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Structured Practical Training (SPT) for pharmacy technicians

What is Structured Practical Training (SPT) for pharmacy technicians?

Structured Practical Training for pharmacy technicians is a supervised competency-based training period that includes regular assessment by a pharmacist or regulated technician. This training allows soon-to-be-regulated technicians the opportunity to practice their skills in a supervised practical environment before assuming sole responsibility.

The SPT program is divided into three levels:

Level 1 – minimum 320 hours

  • Acquire and/or demonstrate competencies at an acceptable level
  • Focus on the provision of drug distribution
  • This level may be completed as part of your CCAPP-accredited pharmacy technician program practicum

Level 2 – minimum 320 hours

  • Demonstrate competencies proficiently
  • Demonstrate professionalism, management knowledge and skills, and quality assurance

Level 3 – minimum 160 hours

  • Work independently, acting as a pharmacy technician
  • Demonstrate proficiency of product release, specifically ensuring the accuracy and quality of the final product

The hours listed are minimums. To complete each level, you must demonstrate the required competencies; additional time may be required to do so.

See the SPT manual for more information.

Completing Structured Practical Training for pharmacy technicians

Step 1: Complete a CCAPP-accredited pharmacy technician training program

Step 2: Register with ACP

Step 3: Find a site and a preceptor

  • Your preceptor must be a pharmacist or pharmacy technician who has been registered with ACP for two years or more
  • You must not be in a close personal relationship with your preceptor
  • Your site must be a licensed community or hospital pharmacy in good standing with ACP

Step 4: Notify ACP

Step 5: Self-assessment

Step 6: Complete SPT program

Step 7: Post-SPT

  • You will remain enrolled in the SPT program until you are ready to apply to the pharmacy technician register
  • Once you’ve completed Level 3 of the SPT program, complete and submit the pharmacy technician post-SPT form

Structured Practical Training forms


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