SPT Preceptor Criteria

Approved: July 2009 (technician applicants)

Revised: November 2019

This policy defines who the Registration Committee has determined may be an approved preceptor for the College’s Structured Practical Training (SPT) Program.

Policy

A pharmacy technician or pharmacist who is an experienced practitioner, good role model, and objective evaluator, and has met the training requirements will qualify to be a SPT preceptor.

This policy also applies to pharmacy technicians and pharmacists who wish to be co-preceptors.

This policy does not apply to pharmacy technicians and pharmacists who have been delegated secondary supervision of a pharmacy technician applicant during their SPT.

Process

The pharmacy technician or pharmacist must complete the preceptor training requirements outlined in the Information for SPT Preceptors, and then submit the Declaration of Preceptor Training.  College staff will review the pharmacy technician or pharmacist’s file before deciding if they meet the Decision Criteria to be a preceptor. The pharmacy technician or pharmacist will be notified of the outcome of the review within two business days.

Decision criteria

Experienced practitioner

The proposed SPT preceptor must have been registered and practicing in a similar scope of practice in a Canadian jurisdiction for at least one year.

Good role model

The proposed SPT preceptor must:

  1. Be a member in good standing with the College without any terms, conditions or limitations on his/her certificate of registration, other than those applicable to all members of the class in which the preceptor holds a certificate of registration;
  2. Have not, within the last six years, been:
    • found to have committed an act of professional misconduct;
    • determined to be incompetent; or
    • to have been found to be incapacitated;
  3. Not currently be the subject of any allegations of professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity that have been referred to, but not yet decided, by the Discipline or Fitness to Practise Committee (as appropriate);
  4. Be practising for a minimum of 18 hours per week in their relevant scope of practice in Ontario; and
  5. Practise in a setting that meets the SPT Practice Site Criteria.

Objective evaluator

The proposed SPT preceptor must:
  1. Only directly supervise one SPT pharmacy technician applicant at a time;
  2. Directly supervise the applicant for a minimum of 18 hours per week; and
  3. Not have a conflict of interest (e.g., direct or indirect familial relationship, financial or business connection) with the applicant that may compromise the validity of the assessment process.
Trained preceptor

The proposed SPT preceptor must:

  1. Have successfully completed within the past three years the preceptor training requirements specified by College staff (e.g., recognized online preceptor training modules);
  2. Be currently qualified to be a preceptor for the:
    • University of Toronto, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy – Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations
    • University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy — Fourth-year direct patient care rotations; or
  3. Have been actively engaged as a preceptor and successfully completed any additional preceptor training requirements specified by College staff.
Possible outcomes

SPT Preceptor Criteria met

If the pharmacy technician or pharmacist meets the Decision Criteria, they will be added to the list of preceptors and notified within two business days.

SPT Preceptor Criteria not met

If the pharmacy technician or pharmacist does not meet all of the Decision Criteria, they will be notified within two business days.

Legislative references
Additional references

College Contact: Registration Programs