With changing scopes of practice of pharmacy technicians and the move towards the regulation of pharmacy technicians in Canada, anyone wishing to now enter the profession must complete a full-time pharmacy technician training program.
For individuals who were working as pharmacy technicians before regulation was introduced, the National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program enables them to upgrade their skills to align with changes in the scope of practice of pharmacy technicians without having to return to school to complete a full-time training program.
NAPRA’s National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program comes from a program which was originally developed and introduced in Ontario in 2008 and which was later adapted for use in Alberta and British Columbia in 2010. As more and more provinces began the steps towards regulating pharmacy technicians, the need for a national program was apparent and, in 2012, NAPRA assumed ownership of the program, creating a program for national delivery. The National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program has been delivered by authorized educational institutions since fall 2013, and is available for in-class or online delivery in both English and French.