The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Pilot Program to Prepare for Practical Training (P4T).

P4T is a national pilot project that aims to provide access to tools, resources and a mentorship program to specifically address the learning and skill gaps that have been identified as barriers to success for international pharmacy graduates pursuing licensure as a pharmacist in Canada.

The project has three main components which support a smoother entry to pharmacy practice in Canada.

Mentorship Program

The mentorship program provides a supportive environment with an experienced pharmacist who will mentor and work with an international pharmacy graduate (mentee) to develop and implement a learning plan based on the competencies that pharmacists in Canada require at entry to practice.

International pharmacy graduates participating in the mentorship program will gain paid practical experience during a 4 to 12-week placement. This video explains how the program benefits both mentors and mentees.

More information can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Due to the volume of applicants, the intake for the P4T mentorship program has been closed, and we are no longer accepting new applications. Eligible applications received by April 6, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET have been put on a waiting list. In the event that there are available mentorship spots, individuals on the waiting list will be contacted. Applications are still being accepted for the Diagnostic Tool and Learning Modules. More information is available below.

Diagnostic Tool

This online tool is an interactive resource to assess three areas of knowledge, identifying opportunities for improvement by directing users to one or more of the three learning modules listed below.

Learning Modules

Based on the results provided by the Diagnostic Tool, an international pharmacy graduate may be directed to one or more of the interactive online learning modules to further develop knowledge and skills relevant to Canadian pharmacy practice. 

The learning modules focus on:

  • Knowledge of the Canadian healthcare system
  • Cultural diversity and awareness
  • Professional communication

The number of spaces for participants in the Diagnostic Tool and Learning Module platform is limited, and participation is by application only for candidates who:

  • are international pharmacy graduates;
  • can show proof of meeting NAPRA’s language proficiency requirements;
  • have successfully completed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s Evaluation Examination.

International pharmacy graduates who wish to apply to participate in the Diagnostic Tool and Learning Modules are invited to complete an application.

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