Structured Practical Training

Structured Practical Training (SPT) is the in-service training requirement for registration as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in Ontario. The SPT Program allows participants — commonly referred to as preceptees — to develop their competence and demonstrate their readiness for practice in Ontario. Preceptees include registered pharmacy students, interns and pharmacy technician applicants.

Beginning on January 18, 2017, all registered pharmacy students applying to begin the practice-based assessment requirement of their registration process in Ontario outside of their educational program will instead go through the College’s Practice Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE). The SPT Program will continue for interns and students who have already started their SPT Studentship. The SPT Program will also continue for all pharmacy technician applicants.

The SPT Program allows preceptees to:

  • Apply the knowledge and skills learned in the academic setting and in previous work settings to actual patients and situations
  • Establish collaborative relationships with other health care professionals
  • Improve professional judgment through experience
  • Refine communication and problem-solving skills
  • Gain new knowledge and understanding of pharmacy practice issues in Ontario
  • Develop self-assessment skills on the road to life-long learning

For an overview of the SPT Program please review:

Full-time SPT requires 35 hours of practise per week for a minimum of 12 weeks. Two part-time models are also available. The program is completed under the supervision of a qualified preceptor. Preceptees complete structured activities and reflect on their performance through self-assessments as they proceed through the program. Both activities and assessments were developed to reflect entry-to-practice competencies published by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).

Assessments are used to document the preceptee's progress and highlight areas for further development. The assessments are completed both by the preceptee and their preceptor throughout the training.

There are three types of SPT:

SPT Studentship (Pharmacists)

  • Requirement to register as an intern in Ontario
  • Graduates from CCAPP or ACPE-accredited programs are deemed to have met this requirement within their program
  • International pharmacy graduates must complete SPT Studentship
  • Students must register as an intern within one year of successfully completing SPT Studentship
  • Apply online

SPT Internship (Pharmacists)

  • Requirement to register as a pharmacist in Ontario
  • Graduates from the two Ontario universities’ entry level PharmD program are deemed to have met this requirement within their educational program
  • Interns must complete their final application for registration as a pharmacist within two years from the time they successfully complete SPT Internship
  • Apply online

SPT for Pharmacy Technician Applicants

  • Requirement to register as a pharmacy technician in Ontario
  • Pharmacy technician applicants must complete their final application for registration within two years from the time they conclude SPT Training
  • Apply online
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