Extension of Validity of Structured Practical Evaluation for Pharmacy Technician Applicants Practising in a Hospital Pharmacy

Approved: August 2013

Revised: November 2016

Reviewed: November 2016

This policy allows College staff to be able to extend the validity of Structured Practical Evaluation (SPE) for former pharmacy assistants who wish to become regulated pharmacy technicians and who have not been able to complete the registration process within two years after successfully completing the registration training requirement without having to be referred to a panel of the Registration Committee to consider if they have maintained the currency of their knowledge, skills and judgment.


A former pharmacy assistant working within the pharmacy technician’s scope of practice in a hospital pharmacy and who has met all of the registration requirements but whose Structured Practical Evaluation (SPE) validity has expired may proceed with registration without having to be referred to a panel of the Registration Committee.


The pharmacy technician applicant must provide a letter from his or her current hospital employer confirming that the applicant has continued to engage in the double check activity. College staff will review the application and supporting material to decide whether this policy can be applied. If this policy can be applied, the applicant’s profile will be updated with the new expiry date for their SPE. The applicant will be notified of the outcome within five to 10 business days.

Decision Criteria

This policy is only applicable where:

  1. The applicant is currently practising in a hospital pharmacy within their full scope of practice;
  2. The applicant has met or is eligible to meet the remaining registration requirements within the next three months; and
  3. In the opinion of the Registrar, there is no reason to believe that the applicant cannot safely practise within their scope of practice.

Possible Outcomes

Validity of SPE extended

The applicant must register as a pharmacy technician immediately once he or she has met all of the registration requirements.

Validity of SPE not extended

The application will be referred to a panel of the Registration Committee.