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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.

Getting started

Before starting the SPT program, you will need to complete the following:

  1. Register on the provisional pharmacy technician register (in myACP).
  2. Review the SPT manual and logbook for pharmacy technicians.
  3. Seek an eligible site and preceptor.
    • Eligibility information can be found in the SPT manual.
      • An eligible preceptor must meet the following requirements:
        • registered on the ACP pharmacy technician register or ACP clinical pharmacist register for a minimum of two years,
        • no restrictions on their practice permit that will impact ability to provide a good learning experience,
        • no outstanding complaints that have been referred to a Hearing Tribunal, and
        • not in a close personal relationship with the provisional pharmacy technician being precepted.
      • If you are an internationally educated pharmacy technician (IEPT) and your proposed preceptor is a pharmacist (not a pharmacy technician), in addition to meeting the above requirements, the pharmacist must also have precepted at least two pharmacy technician students in a CCAPP-accredited pharmacy technician program within the last three years (experienced preceptor).
  4. Prior to starting each level, submit the SPT notification form to ACP for approval.

Completing the SPT program

  1. Once your preceptor has been approved, refer to the SPT Manual and Logbook for pharmacy technicians and the SPT forms to complete the SPT program.
    • At the start of each SPT level, complete a self assessment using the assessment form. Share this with your preceptor.
    • Use the SPT logbook to record your activities throughout the program.
  1. At the end of each SPT level, submit the following to ACP within 30 days:
  1. During Level 3, complete the Demonstration of Proficiency of Product Release (100 final checks).

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).