To practise as a pharmacist in Saskatchewan, an individual must be registered and licensed with the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals (SCPP).
While all applicants must meet the same requirements and qualifications, there are different pathways to licensure, depending on whether an applicant is a graduate not previously licensed, a pharmacist licensed in another Canadian jurisdiction, an international pharmacy graduate licensed outside of Canada, or a pharmacist resuming practice.
Effective April 17, 2020, the internship category was extended to include new graduates who have not yet passed their Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying examinations. The extended internship category permanently replaces the previous 'Conditional Practising’ licence category for new graduates.
Prescriptive Authority and Minor Ailments
It is mandatory for all Saskatchewan pharmacists to complete Level I Prescriptive Authority training (including Minor Ailment Basics Level 1 training if practising in a self-care environment) for membership. The training is offered through the Continuing Professional Development for Pharmacy Professionals (CPDPP).
Intern Registration for Pharmacists
Every person wishing to become an intern must make an application to the Registrar on the online prescribed form accompanied by:
- certificates (letters) from two reputable citizens of the community, each of whom has known said applicant at least two years, certifying that the applicant is a person of good moral character, and
- information establishing the character and suitability to practise of the applicant, including a criminal record check (CRC) or such other information from law enforcement or the applicant as may be required by the Registrar. The University of Saskatchewan and the College have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that allows the College to accept the CRC students must complete prior to enrollment at the University. The MOU extends until the end of the internship;
- the applicable prescribed registration fee(s); and
- an enrolment verification from the University of Saskatchewan.
Terms and Conditions of Internship
For more information on the conditions of internship, terms of internship, etc., please carefully review the Regulatory Bylaws Part B, including but not limited to amendments to sections 5 and 6 and Part C and Part E found on the SCPP website under Legislation.
University of Saskatchewan Students
For the PharmD program, first-year students in the in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan are required to register as interns with SCPP before they can begin the Phar188.2EL placement in the fall of their first year.
Students who wish to become interns at SCPP and are attending a Canadian university not in Saskatchewan are asked to contact the SCPP office.
University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Graduate
The requirements for a graduate to become a licensed member are as follows:
- Convocation with a BSP or PharmD degree from the U of S. This includes completion of the required Prescriptive Authority courses, the SPEP program and whatever other requirements are dictated by the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. Proof of your convocation is supplied to SCPP by the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.
- Successful completion of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualification Exam, both Part I (MCQ) and Part II (OSCE). Acceptable proof of this is a copy of the letter the candidate receives from the PEBC confirming this designation.
- Completion of the prescribed membership and registration online application form, which includes declaration of acceptable malpractice insurance for the duration of the membership year being applied for, a current Criminal Record Check, as well as the applicable registration and membership fees.
Note: Advanced Method Certification is not a requirement of licensure. However, in order to inject, the training and declaration must be completed and a certificate provided. This also includes current First Aid and CPR, as specified by SCPP Council.
This information applies to practising members registered with a provincial or territorial pharmacy regulatory authority in Canada other than in Saskatchewan and who wish to become registered with SCPP.
IMPORTANT: Temporary Suspension of the Appraisal Training and Assessment (ATA) Program
Given the emerging information about the COVID-19 virus and the increased demands on health care workers, including pharmacists, the College is suspending the appraisal training and assessment program. SCPP is not accepting any new applications for either appraisal training or assessment. The suspension of the appraisal training and assessment program will continue until further notice.
International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs) and Former Members Returning to Practice
The Appraisal Training & Assessment (ATA) Program for International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs) and former members returning to practice is accepting applicants.
International Pharmacy Graduates (IPG) wishing to register with SCPP and have not yet initiated the licensure process with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) to date, please refer to the NAPRA Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada for information on beginning this process.
For candidates who began the registration process with PEBC prior to August 2014, please contact us by email with your name, phone number, email address, date of birth and previous/current licensure in other jurisdictions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Former members wishing to return to practice can contact us by email with your name, phone number, email address, date of birth and previous/current licensure in other jurisdictions at email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: SCPP primarily communicates with applicants by email. Applicants are expected to check their email regularly and make sure their email settings will allow SCPP emails to reach their inbox. Inquiries will be answered in the order that your email was received.
Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada
Since August 20, 2014, all international pharmacy graduates (IPGs) who wish to obtain a licence to practise pharmacy in Saskatchewan will follow a new procedure.* The term IPGs refers to pharmacists who have obtained their pharmacy education outside of Canada.
As one of Canada’s pharmacy regulatory authorities (PRAs), SCPP has entrusted our national association, the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), to develop a new, national approach to facilitate the licensure process for IPGs and to eliminate duplication.
This new program – the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada – will now be the first point of access rather than the PRA. To help IPGs navigate the licensure process and facilitate their preparation for licensure in Canada, the Gateway provides a website with key information online and through telephone support; and features two self-assessment tools which assist IPGs to make an informed decision before starting the process to become licensed as a pharmacist in Canada. For IPGs wishing to practise in Canada, the process of obtaining a licence begins with enrolment in the Gateway.
The College believes the Gateway presents a simple, transparent and safe way to facilitate the pathway to licensure for IPGs wishing to live and work in Canada.
All categories of SCPP membership require annual renewal. In April of each year, an advisory is emailed, discussing procedures and requirements for membership renewal, including any changes to the renewal process.
