Injections and Immunizations Program

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Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program – Blended

This Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program is recognized by the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) for pharmacists’ injection training. The program addresses the 15 competencies approved and required by OCP:

  • 14 immunization competencies for health professionals approved by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • 1 competency (Essential Competencies for the Injection of Other Substances) approved by OCP

The program runs from approximately 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. A detailed program agenda and confirmation of the program venue will be emailed to attendees one week before the program date. A light breakfast, and lunch will be served.

Class Date

  • *CANCELLED* April 18, 2020 (Downtown Toronto)
Given the uncertainty over the continued effects of the COVID-19 virus, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel this session. We intend to offer more sessions in the fall.

How to register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "Class Date" link for the package you wish to purchase; a drop-down will open with pricing information for members* and non-members. Select the option that applies to you, then click on “add to cart” to start the registration process.

*Not a member? Association members receive significant discounts on OPA professional development. Find out about becoming a member here.

Program Outline

This blended learning program consists of the following: 

I. Online learning modules

  • Immunization program for pharmacists – 60 minutes
  • The pharmacist’s role in influenza -30 minutes
  • Immunization of the immunocompromised patient – 45 minutes

II. Required readings

  • An Immunization Program for Pharmacists: Self-Study Handbook

III. Live session

  • Administering drugs by injection: Training elements (didactic) 
  • Managing adverse reactions to injections – case study discussions 
  • Teaching administration of parenteral medications – case study discussions
  • Training elements (practical)
  • Questions and answers
  • Practicing techniques  

IV. Assessment

  • Practical exam (demonstration of intramuscular and subcutaneous injections on a partner)
  • Online multiple-choice examination
  • Online reflective exercise


CEUs: 16.50

CCCEP accreditation number: 8003-2019-2840-B-P

Accreditation Expiry Date: September 6, 2020

Regular Price: $900 plus HST

Member Price:  $450 plus HST


Pre-requisites and target audience

The Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program is a comprehensive two-part series designed to support pharmacists in the provision of injections for the purposes of education, demonstration and immunization. 

This one-day blended program consists of live and web-based components that will prepare pharmacists to administer flu injections through the Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP), as well as to add other injection and immunization services as per current regulations and existing standards of practice.

CPR and First Aid training are not required before taking the Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program; however, you will require valid certification in CPR and First Aid (the equivalent of the Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR “C” + AED Course level) in order to register your injection training with OCP. For further information, please visit OCP website at The Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) has secured a special rate for OPA members to complete this training with the Canadian Red Cross. Please visit the members benefit section of OPA’s website for further information.

Program certificate of completion

To receive the continuing education certificate of completion* for this program, participants will be required to: 

  1. Complete the program’s online component (instructions will be emailed to you upon registration).
  2. Attend the live one-day program.
  3. Successfully demonstrate the skills required to administer subcutaneous and intramuscular injections.
  4. Achieve 70 per cent or more on the post-program online examination (maximum two attempts) and complete the reflective exercise and evaluations within four weeks of the live one-day program. Instructions will be emailed to you upon registration.
  • Please note that it takes 5-7 business days to mark the reflective exercise. As such, it is suggested that you complete the reflective exercise within the first three weeks after the live program session to ensure you do not exceed the due date.

* Statement of appropriate use of the continuing education certificate: Participants who achieve the certificate of completion may state that they hold a continuing education certificate in the Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program. The program certificate does not provide participants with professional certification credentials.

Subject matter experts

This program has been developed in part with contributions from the following subject matter experts:

  • Daniel Thirion, B.Pharm., M.Sc., Pharm.D., FCSHP
  • John Papastergiou, B.Sc, B.ScPhm
  • Karen Riley, BScPhm, Pharm D, BCPS, CGP, BCACP, CDE
  • Karen Church, BScPhm, RPh
  • Kim Dias, BScN, MScN
  • Kimberly Miller, RN, MScN
  • Lorraine Grypstra, BScN, Bed, RN
  • Dr. Neil Rau, MD, FRCPC
  • Natalie McLeish, BScPhm, PharmD, ACPR
  • Marshall Moleschi, BScPhm

Last updated: January 17, 2020

Inquiries: Please contact OPA’s professional development team by phone at 416-441-0788, option 3 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-877-341-0788, option 3), or by email at

Cancellation policy: Requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing to no later than 15 business days prior to the program date at 4:30 p.m. A $250 (+HST) cancellation fee will apply. Cancellation requests received less than 15 days prior to the program date will not be considered and fees will not be refunded.

Food service disclaimer: Most live programs provide refreshments and meals. Participants who have health-related dietary needs or food allergies are encouraged to include details on their registration form of special dietary requests. The Ontario Pharmacists Association will work with the program venue to accommodate dietary requests as best as possible but cannot guarantee that the venue will be able to meet all requests. Every effort is made to notify the venue catering staff about participants’ food allergies; however, there is always a risk of contamination. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the food supplies used by the venue could change the formulation at any time, without notice. Participants concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. The Ontario Pharmacists Association will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed or items one may come in contact with while eating at program venues. Participants concerned about their dietary needs are encouraged to contact OPA for additional information.

Protecting your privacy: Your privacy is important to us. Some information you provide to OPA in program registration forms and exercises may be considered personal information. The Association collects, uses, and shares the information contained in program registration forms and exercises for the sole purpose of processing your registration, issuing certificates of completion, awarding continuing education credits, and delivering OPA services, programs, and publications to you.

Disclaimer: Please note that this program may be videotaped for educational purposes and may include audio/videotaping and/or photography. By attending this program, you agree that your image and/or voice may be captured by these means and used for the purpose of advertising, delivering, and/or reproducing this OPA education program, and you hereby waive any right to remuneration from such advertising, delivering, and/or reproducing and any control thereof. 

Learners’ code of conduct: By registering for an OPA education program, you agree to follow OPA’s Learners’ code of conduct. For further details click here.

Event Date: 14 Apr 2018 | City: Toronto | Venue:

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