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

Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) 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. 

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 the only two professional bodies able to accredit pharmacists to conduct this cognitive pharmacy service. This accreditation must be renewed periodically, 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 Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP);  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.


Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) credential 

Become an internationally recognised Certified Geriatric Pharmacist 

The Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) 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. Doctor Chris Alderman recently gave this presentation explaining both the credentialing process and the benefits of being a CGP. You can watch the YouTube video here.  
 
Within Australia, SHPA has the sole rights to offer the CGP credential as a professional recognition certification for pharmacists.

  1. Read the SHPA fact sheets Accreditation System for Medication Management Reviews and Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) Credential 
  2. Visit the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP) website
  3. Learn more about the CCGP exam and exam schedule 
  4. Download the CCGP Candidate Handbook 
  5. Register to sit an exam here and you will receive instructions to make an appointment for the exam in Sydney or Melbourne
  6. Purchase and conduct a self-assessment exam to help you prepare for the CCGP exam

Need more information? 

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

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