Frequently-Asked Questions About Professional Development

  • What are the Professional Development requirements for registrants in Newfoundland and Labrador?
    Registrants are required to participate in a minimum of 15 hours of professional development activities between December 1 and November 30 each year. Of the 15 hours, a minimum of 7.5 hours must be from accredited learning activities with the remaining 7.5 hours being from either accredited or self-assigned learning activities.

  • When is documentation of professional development activities due?
    Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians are required to record all professional development activities in their online Professional Development log no later than November 30th of each year in order to be eligible to renew their registration for the following year.

  • Can all 15 hours of required learning be from one program?
    Yes, there is no restriction against this. While registrants are encouraged to obtain professional development from a variety of sources, it is not mandatory. If you have completed one course or program that fulfills the full requirement you may enter it as such.

  • I took a program with several learning modules. Do I need to record each module individually?
    It depends of the documentation of completion that you received. If you received a separate record of completion for each module, then yes, you would document each module separately. If you received only one record of completion once all the modules were completed then you can document this as one entry using the following advice:

    • Rather than listing every Learning Objective for the program (which would likely be extensive), summarize them into 5 or 6 “high level” Learning Objectives that describe what you set out to learn by completing this program. For example: “Understand the rationale and background for immunization” and “Demonstrate understanding of the proper storage, handing and transport of vaccinations”.
    • For Take Home Messages, since this information should describe what you actually learned from the program, your messages should reflect the Learning Objectives set out above. For example, “Because vaccines are sensitive biological products, maintaining and monitoring the proper storage and transportation temperature is very important.”
    • The last section of the record should indicate whether or not the learning was relevant to your practice and, if so, how you intend to integrate this information into your practice.

  • How do I document my service as a preceptor?
    The Standards of Practice – Professional Development for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians allows registrants to self-assign 0.5 credits per week up to a maximum of 6 credits per year for service as a preceptor.

    Registrants who self-assign credits for acting as a preceptor must document the credits in their online Learning Portfolio and use the form, Documentation of Self-Assigned Credits for Service as a Preceptor (available on the Professional Development page) as supporting documentation in case of audit. A separate entry and form must be used if acting as preceptor to more than one student, intern or technician candidate in a given year.

    To record these credits on your online record, enter the following information:

    • Learning Activity: “Service as a Preceptor”
    • Date Completed: Ending date of student’s rotation
    • Number of credits self-assigned for this activity: Document appropriately according to the completed form
    • Give a brief description of the learning activity: “Acted as a preceptor to (name of student/intern/technician candidate) from (start date-end date) for a total of (total number of weeks) weeks”
    • Describe what you learned from this activity and/or how you will integrate this learning into your practice: Document anything that you learned from this experience as well as how you will integrate the learning into your practice.

  • How many credits can I claim for taking a First Aid or CPR course?
    In accordance with the Professional Development Standards of Practice, a registrant may self-assign 1 credit per year for completion of CPR or First Aid courses.

  • I wrote the PEBC Qualifying Exam this year. How many credits can I claim and how do I document it on my learning portfolio record?
    You may claim 15 credits upon successful completion of Parts I and II, or 5 credits upon successful completion of Part II only. It can be documented as follows:

    • Program Title: PEBC Qualifying Exam, Parts I and II
    • Provider: PEBC
    • Speaker/Author: N/A
    • Program Approved By: Select “Other” and type PEBC in the blank field
    • Number of CEU’s Accredited: 15
    • For all of the Learning Objectives: Type N/A

Further information, including good examples of how to document your learning, can be found by visiting the Professional Development page of the website. To view the Standards of Practice – Professional Development for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in their entirety, visit the Standards, Guidelines and Policies page of the website.

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