How to Renew
The Membership Renewal Application Form is a web-based form available on this site through the secure “Member Login” portal page. Forgotten passwords can be sent to members by clicking the link just below the login screen.
Deadline for Renewal
Online application, fees, and requirements must be received by the SCPP office on or before June 1 of the renewal year or be subject to a late payment penalty fee.
Memberships not renewed by June 30 will be terminated. If you know that you will be terminating your membership, please email SCPP to advise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, SCPP has extended, with no late penalty, the renewal deadline to June 30, 2020. However, we encourage members to renew early to aid in SCPP internal processing time.
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Requirement
To meet the continuing competency/education requirements of the SCPP Regulatory Bylaws, practising pharmacists must have acquired and logged 15 CEUs between April 1 of the previous membership year and June 1 of the current year.
Note: for the 2020-2021 Registration renewal has been extended to June 30, 2020, including CEU requirements.
The Professional Development Log for the Saskatchewan pharmacists learning portfolio is available on the Continuing Professional Development for Pharmacy Professionals (CPDPP) website. The paper log is not required to be submitted to SCPP; a declaration will be available in the online renewal application.
- Non-practising pharmacists should also meet the CEU requirement to convert more readily to a practising membership in the future.
- Associate and retired members do not need to meet the continuing competency requirement.
- New U of S graduates are required to meet the continuing education requirement upon licensure.
It is the responsibility of practising members to meet the bylaw requirements for malpractice insurance each year. The insurance policy must be applicable to the membership year applied for. Within the online application for renewal, a "Form 1-Declaration of Acceptable Malpractice Insurance" is included.
Non-practising, associate and retired members are not required to hold malpractice insurance.
Criminal Record Checks
Effective April 1, 2020, SCPP requires a criminal record check from all current members by the end of the 2020-2021 registration year, which includes existing members seeking membership renewals and medical practitioners (who are registered as Licensed Pharmacists). Further instructions will be provided after July 1, 2020.
For more details, please see the Criminal Record Check Policy Document and FAQs.
Advance Method Certification (AMC) and First Aid / CPR Requirements
The below outlines what is expected of a member who wishes to administer medications by injection and other Routes - SCPP Advance Method Certification (AMC).
In order to provide medications by injection and other routes, SCPP requires that you maintain current First Aid and CPR Level C certification, complete all required training available through Continuing Professional Development for Pharmacy Professionals (CPDPP) and properly declare AMC during licence renewal.
Please review your practising licence. If you see the word “Conditions” and an “A” this means you have NOT fulfilled one or more of the three requirements as stated above and may NOT provide medications by injection or other routes until such time as you have completed all requirements. Please contact the office for more information.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting physical distancing requirements, we have learned that in-person courses previously available to recertify for First Aid and CPR Level C are being postponed. As a result, some providers are extending their certificate expiry dates. The onus is on the member to determine if their First Aid and CPR Level C training is expired, and/or if any extension to the expiration date is being provided by the training agency.
If your provider has offered an extension, retain written proof of the extension for your records.
Some common CPR and First Aid providers include the following:
SCPP is monitoring the situation regarding First Aid and CPR Level C training and will provide more information as it becomes available, but we encourage all members to check with their training provider.
If your First Aid and CPR Level C certification is expired and you are unable to obtain proof that your certification has been extended, you should not provide medications by injection until you can re-certify.
Once you complete your First Aid and CPR Level C recertification, you will need to reapply from your member portal for your AMC with SCPP and once approved, you may then begin to administer drugs by injection.
We encourage you to explore on-line options which may be available currently to renew a portion of your First Aid and CPR Level C certificate in advance of in-person training.
In the March edition of SCOPe we reported in error that all CPR and First Aid certificates had been extended until September 30, 2020. We have since confirmed that certificates from certain providers may be extended 90 days. Again, please check with your service provider.
Fees may be paid by MasterCard, Visa or cheque.
- If paying by credit card in the online application form, select PAY NOW.
- If paying by cheque, select INVOICE ME and mail the cheque and invoice to the SCPP office.
Applications will only be approved upon receipt of all requirements and fees.
For further information, clarification or assistance in completing your online renewal, contact the SCPP office at email@example.com or call 306-584-2292.
Membership Conversion During Renewal
Pharmacist members who would like to convert their membership to another membership category during renewal should contact the SCPP office to ensure all requirements have been met before proceeding online.
Once all requirements have been met, the member can click on the CONVERT & RENEW button on the portal homepage. The first step will be to complete the conversion application and then to renew in the new category.
Less than one membership year*
As per the SCPP bylaws, when the name of a member has been removed from the register due to non-payment of the prescribed fee(s) and the person wishes to be reinstated as a member, the person must register with the College within one membership year of the date of termination by meeting the requirements of the Act and the bylaws, including, without limitation, section 1 of Part E.8, completing the required forms and paying the prescribed fee(s).
More than one membership year*
Additionally, any person whose membership has been allowed to lapse for a period of more than one membership year may only be reinstated as a member upon Council approval, meeting the requirements in these bylaws for the membership category applied for, and according to any other terms and conditions prescribed by Council.
*Those wishing to reinstate should contact the SCPP office to discuss the requirements of the Act and the bylaws.
Membership Conversion Outside of Renewal
Should a member wish to convert their membership from Non-Practising to Practising outside of the membership annual renewal, they should contact the SCPP office.