Continuing Education

All licensees must have a NABP e-profile ID for the NABP CPE Monitor Service with NABP (National Association of Board of Pharmacy). The e-profile ID will be used to conduct CE audits. To create an e-profile ID, go to https://nabp.pharmacy.  Click on “CPE Monitor” at the top of the page then select the “Log In to CPE Monitor via e-Profile” and click on “Customers” and create a login.

The requirements for continuing education for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are set forth in S.C. Code Ann. § 40-43-130.  A brief overview of the requirements is set forth below.

Overview of CE Requirements for Pharmacists

  • Pharmacists must complete fifteen hours (1.5 CEUs) of ACPE or CME Category-1 continuing education each license year for renewal. Of the 15 hours, a minimum of 6 hours must be “live” hours obtained through attendance at lectures, seminars or workshops.
  • Fifty percent of the total number of hours (7.5 hours) must be in drug therapy or patient safety.
  • At least one (1) hour of ACPE continuing education must be related to approved procedures for monitoring controlled substances.
  • Hours completed in excess of the requirement may be carried forward for credit in the next license year but may not be carried forward for more than one license year.
  • At least one (1) hour of ACPE continuing education regarding administration of immunizations for Pharmacists who administer immunizations.

Overview of CE Requirements for Pharmacy Technicians

  • Pharmacy Technicians must complete ten hours of ACPE or CME category-1 continuing education each license year for renewal. Of the 10 hours, a minimum of 4 hours must be “live” hours. CE must be taken before renewing a registration each year.
  • Pharmacy Technicians are exempt from continuing education requirements while enrolled in a pharmacy technician program, as well as during the first renewal period following successful completion of the program. Section 40-43-130(H)
  • Pharmacy technicians are exempt from continuing education requirements for the first renewal period following initial registration. Section 40-43-82(G)
  • Hours completed in excess of requirements may be carried forward in the next registration year but may not be carried forward for more than one registration year.
Requirements & Deadlines

CE Requirements

o  S.C. Code Ann. § 40-43-130 outlines the requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. 

o  This Section, as it relates to pharmacists, provides that:

§  Topics and formats of study for continuing education shall include subject matter designed to maintain the professional competence of pharmacists licensed to practice and to improve their professional skills in order to protect the public health and safety.

§  Each licensed pharmacist, as a condition of an active status license renewal, shall complete fifteen hours (1.5 CEU's) of American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) accredited continuing pharmacy education or continuing medical education (CME), Category I, or both, each license year. Of the fifteen hours, a minimum of six hours must be obtained through attendance at lectures, seminars, or workshops. At least fifty percent of the total number of hours required must be in drug therapy or patient management and at least one hour must be related to approved procedures for monitoring controlled substances listed in Schedules II, III, and IV of the schedules provided for in Sections 44-53-210, 44-53-230, and 44-53-250.

§  All hours completed in any license year in excess of the requirement may be carried forward for credit in the next license year but may not be carried forward for more than one license year.

§  Upon licensure in this State by examination or by license transfer, pharmacists are exempt from continuing education requirements for the first renewal period.

§  A statement certifying completion of the required continuing education must be submitted as a part of the annual license renewal application, and no renewal of an active license may be issued without the certification. The board shall conduct an audit of continuing education credits of ten percent of the licensees, randomly selected, of the total number of active pharmacists.

§  An exemption may be granted by the board for pharmacists enrolled in an approved pharmacy postgraduate degree program. Application must be made to the board and a current official transcript must be submitted to the board.

o This Section, as it relates to pharmacy technicians, provides that:

§  As a condition of registration renewal, a registered pharmacy technician shall complete ten hours of American Council on Pharmaceutical Education or CME I approved continuing education each year, beginning with the next renewal period after June 30, 2003. A minimum of four hours of the total hours must be obtained through attendance at lectures, seminars, or workshops.

§  Topics and formats of study for continuing education must include subject matter designed to maintain the professional competence of pharmacy technicians registered with the board and to improve their professional skills in order to protect the public health and safety.

§  Certification of completion of the required continuing education must be made on the annual registration renewal application, and no renewal may be issued without this certification. The board shall conduct an audit of continuing education credits of ten percent, randomly selected, of the total number of pharmacy technicians renewing.

§  All hours completed in any registration year in excess of the requirements may be carried forward for credit in the next registration year but may not be carried forward for more than one registration year.

§  Pharmacy technicians are exempt from continuing education requirements while enrolled in a pharmacy technician program, as well as during the first renewal period following successful completion of the program.

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