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Pharmacy Technician Certification

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.

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