Gaining credentials is an important element of demonstrating your pharmacy expertise. SHPA provides and supports a range of credentialling opportunities which complement your annual CPD activities, and assist you in achieving your professional goals.
ClinCAT is a competency framework designed by SHPA that supports pharmacists training and development, recruitment and performance reviews, while benefiting individual pharmacists, pharmacy departments, consumers and the profession. ClinCAT is 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.
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 accrediting pharmacists to conduct this cognitive pharmacy service. 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:
- Certification by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties;
- Certification as a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP);
- 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.
Find out more with our Accreditation System for Medication Management Reviews fact sheet.
- "Evaluating pharmacotherapy, geriatric pharmacy, and ambulatory care pharmacy certification options and processes for Australian pharmacists", published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research (Aug 2017) by Brian Lawson, PharmD, Director of Professional Affairs at BPS.
- View a list of pharmacists who currently hold SHPA accreditation for medication management reviews.
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 and is a pathway to gaining medication management review accreditation. 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 must use BCGP from January 2018. Find more information here.
SHPA member, Assoc Prof Chris Alderman explains the credentialing process and benefits of being a BCGP.
In Australia, SHPA has sole rights to offer BCGP credentials as a professional recognition certification for pharmacists.
- Read SHPA fact sheets Accreditation System for Medication Management Reviews and Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) Credential
- Visit the Board of Pharmacy Specialties BCGP
- Download and complete a form in the BCGP Candidate Handbook
- Register to sit an exam and make an appointment
- Refer to the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) Credential for information on 'Preparation for the BCGP examination'