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Questions about SPT admission criteria

As the regulatory body, ACP must ensure competent, safe, and effective pharmacy practice in Alberta and that only qualified individuals are registered. As one of the core registration requirements for entry to practice, the SPT program’s main objective is for provisional pharmacists to develop and demonstrate the competence and confidence required to be a pharmacist in Alberta.

ACP is committed to building more rigour within its SPT program over the next five years. ACP’s goal is to provide a high quality, standardized experience that includes evaluation throughout and at conclusion of the experience. Ultimately, successful candidates must be proficient in practising in the context of Alberta’s health system.

On January 8, 2020, ACP communicated that Council approved enhanced rules for the SPT program for provisional pharmacists, to support a more consistent learning experience for candidates. These enhanced rules apply to any new applicant to the provisional pharmacist register as of March 16, 2020. The new rules will support provisional pharmacists in developing and demonstrating the entry to practice competencies and skills required to practise pharmacy in Canada. The enhanced rules also help to standardize experiences and ensure that all pharmacists admitted to the clinical register are equally prepared to practise within Alberta’s system.
The new rules apply to any new applicant to the provisional pharmacist register as of March 16, 2020. If you registered as a provisional pharmacist prior to March 16, 2020, the new rules do not affect you unless the term of your practice permit expires.

Yes. the new rules apply to any new or returning applicant to the provisional pharmacist register as of March 16, 2020.

No. If you are applying to the provisional pharmacist register as an international pharmacy graduate, you must either provide evidence of successful completion of an approved bridging program OR secure an experienced preceptor for level one and submit the experienced preceptor declaration form.

No. If you are applying to the provisional pharmacist register as an international pharmacy graduate, you must either secure an experienced preceptor for level one and submit the experienced preceptor declaration form OR provide evidence of successful completion of an approved bridging program.

The Alberta College of Pharmacy does not provide a pre-approved preceptor list. It is the provisional pharmacist's responsibility to find an eligible preceptor. A considerable number of pharmacists precept pharmacy students of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and several hundred pharmacists should meet the requirements for an experienced preceptor.

You are required to complete SPT in accordance with the SPT rules. If you are applying to the provisional pharmacist register as an international pharmacy graduate, you also have the option to provide evidence of successful completion of an approved bridging program.

No, only if you are an international pharmacy graduate who registered on the provisional register after March 16, 2020 and have not completed an approved bridging program.

A preceptor must meet the SPT rules for an approved preceptor.

If you are looking for an experienced preceptor, in addition to meeting all the SPT rules for an approved preceptor, they must also have precepted at least two pharmacy students in their final year of a Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) accredited Canadian pharmacy program within the last three years.

You will need the potential preceptor to confirm whether they are eligible. The requirements for an experienced preceptor are outlined in the experienced preceptor declaration form. If applicable, this form is to be completed by the preceptor and submitted to ACP by the intern.

Please allow up to five business days for verification and approval. Once the form is approved, you will be notified via email. You are then required to log into the SPT portal and submit preceptor and site information prior to starting each level. SPT hours for each level may only commence after an eligible preceptor has accepted their role as your preceptor through the SPT portal. Other than submitting this form prior to each level of SPT, all other program activities and assessments are facilitated through the SPT portal.