Credentials to further your career

Gaining credentials is an important element of demonstrating your pharmacy expertise. SHPA provides a range of credentialling opportunities which complement your annual CPD activities, and assist you achieve your career goals. 

SHPA Residency Program
shpaclinCAT
Medication Management Review (MMR) accreditation

Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) credential

SHPA Residency Program

The residency program project aims to establish a structured, formalised, supported and accredited national two-year residency program for pharmacists in their foundation years. Residency programs are routine in some other countries — the USA have had formal residency programs for more than 50 years. 

Importantly, a structured program of experiential learning in these foundation years is an important step that leads to other professional development pathways, such as advanced practice recognition. The SHPA Residency Program will see a national program with a consistent set of competencies for residents to attain, yet retain flexibility and a ‘local flavour’ to each site. 


shpaclinCAT

shpaclinCAT is a competency framework designed by SHPA to support the professional development of Australian pharmacists. A competency framework is a collection of competencies that are central to effective pharmacy performance. Competency frameworks like shpaclinCAT assist individual pharmacists to raise the standards and consistency of pharmacy practice, provide a quality assurance for pharmacy practice, identify inadequacies in systems and processes, professional development needs of pharmacists, and more.

shpaclinCAT has been accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council as a Group 2 CPD activity for individuals, as a Group 1 CPD activity for trainee evaluators, and as a Group 3 CPD activity for trained evaluators. For more information on participating in shpaclinCAT or becoming an assessor go to Implement clinCAT for your team


Medication Management Review (MMR) accreditation

Registered pharmacists can be accredited to undertake medication management reviews, including Home Medication Reviews (HMRs) and Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMRs) for individuals in community or aged care settings, which are funded under the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA). 

Medication management reviews play an important role in reducing readmission related to medicine misadventure and addressing medication-related issues such as side effects. For older patients and those with complex conditions, medication management reviews can be extremely helpful. 

SHPA is one of only two professional bodies able to accredit pharmacists to conduct this cognitive pharmacy service. This accreditation must be renewed annually, and SHPA-accredited pharmacists may choose to be listed on our website. 

For accreditation, registered pharmacists must have a combination of professional experience, participation in a continuing professional development program and evidence of completion of a relevant competency-based assessment such as:

  1. Certification by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties;
  2. Certification as a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP);  or
  3. Completion of M. Clin Pharmacy or M. Pharm Practice plus credentialing from the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education.

Continued registration and completion of CPD requirements is mandatory to maintain MMR accreditation. 

Read the Accreditation System for Medication Management Reviews fact sheet to find out more about the accreditation process and complete an application form.

MMR accredited pharmacists 
Click here to view a list of pharmacists who currently hold SHPA accreditation for medication management reviews and who have agreed to have their contact details available on the SHPA website.


Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) credential 

Become an internationally recognised Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist 

The Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) credential is a way to show your experience and skills in geriatric care. Furthermore, the credential is one pathway to become accredited to do medication management reviews. The Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential was originally awarded by the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP). In 2017, CCGP became part of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). The credential is now recognised as the BCGP (Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist) certification. Existing Certified Geriatric Pharmacists are entitled to use either designation (CGP or BCGP) until January 2018. After this time, BCGP is the correct designation. For more information about the CCGP to BPS transition, read the Frequently Asked Questions document available here.

SHPA member, Assoc Prof Chris Alderman gave this presentation explaining both the credentialing process and the benefits of being a CGP (now BCGP). 
 
Within Australia, SHPA has the sole rights to offer the BCGP credential as a professional recognition certification for pharmacists.

  1. Read the SHPA fact sheets Accreditation System for Medication Management Reviews and Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) Credential 
  2. Visit the Board of Pharmacy Specialties BCGP website
  3. Download a Candidate Guide that fully explains the process by filling out the form on this page BCGP Candidate Handbook 
  4. Register to sit an exam here and you will receive instructions to make an appointment
  5. Refer to the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) Credential fact sheet for more information on 'Preparation for the BCGP examination' 

Need more information? 

To contact an Australian pharmacist with BCGP credential click here and select Australia then select your state/territory to find them. Contact SHPA for more information about BCGP exams.

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