Find out everything you need to know about APR's training classes
- How often and where does Access Pharmacy Resources conduct its CA and FL training classes?
- How many employees should attend the CA or FL training?
- How should I select which employee(s) should attend the CA training?
- What criteria are there for an individual to become a CA Designated Representative?
- Is the APR CA Designated Training Webinar a `board approved´ training that meets the CA State Board of Pharmacy requirements?
- Are the APR CA and FL training programs guaranteed?
- For the CA class, do I need to have 1 year of experience before I take the class?
It is our goal to meet our customers' needs on their schedules, not ours. The number of classes and where they are held depend largely upon these needs. Therefore, APR has no fixed schedule of class dates or where they are held. We do our best to provide a central location to as many attendees as possible. When you see scheduled class dates on our website, it means we already have attendees booked for that seminar.
APR gives at least one class each month, usually in Southern California. In many cases our classes are held with greater frequency, depending on the needs of our customers. We also offer on-site training for companies that may need several designated reps. Additionally, we have traveled out of state to facilitate our friends who are registered as "non-resident wholesalers". To find out when and where the next class is, check our 'Seminar Schedule' page. If you want more info, or if you want to arrange a class specifically for your company, call Renee Evans, our conference coordinator in the APR office at (951) 656-8115.
There are no set regulations in the law about how many employees need to be certified as designated representatives. However, the law is very specific that a registered pharmacist or a designated rep MUST be on the premises of a CA licensed wholesaler AT ALL TIMES during the conduct of ANY business, regardless of the type of business that is being conducted. Each CA based facility must also have 1 Designated Rep-in-Charge.
If you are a CA board licensed "Non-Resident Wholesaler", you must have at least 1 designated representative-in-charge listed with the California board. Knowing that no single employee is on your premises during all daily hours of operation, it is the recommendation of the California State Board of Pharmacy that more than 1 employee is certified as a designated representative.
If a CDR leaves the employ of a CA licensed facility, there is a 30 day period in which they must be replaced. The board typically takes 8-10 weeks to approve an application. It is recommended that more than 1 person at each facility be licensed as a Designated Rep.
In Florida, a CDR must have 2 years of management experience in a wholesaler, or two years of experience working in a pharmacy. You must be employed full time by the wholesaler for which you are becoming a CDR and you must be in a management position. Vacations and sick time of normal length are allowed as are other `authorized absences´ for up to 60 days.
Please understand that if a CDR leaves the employ of the facility for which they oversee, the facility has 10 days to replace that employee. No person can get approved to take the exam, and then take and pass the exam within a 10 day period. It is therefore recommended that more than 1 person at each facility have a CDR license.
There are 3 important factors that should go into your selection process: hours of operation, job descriptions and duties, and individual employee knowledge and responsibility.
First consider your hours of operation. For example, if an employee or group of employees start an early shift in your facility, the law states that once they open the building, and therefore start conducting business, there must be a designated rep on the premises (for California based wholesalers only). The same would be true of an evening or night shift.
Second, look at your employees' job descriptions and daily duties. CA law makes no connection between an employee's title or job description and the designated representative requirement. Access Pharmacy Resources has provided training to all levels of employees from CEO's, owners, managers, and supervisors, to regular staff employees. Who you select depends primarily on the needs of your individual facility.
Third, as you make your selection, remember that a primary duty of a designated rep is the control and charge of the inventory of dangerous drugs and/or devices, as well as all record keeping requirements for disposition of your inventory. Because this is an important responsibility that involves protecting the consumers of the State of California, due diligence would indicate that your designated rep candidates have knowledge, accessibility and a sense of awareness of the importance of appropriately maintaining your inventory and record keeping of dangerous drugs and devices. The Designated Rep-in-Charge and the owners share the responsibility and liability for compliance with the laws that you will receive training in.
Again, as you plan your designated representative training, think of hours of operation, job descriptions and duties, and the individual employee's knowledge and responsibility surrounding the accessibility to dangerous drugs and devices. Then, call APR at (951) 656-8115 with any question about how we can help your facility comply with the law.
Florida´s CDR requirements require 2 years of management experience in a licensed wholesaler facility, or 2 years of experience working in a pharmacy. You are also required to currently be a manager to qualify being approved to take the exam.
Three criteria are stated in the law:
- High School diploma or GED equivalent
- A minimum of 1 year of paid work experience related to the distribution or dispensing of dangerous drugs or devices. This experience must be within the past 3 years.
- Complete a training program approved by the board that addresses at a minimum the five following subjects:
- Knowledge and understanding of state and federal law relating to the distribution of dangerous drugs and devices.
- Knowledge and understanding of state and federal law relating to the distribution of controlled substances.
- Knowledge and understanding of quality control systems.
- Knowledge and understanding of the United States Pharmacopoeia standards relating to the safe storage and handling of drugs.
- Knowledge and understanding of prescription terminology, abbreviations, dosages and format.
Yes. We have trained hundreds of candidates who have received their designated rep certificates. We come into repeated contact with board inspectors and staff members who help us identify new laws and interpretations.
Our CA class offers a no cost re-training guarantee if a candidate is denied a CA Designated Rep permit for the stated sole purpose of a deficiency in the training program. Such training deficiency must be stated in writing from the CA State Board of Pharmacy and dated within 6 months of the training day. Denial of a Designated Representative permit for any other reason will not be cause for a no cost retraining session. We have never had to put this guarantee into place. Our class is continually updated and it far exceeds the minimum CA state mandated requirements of what we cover.
Our FL class is a prep class for the Florida CDR Licensure Exam. We cannot provide any guarantee that you will pass the exam. The exam is difficult and requires extensive study and preparation. Our class is also extensive and we cover a tremendous amount of material. Attending our class helps trainees understand the complex laws and rules that you have to know to pass the exam.
We also link sections together to provide better continuity of these statutes and rules...how they interrelate, corroborate and amplify each other. We fully believe that our class greatly increases your chances of passing, but we cannot offer any attendee a guarantee that they will pass the exam. If an trainee does not pass, we offer greatly discounted pricing if they choose to take our class again.
No. There is no statement in the law with that requirement. We have trained many designated representative candidates who had not yet had their 1 year of paid work experience completed. A candidate would simply wait until the one year of paid work experience has been completed and, at the time, send in their application paperwork to the board.