Provisional pharmacy technicians are recognized on the provisional pharmacy technician register for training. Structured Practical Training (SPT) is the supervised competency-based training period that allows provisional pharmacy technicians the opportunity to practise their skills in a supervised practical environment. The objective of the SPT program is for the provisional pharmacy technician to develop competence and confidence in applying the skills required to be a pharmacy technician, and thus requires the attendance and direct oversight of a supervising pharmacy technician or pharmacist. Skill development and evaluation is the primary intent of the program, not the accumulation of hours.
The SPT program consists of three levels and a minimum of 800 hours, but additional hours can be expected in order to demonstrate entry-to-practice competencies. According to the SPT rules, Canadian graduates of a Canadian Council for Accredited Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) accredited pharmacy technician program may start at Level 2 of the SPT program, if they start their SPT within two years of graduation. If it has been more than two years since graduation, Canadian graduates are required to complete the entire SPT program, starting at Level 1.
Before starting the SPT program, you will need to complete the following:
For more information on the SPT program, please refer to the SPT manual, SPT logbook, SPT forms, and the Demonstration of Proficiency of Product Release (100 final checks).