Frequently Asked Questions about Administering Injections

I obtained my injection training outside of Ontario — is this transferable and can I administer injections in Ontario?

To administer injections in Ontario, you must successfully complete the training provided through your Ontario university curriculum or an OCP-approved course. All OCP-approved courses have obtained CCCEP competency-mapped accreditation, which addresses the 15 competencies for pharmacist injection education, as approved by OCP Council. View a full listing of all CCCEP competency-mapped accredited courses.

Can a pharmacy intern or registered pharmacy student administer vaccines?

Yes, pharmacy interns and registered pharmacy students can administer vaccines if they have fulfilled the requirements of completing injection training and maintaining up to date First Aid and CPR certifications. In the case of influenza vaccine, students and interns must be practicing at a pharmacy registered with the annual Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP).

Your supervising pharmacist must have registered their injection training with the College. For further guidance, see OCP’s policy on Supervision of Pharmacy Students and Interns.

All injections must be administered in accordance with the College’s Administering a Substance by Injection or Inhalation Guideline.


Does my supervisor need to have registered their injection training with the College in order for me to administer injections?

Yes. Your supervisor must have completed an OCP-approved injection training course, ensured their First Aid and CPR certification is up to date, and registered their training with the College in order for you to administer an injection under their supervision. For further guidance on the role of your supervisor, see OCP’s policy on Supervision of Pharmacy Students and Interns.