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Georgia BOARD OF PHARMACY | CE REQUIREMENTS | LIVE CERT

Last Updated: September 15, 2023

45 Hours

  • 23 Hours Live
  • 19 Hours General
  • 3 Hours Medication Errors
  • No carry-over credit is allowed

 

30 Hours

  • 30 General

 

20 Hours

  • 20 General

45 Hours

  • 23 Hours Live
  • 19 Hours General
  • 3 Hours Medication Errors
  • No carry-over credit is allowed

45 Hours

  • 23 Hours Live
  • 19 Hours General
  • 3 Hours Medication Errors
  • No carry-over credit is allowed

45 Hours

  • 23 Hours Live
  • 19 Hours General
  • 3 Hours Medication Errors
  • No carry-over credit is allowed

Georgia Board of Pharmacy

Georgia CE Requirements For Pharmacists

Pharmacy licenses can be verified through the Georgia Department of Community Health.

Georgia Board of Pharmacy licensees must renew their licenses biennially to maintain the right to practice. Pharmacist licenses must be renewed by December 31 of each even-numbered year.

Late renewals will be accepted until January 31 of the following year, but late renewals will incur an additional late renewal fee. Licenses not renewed by January 31 of the year following the renewal deadline will be revoked.

Biennial Continuing Education Requirements
Required Subject Area Required Number of Hours
General Hours 30
CE Requirements for Your First Biennium Renewal
If you were licensed before or during the first six months of the biennium (January to June), you must earn 30 hours of continuing education. If your first biennium license renewal occurs 12 months or more after your initial licensure date:
Required Subject Area Required Number of Hours*
General Hours 30
If you were licensed during the following twelve months, you must earn 15 hours of continuing education. *Note: If you were licensed during the last six months of the biennium, you are exempt from continuing education for that biennium only.
Required Subject Area Required Number of Hours
General Hours 15
Special Pharmacy Practice
Pharmacists in the state of Georgia who have a specialty pharmacy practice must complete ten hours of continuing education in each specific area of specialty during the biennium renewal period. These ten hours can count toward the total thirty hours required for all pharmacists.

Not all pharmacists will need to report their continuing education credits along with their renewal applications. If you are randomly selected for an audit, you will receive specific instructions on how to submit proof of your continuing education credits.

The board instructs all licensed pharmacists to maintain their certificates of attendance (or other proof of CE credit completion) for two years after the preceding renewal period.

 

Tracking CE in Georgia with CPE Monitor

 

What is CPE Monitor?

 
CPE Monitor is an electronic tracking system provided by ACPE and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). It allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to easily track their completed continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits.
 

How does it work?

 
Continuing education providers report credits to CPE Monitor after a participant completes their program using the participant’s NABP e-Profile ID and date of birth. The Georgia State Board of Pharmacy can then use CPE Monitor to electronically validate the completed credits.
 
