Practice Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE) for Pharmacy Technician Applicants


  • Later this year, the College’s Structured Practical Training Program (SPT) will be replaced by the College’s Practice Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE). PACE will become the practice-based registration requirement for pharmacy technician applicants who are not already licensed in another Canadian jurisdiction. This page provides information on this upcoming change.
  • Some of the materials to be linked from this page are being finalized. These materials will be posted as they become available.
What is Practice Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE)?

PACE is the practice-based assessment of an applicant’s readiness to safely and independently practise as a pharmacy technician performing the authorized acts of the profession. The evaluation tool used in PACE is based on the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (NAPRA) Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Pharmacy Technicians.

Successful completion of PACE is a requirement for those applying for licensure as a pharmacy technician in Canada for the first time. Those already licensed as a pharmacy technician in Ontario or another Canadian province or territory are not required to complete PACE.

Since the PACE assessment focuses on measuring a candidate’s practice-readiness as a pharmacy technician, PACE assessors do not provide training. Candidates should be familiar with the scope of the profession and/or have practiced in a similar scope elsewhere before applying for PACE. For more information about preparing for PACE, please see the Candidate Toolkit for PACE for Pharmacy Technician Applicants.

Why is the College Replacing the Structured Practical Training (SPT) Program with PACE?

As of December 31, 2024, Ontario health regulatory colleges are not permitted to require Canadian experience as a registration requirement. The College’s SPT Program—with its training and assessment components—is seen as requiring pharmacy technician applicants to have Canadian experience. [References: Section 16.2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c. 18 ( and subsection 4. (3) of O. Reg. 508/22: REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS (]. PACE for pharmacy technician applicants offers a practice-based, assessment-only model that ensures candidates have demonstrated their entry-to-practice readiness.

When will the change happen?

To support the transition from the Structured Practical Training (SPT) program to the Practice Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE) model, the SPT program will begin winding down this fall.

  • September 3, 2024: Last day for pharmacy technician applicants to apply for SPT
  • September 16, 2024: Last day for pharmacy technician applicants to start their SPT
  • October 2024: PACE applications open for pharmacy technician applicants
  • December 31, 2024: PACE is fully implemented as the practice-based assessment for pharmacy technician applicants. SPT is no longer available.