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About PTCB

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) was established in January 1995 and is governed by five organizations: the American Pharmacists Association; the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists; the Michigan Pharmacists Association; and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Since 1995, PTCB has advocated for a single national standard for pharmacy technician certification that is recognized and supported by the profession. Establishing a single standard for pharmacy technician certification through PTCB is consistent with the approach used by other health professions, as well as the approach utilized within the pharmacist licensure process.

Mission Statement

PTCB develops, maintains, promotes, and administers a nationally accredited certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians to enable the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety.

Certification Excellence

Since 1995, PTCB has certified over 400,000 technicians nationwide and is the only pharmacy technician certification program endorsed by the American Pharmacist Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Certification?
Certification is the process by which a non-governmental association or agency grants recognition to an individual who has met certain predetermined qualifications specified by that association or agency.

How do I get an application?
To request an application or applications you can call PTCB (202) 429-7576, fax PTCB (202) 429-7596, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or request an application through the PTCB web site www.ptcb.org, or write PTCB and send it to:
2215 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037
When and where is the examination administered?
The PTCB exam is administered three times per year in March, July and November at 120 locations in through out United States. Special Sunday test centers are available for candidates who have religious beliefs that prevent them from taking the examination on Saturday.Appropriate documentation is required for a Sunday test site. Professional Examination Service (PES), a testing service agency under contract with the PTCB, administers and scores the examination and issues the score reports.

What are the eligibility requirements for the PTCB exam?
To be eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, the candidate must have a high school diploma or GED, and have never been convicted of a felony

What are the procedures for applying for the examination?
Candidates may now register online for the PTCB exam at www.ptcb.org. Online registration is subject to the same timelines as the paper scannable application process, all PTCB deadlines are Midnight Eastern Standard Time. Application materials are available online at www.ptcb.org or by calling PTCB at (202) 429-7576.

What is the cost for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination?
The application fee for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination is $120.

What is a pharmacy technician?
For purposes of national certification, pharmacy technicians are defined as individuals working in a pharmacy, who under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, assist in activities not requiring the professional judgment of a pharmacist.

How are pharmacy technician roles and responsibilities defined?
State rules and regulations as well as job-center policies and procedures may specifically define functions and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians. The pharmacy technician is accountable to the supervising pharmacist, who is legally responsible by virtue of state licensure for the care and safety of patients served by the pharmacy.

What is the recognition of certification?
Individuals who meet all eligibility requirements and who successfully pass the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination may use the designation "CPhT" after their name. A certificate and wallet card will be sent to newly Certified Pharmacy Technicians approximately six to eight weeks after sitting for the examination. Certification is valid for two years.

If I come to the site on the day of the exam without an admission ticket and there are seats available, may I sit for the exam?
PTCB does not have a stand-by policy for the exam. You must be registered and have been issued an admission ticket in order to sit for the exam.

If I am certified as a pharmacy technician in one state will that cover me for all states?
PTCB's certification is a national certification that is valid nationwide. However the regulations to work in a pharmacy vary from state to state for practicing technicians. It would be wise to contact the state board of pharmacy for whatever state you would prefer to practice in or visit www.nabp.org.

How do candidates prepare for the exam?
The PTCB online practice test is only available at www.ptcb.org to provide diagnostic feedback to aid the study process. The PTCB practice test is a copyrighted document that is only available online and cannot be printed, emailed, or put on a cd-rom. Content on the practice test corresponds to that of the actual examination, which applies to all practice meetings. Familiarity with the material contained in basic pharmacy technician training manuals may be helpful. A reference listing also is provided at www.ptcb.org. PTCB does not produce or recommend any study guides.

What is the recertification process?
Renewal of certification is required every two years from your certification date. A total of twenty hours in pharmacy-related continuing education is must be completed within the two-year period. At least one hour must be in the area of pharmacy law.

The application instructions say that CE programs do not have to be accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and that ACPE is not a program sponsor. Does this mean that I cannot use the CEs I have with ACPE?
The ACPE logo on your certificate indicates that the program sponsor is accredited by ACPE; however they are not a Program Sponsor. ACPE accredits the CE program as valid however the CE was not produced by ACPE it was produced by another organization or web site. For this reason, when you list those CEs on your recertification application, please list the name of the CE provider, not ACPE, as the Program Sponsor.

Pharmacy Technician CE Requirements

Registered pharmacy technicians and state-certified pharmacy technicians must begin acquiring continuing education (CE) after this renewal cycle. For renewal of their 2004-2005 registrations they must be able to document participation in 10 hours of Continuing Education (CE) that must be ACPE approved or CME Category 1.

Also, the Pharmacy Board would like to remind pharmacists that ALL technicians must be registered in the State of Oklahoma. It is the responsibility of the pharmacist-in-charge to ensure that all pharmacy technicians employed hold a current registration.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2011 08:51
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