Injection Training Requirements and Courses
In order to administer injections in Ontario, pharmacists must:
- Successfully complete an OCP-approved course for pharmacist injection training
- Maintain valid certification in CPR and First Aid (the equivalent of St. John Ambulance or Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR/AED (Level C)
- Before administering injections pharmacists must register their training with the College
Once the training is registered, it will appear on the pharmacist’s record in “Find a Pharmacy or Pharmacy Professional” and can be validated by patients, public health units and other health professionals.
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.
OCP also recognizes injection authority obtained with another regulatory body in Canada, since the injection training in these provinces addresses the same 15 competencies for pharmacist injection education that were approved by OCP Council.
The following organizations provide pharmacist injection education courses in Ontario:
- Ontario Pharmacists Association — Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program
- Pear Healthcare Solutions — Injection Training
- RxBriefcase (Advancing Practice) — Education Program for Immunization Competencies
- University of Toronto — Immunization and Injections for Pharmacists
Find a list of current course offerings on the CE for Pharmacists page under “Immunizations and Injections”.
Graduates of the University of Waterloo (2012 onward) and graduates of the University of Toronto (2013 onward) have received the appropriate injection training as part of their curriculum. They also need to have valid CPR and First Aid (the equivalent of the Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR/AED (Level C)) before registering their training with the College.