PACE assessors supervise a candidate to help the College determine if that candidate has met the practical registration requirement.
Assessors directly observe the candidate over a specified period of time. Once this period is over, they use the validated Ontario Pharmacy Patient Care Assessment Tool (OPPCAT) to rate the candidate’s ability to demonstrate the entry-to-practice competencies outlined in the PACE Assessment Criteria, and then submit their completed assessment to the College.
The College applies a standardized scoring rubric to the assessor’s ratings to determine if the candidate has successfully demonstrated their competence at entry-to-practice or if additional development is required.
The College looks for the following when selecting assessors:
For a detailed explanation of the requirements to become an assessor, please view our PACE Assessor Criteria.
Assessors who have already supervised a PACE candidate reported that having a candidate at their pharmacy had a positive impact, and they learned some great ideas from their candidate that actually ended up helping to improve their own practice. To read more about the experiences of the assessors in our pre-pilot program, read the article “Leadership, Learning, and Giving Back.”
Those interested in applying to be an assessor are asked to complete this application form, provide a reference who can comment on their suitability as an assessor, and then email the form back to email@example.com.
The College will review the application and may contact potential candidates for further information. Selected applicants will be required to successfully complete assessor training and attend an assessor training workshop before they can be appointed a PACE assessor.
For questions or more information on PACE, please email firstname.lastname@example.org