Common Questions from Potential PACE Assessors

What sort of time commitment is required to be a PACE assessor?

It will take you about one hour to complete the online portion of the PACE assessor training, and you must participate in the one-day training session at the College. In addition to the training required to become an assessor, PACE requires you to coordinate a one-week observation period for your candidate at your practice site, and to directly supervise and observe your candidate’s practice for 70 hours on either a two-week full time or three-week part time basis. You are expected to be an assessor frequently enough to reliably and confidently use the Ontario Pharmacy Patient Care Assessment Tool (OPPCAT).

If you and one of your pharmacist colleagues at the same practice site are interested in being PACE assessors and would like to share the responsibility of directly supervising and observing a candidate’s performance for the 70 hour assessment period, please contact to find out about being co-assessors.

How can I observe a PACE candidate for 70 hours over two or three weeks and still do my own work?

Candidates will naturally engage in practice as if they were the pharmacist while you observe their performance and continue to work side-by-side with them. You will directly supervise your candidate as you would any other student or intern who is new to your practice site, and step in if necessary to ensure your patients receive safe and appropriate care.

You and one of your pharmacist colleagues could also be co-assessors. Please contact us at to discuss this possibility.

What kind of insurance do I need to provide for a PACE candidate?

You and your pharmacy are not required to have additional insurance to supervise a PACE candidate. All students and interns registered with the College are required to have their own Personal Professional Liability Insurance as a registration requirement. Volunteers are not covered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Candidates are told to arrange for their own student accident insurance (sometimes called accidental death and dismemberment or AD&D insurance) to insure themselves in the event of a workplace accident.

I am already a preceptor for a program at the University of Toronto or the University of Waterloo. How does this differ from being a PACE assessor?

If you are a preceptor for the final year clinical rotations for the Ontario pharmacy degree program, you will already be familiar with using the shared Ontario Pharmacy Patient Care Assessment Tool (OPPCAT). In PACE, the assessor role is focused on observing and evaluating the candidate’s practice performance to determine if they now have the knowledge, skills and judgment to enter the profession as a pharmacist.