 
Chapter 480-3 Renewals, Inactive Licenses, and Continuing Education A. Rule 480-3-.01 Pharmacist Renewals Each pharmacist license will expire and must be renewed by December 31st of the even numbered years. Licenses not renewed by December 31st of the even number years may be late renewed by January 31st of the following year by payment of the current renewal fee, plus an additional late renewal fee of 50% of the renewal fee. Any license not renewed by January 31st of the year following the renewal date deadline, shall automatically become classified as “Administratively Revoked”. The practice of pharmacy with an expired or administratively revoked license is prohibited by law, and practice during this period may result in disciplinary action for unlicensed practice. B. Rule 480-3-.02 Inactive License Pharmacists who wish to have their license placed on inactive status may do so by requesting such status in writing, with an explanation of the request, to the Board. Pharmacists requesting inactive status must have an active license in good standing which includes meeting the continuing education requirements as outlined in Board Policy. Pharmacists who wish to retain their license may apply for an inactive status as outlined in 480-3-.02(1). Pharmacists holding an inactive license may not practice pharmacy. An individual with an inactive license does not have to meet the continuing education requirements for subsequent renewal periods. Pharmacists who wish to reactivate their license must complete and submit the proper application and meet the requirements of the Board for reactivation as set forth in Board Policy. C. Rule 480-3-.03 Continuing Pharmacy Education The Georgia State Board of Pharmacy has the statutory responsibility and authority for the requirement of continuing education as prerequisite for a license renewal. The purpose of continuing education for pharmacists is to maintain and enhance the professional competency of pharmacists licensed to practice in Georgia for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State of Georgia.
  • As a requirement for the biennial renewal of his/her license, a pharmacist must complete not less than thirty (30) hours of approved continuing education.
  • One hour of C.E. is defined as 0.1 C.E.U.
  • Each pharmacist in the State of Georgia must obtain 30 hours of continuing education or 3.0 C.E.U.’s per biennium for license renewal
  • Certificates documenting that 30 hours of approved continuing education or 3.0 C.E.U.’s must be completed and dated within the biennium.
  • A pharmacist licensed before or during the first six (6) months of the biennium (January to June), shall be required to obtain 30 hours of C.E.
  • A pharmacist licensed during the following twelve (12) months (June to July) shall be required to obtain 15 hours of C.E. A pharmacist licensed during the last six (6) months of the biennium shall be exempt from continuing education for that biennium only.
  • In the event of an audit and a pharmacist fails to submit certificates, which document his/her required continuing education credits, the Board will not process his/her request to renew the license until the continuing education requirements are provided to the Board.
  • The pharmacist may not carry over continuing education credits from one licensing period to the next.
  • Nothing is meant to prohibit representatives from the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency (GDNA) from assisting, auditing, or verifying a pharmacist’s continuing education certificates as needed.
  • Each licensed pharmacist shall maintain these certificates of attendance at continuing education meetings for a period of two (2) years from the date of the preceding renewal period.
  • The staff of the Georgia Board of Pharmacy may audit, or otherwise select randomly, the continuing education of a percentage of licensees as determined by the Board.
  • The Board may accept continuing education approved by other Boards of Pharmacy where such continuing education meets the requirements established by the Board.
  • Approval of providers and sponsors shall be as follows:
    • All providers and sponsors of continuing education must be approved by the Board.
    • American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (A.C.P.E.) approved providers shall submit documentation to the Board of such approval every two (2) years and have blanket approval.
    • All other providers shall request approval of programs as a provider on the program approval form each time a program is presented.
    • Nothing in these rules are meant to prohibit the Board and/or GDNA from establishing a program or programs which can be granted special program approval(s) by the Board, and which may be utilized on more than one occasion or whenever such program or programs are presented by the Board or GDNA during a biennium.
The following criteria for quality shall be used for the approval of providers:
  • There shall be an administrative authority charged with the responsibility of maintaining the criteria for quality in continuing education programming for each provider.
  • The administration shall be stable and an established procedure shall exist that insures an orderly transfer of responsibilities in the event there is a change in administration.
  • Providers shall present a program or activity based on the needs of the target audience or the timeliness of the topic.
  • Program objectives and rationale shall be stated.
  • Providers shall give adequate, advanced promotional information, material about target audience, goals and objectives, program content, faculty credentials and fees.
  • Each approved provider of continuing education in the State of Georgia shall provide a means of registration of the participants at each program and a record of attendance shall be maintained for a period of five (5) years.
  • The provider shall also furnish to each participant, adequate documentation of his successful completion of the program.
  • There shall be a method of program evaluation established and a statement of the evaluation process planned shall accompany each application. (The Board may supply sample forms.)
Providers shall furnish each participant with adequate documentation of this or her participation in the program. Information shall include:
  • Name and license number in each state of participant;
  • Name of provider;
  • Name of program;
  • Hours/C.E.U. completed;
  • Date of completion;
  • Authorized signature.
  • The provider shall develop policies and procedures for the management of grievances. (This does not have to be submitted to the Board.)
  • The facility shall be appropriate and adequately equipped to support the delivery of the program.
  • Approval of programs shall be as follows:
Acceptable forms of continuing education shall be as follows:
  • Institutes, seminars;
  • Lectures, conferences, workshops;
  • Correspondence and electronically delivered courses that are A.C.P.E. approved.
The following are not acceptable as continuing educations programs:
  • Welcoming remarks, business sessions, unstructured demonstrations, degree programs, or medical continuing education programs which are not A.C.P.E. or Georgia Board approved.
  • All continuing education providers seeking approval of the continuing education program by the Georgia Board shall submit a program approval form for each program presented.
  • These forms should be submitted sixty (60) days in advance. The Board may exempt programs from this advance time requirement period as set forth by Board policy.
  • The rules provided are from the latest version of Chapter 480-3 as of November 2, 2022. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia for the most updated version of these rules.

The Georgia State Board of Pharmacy does have reciprocity with all states. The only caveat pertains to California applicants. Georgia has reciprocity with applicants who were licensed in California after 2004. If you were licensed in California before 2004, you must take the complete pharmacy examination (practical and MPJE).

Pharmacists in Georgia must complete 30 hours of continuing education during each 2-year biennial cycle to qualify for license renewal.

The renewal deadline is December 31 of each even-numbered year.

There are specific continuing education requirements for your first biennium renewal:

  • If you were licensed before or during the first six months of the biennium (January to June), you must earn 30 hours of continuing education
  • If you were licensed during the following 12 months, you must earn 15 hours of continuing education
  • If you were licensed during the last 6 months of the biennium, you are exempt from continuing education for that biennium only

You can apply for a pharmacist license by filling out an online application and submitting a supplemental packet. Click here for a full list of application requirements.

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Pharmacists in Georgia are required to earn 30 hours of CE credit biennially. To help you find the CE you need to renew your license, freeCE has a wide variety of activities. We add new content to our catalog on a regular basis so you can not only meet your requirements each cycle, but you can choose the activities which interest you most. freeCE doesn’t just offer adequate training—we provide training that is both educational and interesting. These activities are available in both live and on-demand formats and cover important topics from diverse perspectives. Explore freeCE’s packages here.

GEORGIA CE REQUIREMENTS FOR PHARMACY TECHNICIANS

On and after July 1, 2023, pharmacy technicians will be required to earn 20 hours of continuing education every two years.

For your first registration cycle, there are different requirements based on when you register. If you register in the first six months of the two-year cycle (from January to June), you need to complete 20 hours of continuing education. If you register in the next twelve months (from July to June), you must complete 10 hours of C.E.

However, if you register in the last six months of the two-year cycle (from July to December), you won’t need to complete any continuing education for that particular
two-year period.

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