Frequently Asked Questions: Resources

Q:Where can I obtain accredited continuing education (CE)?

A variety of CE providers offer accredited programs. Check the program for continuing education units (CEUs) and for the name or logo of the accreditation body associated with the CEUs


Q:What types of learning activities can be used towards completion of continuing education (CE) hours?

A variety of learning acitvities can be used including live programs, reading materials, self study modules, workplace learning. However, registrants need to be aware of that a  minimum of 5 hours of continuing education (CE) must be accredited learning.

Q:Why is continuing professional development important?

Undergraduate education provides the education necessary for entry to practice to a profession.  However, a combination of both practice-based experience and life-long learning are necessary to develop and maintain the knowledge, skills and abilities that are necessary for professional competence throughout a professional’s career.  Continuing professional development (CPD) is the process for acquiring new knowledge and skills throughout one’s professional life.

Q:How many hours of continuing education (CE) are required in BC each year to renew a pharmacist license?

In order to maintain registration, pharmacists in British Columbia are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of CE per year by submitting a minimum of 6 learning records to the College of Pharmacists of BC.

Q:How many hours of continuing education (CE) need to be accredited?

Effective January 2016, of the 15 hours of CE required to maintain registration, a minimum of 5 hours of CE must be accredited

Q:What is the difference between accredited and non-accredited continuing education (CE)?

Accredited CE programs have been reviewed by a recognized accreditation body (eg. UBC CPPD, CCCEP and ACPE) to ensure that the program content is current, relevant, evidence based and unbiased.   This ‘seal of approval’ provides pharmacy professionals with a dependable basis for selecting programs of high quality, which will meet their learning needs. Non-accredited CE programs are not necessarily inferior, but they have not been reviewed in order to assess their relevance to practice or quality of educational content.