Language proficiency is an essential skill required of all pharmacy technicians in the day to day practice of pharmacy in Canada. Although language proficiency does not guarantee that effective communication will take place, it is the foundation for reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills - all components of communication. A pharmacy technician's ability to communicate is critical in the delivery of safe and effective patient care.
The primary intent of this report is to publish model language proficiency standards for consideration by pharmacy regulators across Canada to use in the licensure of pharmacy technicians.
It must be noted that all provinces have regulations set by the provincial governments regarding language requirements for professions. As the regulations for pharmacy technicians are introduced and evolve throughout Canada, these requirements will apply to pharmacy technicians in order to practice in the province/territory for which they are licensed.
The current standards were approved by the NAPRA Board of Directors on November 1, 2009.
Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada