Each pharmacy regulatory authority (PRA) requires candidates to complete a structured practical training program and/or an assessment. Completing the training program and assessment as indicated by the PRA ensures that IPGs will have experience in a pharmacy patient care setting and can meet the national entry-to-practice competency standards. Each province has a different requirement for the number of hours of structured practical training and the assessment.
Candidates wishing to be licensed in British Columbia must complete their structured practical training through the Canadian Pharmacy Practice Programme (CP3) offered at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The first 12 weeks of this bridging program are conducted in classrooms followed by a session of 12.5 weeks of practicum.
The Ontario College of Pharmacist (OCP) does not have structured practical training. Instead, candidates wishing to be licensed in Ontario must successfully complete the Practice Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE). The PACE assessment criteria measures are based on the NAPRA Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Pharmacists. Candidates are encouraged to obtain experience before applying for PACE.