Continuing Education Requirement for License Renewal
According to the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals to meet the continuing competency/education requirements of the SCPP Regulatory Bylaws, practicing members must have acquired and logged 15 CEUs (accredited and/or non-accredited) between April 1 of the previous membership year and June 1 of the current year.
For example, for the 2023-2024 membership year pharmacy professionals acquire CEUs between April 1, 2022 and June 1, 2023.
- Non-practising members should also meet the CEU requirement to convert more readily to a practising membership in the future.
- Associate and retired members do not need to meet the continuing competency requirement.
- Any new registrant as well as University of Saskatchewan BSP and PharmD graduates are required to meet the full yearly continuing education requirement. There is no grace period.
There are two categories of professional development activities that will be considered for CEU credit. Each CEU claimed should be relevant to the practice of pharmacy.
- Accredited continuing education activities
- Non-accredited professional development activities
Each non-accredited professional development learning activity is eligible for a maximum of four CEUs except for long term projects which are eligible for a maximum of 15 CEUs each. There is no limit on the number of professional development learning activities that can be included per licensing year.
There are no CEU carryover allowed in the total requirements for a licensing year.
Accredited CE programs have met specific quality standards and are approved by a recognized accrediting organization. These standards are in place to ensure the program content is evidence-based, current, and unbiased. The accreditation process also confirms that the course material is learner focused, interactive, and relevant to pharmacy professionals and their practice.
SCPP recognizes the following continuing education organizations:
- Continuing Professional Development for Pharmacy Professionals (CPDPP)
- Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP)
- American Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
- 1 hour CPDPP CEU = 1 CEU
- 0.1 ACPE credit = 1 CEU
The term professional development encompasses a broader scope of learning activities. You may find that accredited continuing education programs do not meet all your learning needs and developing skills and/or knowledge in other areas such as management, communication, or computer skills would enhance your professional learning. Non-accredited professional development activities will be eligible for CEUs if they plan to address an identified need in your practice. Consider only the time in which you are acquiring new information or relating it to your practice (1 hour of non-accredited learning = 1 CEU).
Examples of Non-accredited Activities
- Organized group or structured self-study programs
- Non-accredited workshops, conferences, courses, and educational sessions.
- Programs accredited for other healthcare professionals. e.g. MainPro+, MOC
- First Aid and CPR courses.
- Informal learning activities
- Reading journal articles, literature reviews, research or preparing a presentation.
- Discussions with colleagues or experts to extend knowledge on a topic.
- Structured self-assessment programs
- Programs designed to help you identify areas of improvement and assess competency such as rating scales or questionnaires.
- Formalized preceptorship or mentorship
- Working with an expert in the field to develop specific competencies such as a hospital residency program.
- Long Term Professional Development Activity
- There are instances where a single non-accredited learning activity can extend to three months or more. In order to record and receive CEUs for such an activity, a timeline must be developed and progress on the activity must be recorded on a monthly basis. The maximum for any individual long-term CE activity is 15 CEUs.
Precepting or teaching students as part of the Experiential Learning rotations are not considered learning activities for professional development.
Non-Accredited LPR - Non-Accredited Professional Development
Non-Accredited LPR - Non-Accredited Professional Development Long-Term Activity
The Saskatchewan Pharmacists Learning Portfolio has been developed as a framework to help you track your continuing professional development activities. Your learning portfolio demonstrates your efforts with professional competency and advancement of knowledge, skills, and achievements.
There are 3 main components:
- Learning Project Record
- Accredited Live CE Program
- Accredited Self Study CE Program
- Non-Accredited Professional Development
- Non-accredited Professional Development Long Term Activity
- Professional Development Log
- Supporting Documents
Keep Learning Project Records, Professional Development Logs and Supporting Documents for a total of 7 years. These documents may be required for SCPP auditing purposes. For more information on the development and examples of learning portfolio documents see here.
For every learning activity completed (accredited or non-accredited), a Learning Project Record (LPR) is required for documentation. This form guides you through reflection to identify gaps in your knowledge, skills, and/or abilities and state your learning objective(s). The format also encourages you to summarize the key learning points from the learning experience and identify opportunities to improve your practice. The learning project record can also become a valuable tool to target your learning and develop your personal education plans for additional learning.
Record all professional development activities (accredited and non-accredited) on the Professional Development Log. This sheet will act as a summary of CEUs accumulated during the current membership year.
At the bottom of the log, include a total of accredited and non-accredited CEUs claimed and a combined total. Your signature will imply that the log is accurate and subject to audit.
As part of the reviewing and development of a new Competency Assurance Program, SCPP is requesting all practicing members upload their completed Professional Development Log (PDL) on or before June 1st. While it is not mandatory to upload the PDL for renewal the competency assurance team will be reviewing PDLs that have been uploaded and will be randomly reaching out to members who have not uploaded their PDL to ensure a fulsome review and baseline has been completed.
Start a new Professional Development Log when claiming CEU’s for another membership year.
For conferences where multiple presentations and/or workshops were offered on different topics, there are two options for documentation.
1) Record the conference name, total approved CEUs.
2) Record each presentation separately and CEUs claimed for each learning topic.
Supporting Documents supplement your Learning Project Records with documents that reflect the content and/or outcome of the learning event. For example, certificates of course completion, program brochures, presentation outlines, journal citations, reference lists, and notes.