The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) will be implementing some major changes over the next several years. The information provided below is current, but for information about future changes, go to www.ptcb.org or download this document.
Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT) are required to renew their certification on a two-year basis. Twenty (20) contact hours of continuing education in pharmacy-related topics are required and must be earned within the two-year period. At least 1.0 contact hour shall be in the area of pharmacy law, and 1.0 contact hour shall be on the topic of patient safety. Continuing education hours earned prior to passing the PTCB Examination may not be used for your recertification. Any extra hours you earn over the required 20 may not be "rolled over" and used during the next recertification period. The recertification fee is $35 for online processing and $50 for a paper application.
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accreditation is not mandatory for attended programs for pharmacy technicians to receive continuing education credit. ACPE courses meeting necessary criteria and appropriate for pharmacy technicians are acceptable. ACPE programs designated for pharmacy technicians contain a "T" in the ACPE Universal Activity Number (UAN).
Some of the ACPE continuing education courses PPA offers are applicable for technicians. We typically note this on the program brochure. Watch for programs with the "T" in the ACPE UAN.
You may earn a maximum five (5) of the twenty (20) hours at your workplace under the direct supervision of the pharmacist(s). However, these credits may not be earned by working five (5) hours at your regular duties. You should arrange with your supervising pharmacist for the completion of specially assigned in-service projects or training. These assignments should be selected with your individual needs in mind and may include computer training, inventory control, IV admixtures, videos, self-study articles from professional pharmacy journals, etc. Your supervising pharmacist records these in-service hours on the PTCB Universal Continuing Education Form . All other continuing education courses should award their own Certificate of Participation. A PTCB Universal Continuing Education Form should not be completed for those courses that issue a Certificate of Participation. Each time the PTCB Universal Continuing Education Form is used, the program is considered an in-service.
Additional information and questions is available at www.ptcb.org.
For a list of ASHP-accredited schools in Pennsylvania that offer pharmacy technician training, click here.
PTCB Practice Exam and Calculations Practice App
Updated Official PTCB Practice Exam
The updated Official PTCB® Practice Exam is the only practice test authorized by PTCB. Designed with the look and feel of the PTCE, it provides an experience much like taking the actual exam. PTCB developed the updated practice exam according to industry best practices. It was written and reviewed by subject matter experts, piloted by real test takers, and built according to the same content specifications as the PTCE. Like the PTCE, the practice exam contains 90 questions and has a 110-minute time limit. After completing the practice exam, test takers can log in to view their results, including correct and incorrect answers, with explanations for each. Test takers are allowed a total of 24 hours of post-exam review time within their 90-day exam delivery window. The Practice Exam price is $29, with bulk discounts offered to pharmacy technician educators and employers who participate in the PTCB Advocate Program.
Official PTCB® Calculations Practice Questions App
The first Official PTCB® Calculations Practice Questions app is now available for iOS and Android devices. Released September 27, 2016, the app features 90 questions that have appeared on the actual PTCE and represent calculations commonly performed by pharmacy technicians. To provide the best preparation experience, questions were selected from previous live PTCE exam questions that reflect a variety of calculation types, strong item performance, and a style similar to the current PTCE. Although the exact questions are no longer on the actual PTCE, these questions will help users develop a feel for the calculations they will encounter when they take the real PTCE, and strengthen their math skills. Test takers can take advantage of step-by-step explanations provided at the end of the practice questions to further enhance their studying.
Visit ptcb.org/practice for information about Official PTCB Practice Tools.