Practice Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE)

COVID-19 and College Assessments

The College has suspended all competency assessments as of March 18, 2020 for an undetermined period of time to allow pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to focus on providing critical frontline patient care. Applications for these assessments are not available and will not be processed.

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PACE is the practice-based assessment of a pharmacist applicant’s readiness to safely and independently practise as a pharmacist performing the authorized acts of the profession. The PACE Assessment Criteria are based on the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (NAPRA) Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Pharmacists.

Successful completion of PACE is a registration requirement for Ontario pharmacist applicants who graduated from a pharmacy degree program outside of Ontario and who are applying for licensure as a pharmacist in Canada for the first time.

Since the PACE assessment focuses on measuring a candidate’s practice-readiness as a pharmacist, PACE assessors do not provide training on how to practise as a pharmacist. Candidates should have registered as a pharmacy student or intern in Ontario and gained experience practicing in the scope of the profession and/or practised in a similar scope elsewhere before applying for PACE. For more information about preparing for PACE, please see the Candidate Toolkit for PACE.

If you are a pharmacist applicant, a pharmacist interested in becoming a PACE assessor, or a pharmacist interested in helping candidates prepare for PACE, please review this information as well as the more specific information at the bottom of this webpage.