Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL MEETING INFORMATION

Where is 2019 WPE Conference being held?
The 2019 WPE will be held at the JW Marriott L.A. Live, 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90015

When will the conference take place?
The conference will take place on April 12-14, 2019. However, there will be a couple of pre-conference continuing pharmacy education (CPE) programs offered on April 11, 2019.

Is House of Delegates (HOD) still offered in conjunction with the Western Pharmacy Exchange (WPE) conference?
No. It was decided last year that both events would be separated as stand-alone events to fully take advantage of the activities.

Can I bring a spouse/guest to the conference?
Yes! Spouse/Guest registration starts at $350. Registration includes entrance into the exhibit hall, and all networking events/receptions and luncheons.

I only want to attend one day of the conference; can I purchase a one-day pass?
No, we no longer offer one-day passes. You will have to register for the full conference.

What is the dress code?
Attire for WPE is business casual but feel free to dress comfortably or as dressy as you like. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring a sweater. Meeting rooms tend to run a little cold.

What is the closest airport to JW Marriott, L.A. Live?
JW Marriott, L.A. Live is in between LAX (17 miles) and Burbank (16 miles). See hotel and travel for more information.

When does Exhibit Hall open?
Friday, April 12, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Reception Saturday, April 13, 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Exhibit Hall Dessert Reception

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

How can I register?
For General Registration Click Here
For Student Registration Click Here

What are the registration fees?
Member Pricing
General Pass starts at $695
VIP Pass starts at $845
Student Pass starts at $350
Guest Pass starts at $350

Non-Member Pricing
General Pass starts at $995
VIP Pass starts at $1,1145
Student Pass starts at $385
Guest Pass starts at $350

Is there funding available to help with travel/registration costs?
CPhA is unable to assist with travel or registration costs.  However, student sponsorship is available which means that students will have the opportunity to get half of their conference registration covered by sponsors.

How can I get member pricing?
You must be a member of CPhA in order to take advantage of the membership discount price. If you are unsure of your member status, please email education@cpha.com.  If you are interested in learning more about how to join CPhA click here.

Are the pre-conference sessions included in my conference registration?
No. Separate registration is required but there is a discounted rate for full conference attendees.

What preconference sessions are offered on April 11, 2019, and what are the registration fees?
1. Advanced Practice Pharmacist

Member pricing:

  • $699 w/full conference registration purchase

Non-Member pricing:

  • $1,299 w/full conference registration purchase

2. Immunization Delivery

Member pricing:

  • $354 w/full conference registration purchase

Non-Member pricing:

  • $559 w/full conference registration purchase

I am a speaker; how do I register?
Speakers receive a one-day complimentary registration pass the day they are speaking or 50% off of their full conference registration. To register as a speaker, please click here.

Are there any group discounts?
Yes! Register 5 or more people from the same employer and receive $50 off each registrant. Register 10 or more and receive $75 per registrant. To receive group discounts, registrants must be from the same company/organization and must all register at the same time.

When does registration open and close?
Registration is open NOW! Early bird registration rates end on January 18, 2019. Regular registration rates end on March 8, 2019. Registration closes on March 8, 2019. To register after this date, call CPhA staff at (916) 779-1400.

How can I make modifications to my registration?
To edit or add to your registration, you may do so by logging on to your Attendee Service Center (ASC) and click on registration edit. You may edit your profile or continuing education session selection, however, you will not be able to make changes to your registration package or cancel your registration online.  To make changes to your registration package, you must contact CPhA staff at (916) 779-1400.

What is the cancellation policy for the conference?
Registration fees are refundable, less a $100 processing fee, up until January 18.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations starting January 19, 2019.

Registrations are transferable (within the same membership category) until March 8.  Starting March 9, transfers/substitutions will not be accepted.

All cancellations must be made in writing to the California Pharmacists Association via email at education@cpha.com and/or via mail with a postmark dated before January 18, 2019.

CPhA is not responsible for problems beyond our control such as weather conditions, campus conditions, travel difficulties, etc.  No refunds will be given in these situations if occurring after January 18.

