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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 physicians

Physicians should confirm with the CPSO that they are eligible for the methadone exemption.

Note for pharmacists

We are pleased to announce that CAMH offers now an online course: Opioid use disorder treatment, that has the same learning objectives as the Opioid dependence treatment core course, and pharmacists who complete this course will be in compliance with the Ontario College of Pharmacists’ policy regarding required training.

Unlike our core course, this online version has no face-to-face component. The six online modules include:

  • interprofessional, patient-centred activities, involving online meetings and a written assignment
  • review questions
  • case studies
  • quizzes
  • discussion forums
  • learning assessments.

For detailed description of the course, please click here


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:

Accreditation for ODT Core Course

  • This Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Toronto's Continuing Professional Development office for up to 10 Mainpro+ credits (8.0 credits for web-based modules; 2.0 credits for the end of course exam);
  • This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12 Mainpro+ credits (for the in-class workshop - ID #172300);
  • The continuing education event indicated has been designated as a U of T Accredited event and awarded with the following credits: Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada - 16.5 Section 1 credits; (8.0 Section 1 credits for total of 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 on Continuing Educaiton in Pharmacy: 20.5 continuing education units (CEUs) Program # 1167-2016-1654-B-P; Expiry Date: 28/02/2018
  • 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:
  • Making the Choice, Making it Work - Treatment for Opioid Addiction
  • The CPSO Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program Standards and Clinical Guidelines 2011.  Available:
    • 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: $450
    • For pharmacists: $450
    • For counsellors and nurses: $450

    Enrollment withdrawals, refunds and cancellations
    Withdrawals from the course are accepted until until the course start date  These are subject to an administrative fee of $100.
    There will be no refunds after the course start date.

    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 Physicians
    Physicians should confirm with the CPSO that they are eligible for the methadone exemption.

    Registration for fall courses

    For Pharmacists Only

    Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
    October 2 - November 20, 2017
    Course is now FULL

    ODT Core Course (all practitioners) - please note that all the pharmacists spots are now full for both dates listed below.

    September 14 - October 14, 2017
    • Online course beigns September 14
    • One-day workshop in Toronto, Saturday October 14
    • To register please click on the link below:

    October 19 - November 19, 2017
    • Online course beigns October 19
    • One-day workshop in Toronto, Sunday November 19
    • To register please click on the link below:



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