Acceptance of the College’s Practice Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE) for Intern-Level Structured Practical Training

Approved: February 2016

Revised: November 2016


Pharmacist applicants are currently required to demonstrate their entry-to-practice competency at the student-level and then at the intern-level. The College’s Structured Practical Training (SPT) Program was designed as a graduated system of development and assessment with the expectation that a candidate who has successfully completed SPT Internship has demonstrated their readiness for practice as a pharmacist. Students and interns have the same scope of practice, and perform the same professional activities in PACE to demonstrate that they have met the entry-to-practice competencies for the profession. The assessment tool and benchmark for successful completion of PACE are identical for both students and interns. This policy recognizes that a candidate who has successfully completed the College’s Practice Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE) while registered as a student has also met the intern-level practical training requirement.


Policy

An applicant who has successfully completed the College’s Practice Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE) while registered as a student will have met the structured practical training requirement for pharmacist registration despite not being registered as an intern at the time.


Process

The candidate will undertake PACE while registered as a student. The College will review the PACE assessor’s ratings to determine if the candidate has demonstrated competence.


Decision Criteria

This policy is only applicable where the applicant:

  1. Was registered as a student; and
  2. Has successfully completed PACE.

Possible Outcomes

SPT Internship requirement met

The candidate will move forward in the pharmacist registration process.

SPT Internship requirement not met

The candidate will be required to complete development and then reattempt PACE until successfully completed.


Legislative references

Additional references


College Contact: Registration Programs