I’m a Pharmacist, how do I sponsor a student?
You can sponsor student(s) during registration. You will see an option that you can select to sponsor student(s). If you know who you want to sponsor, you can list the name(s), if not, one will be selected on your behalf.

Where do I pick up my name badge and registration materials?
For General and Student registration, you may pick your name badge and registration materials at any of our registration kiosks at JW Marriott. Make sure to bring your confirmation email with the QR code for speedy pick up. For VIP registrants, you may pick up your name badge in the VIP lounge. Registration kiosks will open during the following times:

  • Friday, April 12, 7:00 AM
  • Saturday, April 13, 7:00 AM
  • Sunday, April 14, 8:00 AM

 

STUDENT PHARMACIST

*There are 10 student programming sessions, quiz bowl, film festival, exhibit halls, luncheons, receptions, and networking events student can participate in

When does Student programming start?
Saturday, April 13, 2019, thru Sunday, April 14, 2019

Is there a separate onsite registration for students?
No, students can go to any open kiosks to pick up their badges.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

*Annual WPE attendee can earn up to 11.25 continuing education hour credits by attending WPE. There are about 30 continuing education courses to choose from.

Will I receive Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) hours for attending the Western Pharmacy Exchange?
Yes, WPE sessions are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 11.25 CPE contact hours if attending the entire conference.

How will I receive my CPE Credit and Certificate?
An attendance code will be given out at each of the CPE eligible courses.  Attendees will need to record the attendance codes given at each session then enter the codes onto the “claim code” site (http://cpha.learnercommunity.com/).  The credit will automatically be sent to the CPE Monitor within 48 hours of submission.  Certificates can be downloaded directly from the CPE monitor.  CPhA does not print certificates.

Do I need to pre-select the CE sessions?
Yes.  Due to the new learning format, we are requiring all attendees to select and commit to the CE sessions at the time of registration.

What if the CE session I want to participate in is full?
Unfortunately, there is limited space in each session – which is why we encourage early sign-up.

How do I select my CE session?
You can pre-select your CE sessions at the time you register for the conference. You will see all the CE courses that are being offered by day and time. Click on the session you want to register to reserve your spot. You must select a session for each time slot. If you are unable to attend at a certain time, select the “I am not attending…” option to bypass that session.

Can I still change/delete/edit my sessions?
Yes! To make any changes to your CE sessions, log in to your ASC portal and select edit sessions.

How do I know what sessions I am signed up for?
You will get an email confirmation once you complete your conference registration with all the CE sessions you selected. But, you can also log in to your ASC portal at any time to view your sessions.

The CE session I want is full, what do I do?
If a CE session you want is full, you will be put on the waiting list and will be notified once space becomes available. This is why we encourage early registration to reserve your spot.

How do I obtain copies of the presentation?
PowerPoints presentation will be available on the mobile app and on westernpharmacyexchange.com under CE sessions. Click on session title and download the PowerPoints.

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

How do I book my hotel accommodations?
Click here to book your hotel accommodations.

When is the last day to book my room?
The last day to book your room is March 15, 2019, or until room block is full.

Where do I go for more information about the hotel?
You can visit their website by click here

 

LOCAL ASSOCIATION COMPETITION

I keep hearing about a school and local competition – what is it and what does it entail?
As partners of CPhA, we consider our local chapters and schools our best ambassadors. One way to spread the word and gain more exposure to the Western Pharmacy Exchange conference is having our locals and schools help us promote WPE. Each local association and student chapter were given unique discount codes to share. The more each code is used, the bigger the chance the local association or school chapter have of winning money for their local association or school chapter.

I have a local association and/or school discount code, what do I do with it?
If you have been given a discount code from your local association, you can use that code to register for the conference and get $25 off your full conference registration fee. You can enter the code at the last page of registration.  Please note, the discount codes may not be combined with any other discount codes.

Who can I give the discount code to?
Anyone, and everyone!  You can share the discount code with any member or nonmember of your local association or school members and they can save on their registration fees.

 

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