No, there is no minimum requirement for accredited CEUs. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians may complete any combination of accredited or non-accredited learning activities to a minimum of 15 continuing education units each CE cycle.
Accredited learning includes any learning activity that has been accredited for pharmacists/pharmacy technicians by a recognized accrediting body. These programs or learning activities have gone through an accreditation review process to ensure that it:
- Has current, evidence-based, and unbiased content;
- Is relevant to pharmacists/pharmacy technicians; and
- Provides a quality learning experience.
The Alberta College of Pharmacy recognizes the following accrediting bodies:
- The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP), and
- The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
- Note: ACPE’s “0.1 CEU” is equivalent to “1 CEU” in the competence program
Non-accredited learning includes any learning activity related to pharmacy practice that has NOT been accredited by CCCEP or ACPE or the accreditation has expired. Examples:
- Online programs, courses (e.g., PharmD course), or presentations that have not gone through the accreditation process or the accreditation has expired
- Structured learning activities accredited for another health professional (e.g., programs that have been accredited for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians)
- Informal, independent learning activities such as reading, research, or discussing practice issues with colleagues (e.g., journal club, in-services)
First Aid and CPR can be claimed as non-accredited learning. You can maximize your CEUs by completing more than one Learning Record. For example, you might do one Learning Record for the First Aid portion and another for the CPR portion, allowing you to claim up to 16 non-accredited CEUs.
Yes, you may claim learning activities from any country if they are relevant to your pharmacy practice.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can access all program materials through the CCP web portal. You will fill out all forms, upload documents, and compile a portfolio of your learning in your own secure online repository.
No. For an accredited course, you may combine all the learning activities represented on the course certificate and document on one Learning Record. For non-accredited courses, you must document each learning activity individually. You may document a maximum of 8 non-accredited CEUs on one Learning Record. If a non-accredited course is more than 8 CEUs, you must document your learning over two or more Learning Records.
1 hour of non-accredited learning is equivalent to 1 CEU. You may claim to the nearest quarter of an hour for the time spent on a non-accredited learning activity. Since you may only claim up to 8 CEUs of non-accredited learning per Learning Record, you may need to document your learning on two or more Learning Records if your non-accredited activity is more than 8 hours.
Learning Records are designed to help you reflect on your learning activity. To facilitate more meaningful reflection of a non-accredited learning activity, ACP has set a limit of 8 hours of non-accredited learning per Learning Record. Since the Learning Record requires you to identify the competencies, results, key elements, and impact associated with a learning activity, it may be easiest to record separate topics on separate Learning Records.
No, all CEUs must be claimed and documented on Learning Records for a current CE cycle.
Although your documents (e.g., certificates of course completion, evidence) are uploaded into the CCP web portal, you are still required to keep them for 2 years in case the college requires hard copies.
Basically 1 hour of learning is equivalent to 1 CEU. You may claim to the nearest quarter of an hour for the time spent on a learning activity.
- For an accredited activity, the number of CEUs is determined by the accrediting body.
- For a non-accredited activity, the number of CEUs is equivalent to the amount of time you spend completing the learning activity.
You may find accredited programs by visiting the CCCEP or ACPE websites. Alternatively, you may find potential accredited programs or events directly on the website of organizations that offer accredited programs, such as:
- Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
- Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA)
- Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta (PTSA)
- Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP)
- Canadian Healthcare Network
- Pear Healthcare Solutions Inc.
- Teva Pharmacy Solutions
- Pharmacist’s Letter/Pharmacy Technician’s Letter
After completing a learning activity, you are required to reflect and document your completed learning activity on a Learning Record. You must complete a Learning Record for each learning activity, regardless of whether it is accredited or non-accredited.
By reflecting on what you’ve learned, it should help reinforce your learning. The Learning Record was designed to be easy to complete and we recommend that you fill-out a record soon after completing a learning activity.
For non-accredited learning activities, you may only claim up to 8 CEUs per Learning Record. If you’ve spent more than 8 hours completing a non-accredited activity, you may document your activity over multiple Learning Records.
Every CE cycle, the Competence Committee may prescribe additional learning activities that you must complete in order to submit your professional portfolio. The prescribed learning is available in the CCP portal under the Self-Assessment/Prescribed Activity section. You may complete a Learning Record for completing the prescribed activity; however, it is not required unless directed otherwise. The portal will keep track of whether you have completed the prescribed activity. We recommend that you read communications from the Alberta College of Pharmacy to stay up-to-date on the program’s requirements.