Continuing Education

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HOLD THE DATE - Expect a CE program after the Summer BREAK - in August. Watch this space for more information.

THE DCPA OFFICERS wish you a safe, healthy and fun-filled summer.  Remember to watch this space for our next CE Program to be scheduled in August 2024.


|  Frequently Asked Questions  |

2 hour CE requirement effective with Pharmacist Current Renewal period (64B16-27.831) Mandatory Continuing Education:

All pharmacists shall complete a Board approved 2-hour continuing education course on the Validation of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances.

The course content shall include the following:
(a) Ensuring access to controlled substances for all patients with a valid prescription;
(b) Use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program’s Database;
(c) Assessment of prescriptions for appropriate therapeutic value.

License Renewals will undergo 100% CE audit by the Board of Pharmacy.

In 2013, the Board began testing 100% CE hour audits through CE Broker. This year, pharmacist and technician renewals  will
undergo a full audit of continuing education hours prior to being allowed to renew. If you do not meet the CE requirements, the renewal process will be halted.

What is the difference between CE Broker and CPE Monitor?

CE Broker maintains records of all continuing education credits taken by registrants from Florida Approved CE providers (of which DCPA is one). CE Broker will send all CE credits
posted in the individual registrant’s account to the Board of Pharmacy to confirm full compliance with CE requirements for re-licensure in Florida.

CPE Monitor, on the other hand, is a national repository of CE (as is CE Broker), but it only tracks ACPE approved CE programs. The Florida Board of Pharmacy relies on CE Broker for CE credit monitoring, not CPE Monitor. However, if you are licensed by jurisdictions that require ACPE CE Credits, you
must provide your CPE Monitor information to those providers such that they can post your CE.

What happens if CE Broker does not have all of my hours? I often take ACPE approved credits from non-Florida providers.

You may self-report ACPE hours on CEBroker.  You simply follow the steps on the web site to add your CE. CE Brokers will be sending a list of licensees who have not met their hour requirement approximately 3 months after the renewal cycle. It is still a good idea to keep a file with your CE credit slips in the event of an audit.

Do I need HIV for my renewal?

1 hour of HIV is required for all pharmacists and technicians renewing their licenses for the first time.  After that, there is no HIV
requirement for relicensure.

What is CPE Monitor and do I still need CE Brokers?

CE Brokers is required by Florida law as the clearinghouse for CE credits. CPE Monitor is the NAPB/ACPE clearinghouse for ACPE
CE credits for other states. So, if you are licensed in other states in addition to Florida, you may want to set up your CPE Monitor (free) account so that your ACPE hours
can be credited to the appropriate license.

Are there any CE requirements for Technicians?

The technician renewal on December 31, 2018,  are required to complete 20 hours of CE per biennium. Of these 20 hours, 2 must
be Medication Errors & Law, 4 must be live CE and on first renewal 1 hour of HIV.  (HIV is not required for subsequent renewals).

What number should the Technician use for CE credits - their RPT number or their PTCB

Florida CE requires re-registration therefore, the technician must submit the RPT number to post CE credit.  PTCB (technician certification) has other CE requirements that are required to maintain certification (which is different than Florida registration)

Do I have to keep the CE Certificate I receive at a CE Program?

YES!!!  If there are any problems and/or issues with the provider posting credit to your account on CE Broker or you are audited by another state, the CE Certificate is your receipt of attendance.  It is recommended that certificates be kept for at least one renewal cycle.

Can I get partial credit for Recertification CE on my Consultant License?

As of 2009, the Board is allowing providers to seek RCE approval for courses not less than 3 hours in length.  Many providers are issuing credit in 3 hour blocks to be applied toward recertification. The licensee cannot submit the same 3 hour course taken at different times as RCE (i.e. no “double dipping”).

If I run out of time and cannot complete my full credits for licensure renewal, what options do I have?

The first advice, is make sure that you plan ahead and get your credits way before the deadline. Remember, all ACPE credits are valid in Florida, special Board approval is required for Medication Errors, Consultant Pharmacist, & Nuclear Pharmacists credits. There are a host of journals, web sites, etc. that offer credits.

If you have experienced a hardship (due to health, accident, etc.) you can petition the Board for an extension. They will work with you. You don’t want to be delinquent on CE requirements. You will be disciplined and a mark remains on your license forever, not to
mention the fees, penalties, etc. that you end up paying.

Can I count extra CE Credits I obtained for general CE toward my Consultant License?

No.  Consultant license renewal requires attendance at courses specifically designated as Recertification CE (RCE). If, however, you take extra RCE (>24hr in 2 years) you can count these toward general CE requirements.

On the Horizon:

We have been informed (June 2015) that both CPE Monitor and PTCB along with CE Broker are working to facilitate the posting and reporting of CE credits within each respective institutions. Since it is a matter of computer programming – it is up to the IT folks to see how this can be facilitated to make the practitioner’s life a bit easier. We will keep you posted.