Pharmacy Technician Information
To practise as a pharmacy technician 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 CCAPP-accredited program graduate not previously licensed, a pharmacy technician licensed in another Canadian jurisdiction, an international pharmacy graduate licensed outside of Canada, or a pharmacy technician resuming practice.
One qualification for becoming a licensed pharmacy technician with SCPP is successful completion of a practical assessment. Saskatchewan Polytechnic is offering two courses as part of the pathways to become a licensed pharmacy technician in Saskatchewan. For course and contact information, see Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s practical assessment course listing.
Selkirk College National Bridging Education Program
Application and registration closes three to four weeks before class start dates each semester. For more information, please visit the Selkirk College website.
Intern Registration for Pharmacy Technicians
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Students
All students registered in the Pharmacy Technician program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic are required to register as an intern with the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals (SCPP), the regulatory body of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies in Saskatchewan, before working in a pharmacy as an intern.
Terms and Conditions of Internship
For more information on the conditions of internship, terms of internship, etc., please carefully review the Regulatory Bylaws found on the SCPP website under Legislation.
Every person wishing to become a pharmacy technician intern must make an application to the Registrar on the prescribed form accompanied by (a) certificates 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, (b) the applicable prescribed registration fee(s), and (c) an enrolment verification from Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
SCPP offers online registration through our website at www.saskpharm.ca. Students will receive an email from the SCPP email account (email@example.com) at the appropriate time to inform them of their login credentials. All students are required to login shortly thereafter to complete the registration.
SCPP Contact Information
Throughout the intern registration process, please feel free to contact SCPP at SCPPRegistration.PHARMTECH@saskpharm.ca if you have any questions or concerns
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Graduate
Upon graduation from the Pharmacy Technician program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and having received a Pharmacy Technician diploma, a graduate is eligible to apply for registration and membership with SCPP.
At the appropriate time, an email from firstname.lastname@example.org will be sent to all graduates and a web-based application form will be available for completion. Login credentials will also be provided.
Out-of-Province Trained CCAPP Graduate Candidate
This information applies to candidates who have recently graduated from a CCAPP accredited program, but who are not yet registered in another province and wish to become registered with SCPP. All inquiries can be made to SCPPRegistration.PHARMTECH@saskpharm.ca.
This information applies to practising members registered with a provincial or territorial pharmacy regulatory authority in Canada (but not in Saskatchewan) and who wish to become registered with SCPP.
SCPP has designated the timeframe from proclamation (October 5, 2015) of The Pharmacy and Pharmacy Disciplines Act until December 2018 as a transition period. This time period is meant to allow time for pharmacy assistants currently working in a pharmacy who have at least 2000 hours of pharmacy experience in the last three years in Canada to acquire the bridging training, and the needed examinations and assessments to bring individuals to a common national level of competency and become licensed.
The bridging program is not an alternative to a Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) accredited program for those new to pharmacy or those returning to practice.
By December 31, 2018, the following programs related to pharmacy technician training must be completed:
- Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating Exam
- Selkirk College Bridging Program
By December 31, 2019, the following programs related to pharmacy technician training must be completed:
- Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Exam
- Structured Practical Training
- SCPP Jurisprudence Exam
- All application forms must be submitted and all fees due to SCPP must be paid
If registration requirements are not met by their respective deadlines, the only way to become licensed will be to successfully complete a CCAPP-accredited program and complete the SCPP Graduate pathway.
For more information on the bridging pathway, please review the documents listed on the Pharmacy Technician main page on this website as well as the February 2018 special edition of the SCOPe newsletter for pharmacy technicians. Interested candidates may also contact SCPP at SCPPRegistration.PHARMTECH@saskpharm.ca.
Pharmacy technician members who would like to convert their membership to another membership category 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.
*All persons wishing to reinstate should contact the SCPP office to discuss the requirements of the Act and the bylaws.
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 email@example.com.
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Requirement
To meet the continuing competency/education requirements of the SCPP Regulatory Bylaws, practising pharmacy technicians must have acquired and logged 15 CEUs between April 1 of the previous membership year and June 1 of the current year.
The Professional Development Log for the Saskatchewan pharmacy technicians 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 pharmacy technicians 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.
- Any new registrant as well as University of Saskatchewan BSP and PharmD graduates are required to meet the full yearly continuing education requirement. There is no grace period.
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. The online application for renewal will include a "Form 1-Declaration of Acceptable Malpractice Insurance."
Non-practising, associate and retired members are not required to hold malpractice insurance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-584-2292.