renewal requirements prior to January 1, 2016, will be cancelled. Candidates whose permit is cancelled will be required to pay a reinstatement fee of $277.20 ($264.00 plus $13.20 GST) in addition to the annual permit fee before regaining their status as a pharmacy technician.
Tips for 2016 Online Renewal
When accessing your online renewal, proceed through the tabs in the order presented (i.e., you cannot go from tab one to tab three). When you have finished reviewing the information on each tab, select “next” to proceed. You can move back if you wish to review your information, providing that you have not submitted your renewal (submission occurs under the “declarations” tab).
Tab 1: Welcome
Provides some tips on completing your online renewal. Throughout the online renewal process, you will find “edit” buttons that will provide information specific to the section you are reviewing.
Tab 2: Profile
Review your demographic information, email address, consent choices, places of employment, etc. Make changes if required. Note: online renewal cannot be completed without a valid email address. Allow 2 business days for address changes to be processed by ACP. Some changes cannot be performed online; you must contact ACP if changes are required (e.g., name changes, employment changes). If a change can be made online, you will see an “edit” button for that section.
Tab 3: Confirmation
Our online renewal includes a feature that allows pharmacy technicians to change their status to associate, retired, or cancelled technician. Please confirm the status of your permit that you wish to be effective January 1, 2016.
If you wish to change to a non-active status [associate technician, cancelled technician, or retired technician (must be 55 years of age or older)], or if you're an associate technician wishing to change to cancelled or retired technician, you can complete this status change online under this tab. Note that associate, cancelled or retired technicians do not receive a receipt or practice permit.
If you wish to reinstate from a non-active status to a pharmacy technician status, you must contact ACP at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine the requirements for your reinstatement.
Tab 4: Statistics – Not required for Pharmacy Technicians
Tab 5: Declarations
If you are renewing as a Pharmacy Technician (2016), you will need to complete the following professional declarations:
- declaration of the status you are renewing to (i.e. Pharmacy Technician (2016);
- declaration of compliance with professional liability insurance coverage requirements.
If you are renewing as an Associate Technician (2016), you will need to complete one (1) declaration:
- declaration of the status you are renewing to (i.e. Associate Technician (2016).
Submission of Renewal
When you have reviewed and are satisfied that the information is complete and correct, you must submit your renewal. Once your renewal has been submitted you cannot review or change any of the information provided.
Tab 6: Payment
Payment can be made online by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or via mail by cheque. Select your preferred method of payment and fill in the appropriate information. If payment is being made by cheque, record your registration number on the bottom right hand corner of your cheque and ensure it is mailed in sufficient time to reach the ACP office before November 30, 2015.
If your employer is paying your fees, select the cheque payment option, print your payment page and submit this form to your employer. You will receive an official receipt and practice permit (if applicable) from ACP.