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Opioid Dependence Treatment (ODT) Core Course: Ontario


Please note:  This page presents information about ODT core course accreditation, registration dates, and costs specific to Ontario.  For the overall course description, learning objectives, delivery method, target audience and information about the ODT certificate please visit the Main Page for the ODT core course.

About the instructions

In this course, the instructions for methadone prescribing are aligned with the Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program Standards and Clinical Guidelines, published by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) in 2011.

Instructions for dispensing methadone are aligned with the Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) and Dispensing Policy of the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP).

Note for pharmacists

This course is for pharmacists who must take it per OCP policy, and who are taking it for the first time.  Pharmacists working on their five-year refresher cannot take this course and must find alternatives.  We recommend the Ontario Pharmacists Association's Methadone Education program: OPA methadone and buprenorphine online modules.  This course may also be of interest to pharmacists waiting to register for the CAMH course.

For other refresher courses, please contact the Pharmacy Practice Department at the Ontario College of Pharmacists:


This course is accredited for the following:

  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada:
    • Up to 22.0 Mainpro-M1 credits:
      • 13.5 Mainpro-M1 credits for the web-based modules
      • 6.5 Mainpro-M1 for the in-class workshop
      • 2.0 Mainpro-M1 credits for the end of course exam
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada:
    • Up to 6 Mainpro-C credits
    • 0 Mainpro-M1 Credits for the in-class workshop
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada:
    • Up to 22.0 Section 1 credits:
      • 13.5 Section 1 credits for the web-based modules
      • 6.5 Section 1 credits for the in-class workshop
      • 2.0 Section 1 credits for the end of course exam
  • The Canadian Council of Continuing Education in Pharmacy:
    • 20.5 continuing education units (CEUs) Program # 1167-2013-696-B-P
  • The Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation:
    • 20 Core CEUs


  • Faculty of Medicine, University for Toronto

Recommended texts

Please note:  These are not included in course fees.  You can purchase the CAMH publications at

  • For all course participants:
  • For physicians:
    • Methadone Maintenance: A Physician's Guide to Treatment, 2nd Edition, published by CAMH.
  • For pharmacists:
    • Opioid Agonist Maintenance Treatment: A Pharmacist's Guide to Methadone and Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorders, published by CAMH.
  • For counsellor and nurses in a case manager role:
    • Methadone Maintenance: A Counsellor's Guide to Treatment, published by CAMH.


  • For physicians: $475
  • For pharmacists: $500
  • For counsellors and nurses: $375

Please note: We no longer accept cheques. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Enrollment withdrawals, refunds and cancellations
Withdrawals from the course are accepted until one week from the course's start date.  These are subject to an administrative fee of $100.
Refunds for advance cancellation (up to 24 hours prior to the course's start date) will be subject to an administrative fee of $50.
Cancellation notice must be communicated in writing by email.
Cancellation of the course
Should CAMH cancel this course for any reason, the organization is not responsible for lost monies related to accommodations, flights or other incidentals.  CAMH will only refund registration fees.
Note: For CAMH staff, please contact

All courses are full for Pharmacists,

Registration for the Spring courses will open on February 17 at 10:00 am.


Robyn Steidman

Education Assistant

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