Part-Time Completion of Structured Practical Training

Approved: April 2011

Revised: June 2021

Reviewed: May 2023

The Structured Practical Training (SPT) Program for pharmacy technician applicants approved by Council is based on a full time model of 35 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks.

This policy defines the two part-time models for SPT that the Registration Committee has approved:

  • ¾ time SPT model at 24 hours per week for a minimum of 18 weeks
  • ½ time SPT model at 18 hours per week for a minimum of 24 weeks

The preceptor must supervise the pharmacy technician applicant for a minimum of 18 hours per week in the full-time SPT program and both part-time SPT models.


An applicant may complete the SPT program on a three-quarter or half-time basis.

The applicant who wishes to complete his or her SPT on a part-time basis must choose the part-time model they wish to follow on his or her initial SPT application. The part-time schedule and longer duration of training will be included in the training request that the proposed preceptor receives. The preceptor’s acceptance of the training request will confirm his or her willingness to accommodate the part-time schedule.

An applicant who wishes to modify his or her SPT time commitments after starting training must submit a request in writing prior to changing his or her schedule. College staff will consider the request, and may request additional information, including a record or schedule of the actual training time already completed by the applicant, and the preceptor’s assessment of the applicant’s progress to date. The applicant will be notified of the decision within five to 10 business days.

Decision Criteria

SPT may be completed on a part-time basis if:

  1. The proposed preceptor has agreed to accommodate the part-time or revised schedule;
  2. The proposed schedule meets the minimum training and supervision time requirements for the selected model; and
  3. The SPT Preceptor Criteria and the SPT/SPE Practice Site Criteria are met.
Possible Outcomes

Part-time SPT allowed

The applicant will be allowed to commence his or her SPT on a part-time basis, or to modify his or her schedule to a part-time model, and the applicant’s Training Portal file will be adjusted to reflect the relevant model.

Part-time SPT not allowed

In the case of exceptional circumstances, the applicant’s request will be referred to a panel of the Registration Committee.


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