Injection Training Certificate Program for Pharmacy Technicians

Master core immunization practices and learn how to adequately administer vaccines by injection.

  • Visit the “In-person live session” section below for available dates/locations. You may choose your live session after registration.
  • The course is accessed by the same account that makes the purchase. Owners/Managers registering their staff should have them register under their own account.


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The provincial government’s recent announcement enables registered pharmacy technicians to administer COVID-19 vaccines. OPA’s program is designed to help you master core immunization practices and learn how to adequately administer vaccines by injection.

This program is tailored for pharmacy technicians and is recognized by the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) for registered pharmacy technician injection training. The program also addresses the 7 competencies approved and required by The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP).

In-person live session:

This mandatory in-person live session is for the practical exam portion of the course. The sessions will be held at various locations across Ontario. When you sign up for the course, you will be able to register for your preferred session at various locations below:

  • Toronto – Nov 26, Dec 11
    Ontario Pharmacists Association, 155 University Ave. Suite 600, Toronto, ON
  • Windsor – Nov 20, Dec 4
    Brady’s Drug Store, 186 Talbot Road South, Essex, ON
  • Hamilton – Dec 5
    Sutherland's Pharmacy, 180 James Street South, Hamilton, ON
  • Beamsville – Dec 4
    5005 Serena Dr, Beamsville, ON L0R 1B0
  • Bowmanville – Dec 15
    7 Collier Lane, Bowmanville, ON, L1C 5E6
  • Ottawa – Dec 11
    Hybrid Pharmacy, 318 Richmond Street, Ottawa
  • Sarnia – Dec 11
    Lambton College, 1457 London Road, Sarnia, ON

If you cannot attend any of the available dates, please contact [email protected] for assistance.

During the in-person session, each participant will attend the practical exam as supervised by a registered nurse or pharmacist. You will be partnered with another participant for this session. The instructor will observe you demonstrating both intramuscular and subcutaneous injections on your partner and your partner will, in turn, demonstrate on your arm. Please be prepared by wearing appropriate attire to receive these injections in the upper portion of your arm.

Course outline:

Online Component (4 hours):

  • Online learning modules
  • Final multiple-choice exam
  • Reflective exercise
  • Program evaluation

In-Person Live Session:

  • Practicing techniques
  • Practical exam (demonstration of intramuscular and subcutaneous injections on a partner)

Course at a glance:

  • 5 CEUs
  • Available until January 24, 2022
  • Blended (Online & In-Person)
  • Accreditation: 8003-2021-3151-B-T
  • Completion requirement: Complete the program’s online component. Attend the in-person live session and successfully demonstrate the skills required to administer subcutaneous and intramuscular injections. Achieve 70% or more on the final multiple- choice exam (maximum two attempts) and complete the reflective exercise and evaluations before the course expiry date.

Who should take this course:

The Injections Training Certificate Program for Pharmacy Technicians is a two-part series designed to support pharmacy technicians in the provision of injections for COVID-19 vaccines.

Development Team:

  • Sherilyn Houle, PhD - Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
  • Leah O’Neal, RPhT
  • Mova Leung, RPh (PharmD)
  • Tiana Tilli, RPh, ACPR (PharmD)

Cancellation Policy:

You can cancel the course without penalty if you cancel within 24 hours of your registration and if you have not accessed the online modules within those 24 hours. After this point, there is a $100 + HST cancellation fee.

Due to supplies and limited spots for in-person live sessions, we request that you register for your in-person live session at least 14 days before the date. If you need to reschedule your session for another date, there is a $25 + HST fee.

Requests for cancellations and rescheduling must be made to [email protected].