Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
PTCB is implementing changes in the PTCB Certification Program. The new changes will advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB’s standards for national certification and recertification. PTCB is phasing in the changes during a seven-year period through 2020. The changes include accredited education requirements and changes in acceptable continuing education (CE) programs for recertification.
By 2020, PTCB will require each new candidate for certification to complete an ASHP/ACPE-accredited pharmacy technician education program.
RecertificationTo qualify for PTCB recertification, each Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) must complete:
- One hour of patient safety CE beginning in 2014
- Twenty hours of pharmacy technician-specific CE beginning in 2015
- Via college/university coursework—from 15 to 10 hours beginning in 2016
- Through in-services —from 10 to 5 hours starting in 2015, and from 5 to 0 in 2018
Comment PeriodOn May 31, 2013, PTCB completed a 90-day open online comment period which allowed members of the pharmacy community to share best practices for implementing the new requirements. Procedures, guidelines, and other details will be published closer to the planned implementation dates.
Open ForumsPTCB is working closely with educators, employers, boards of pharmacy, and state/national organizations to best implement these decisions. During early 2013, PTCB asked for live feedback from pharmacy technicians and stakeholders at the following open forums across the country:
American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition 2013
Session: Sunday, March 3 from 2:00-3:00 pm in room 153B, in Los Angeles, CA
California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) West Coast Pharmacy Exchange
Session: Sunday, March 17 from 5:00-6:00 pm, in Monterey, CA
South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SCSHP) 2013 Annual Meeting
Sessions: Sunday, March 24 & Monday, March 25 from 3:30-4:30 pm, in Charleston, SC
Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) Educational Conference
Session: Thursday, April 18 from 1:00-2:00 pm, in Madison, WI
North Dakota Pharmacists Association (NDPhA) Annual Convention
Session: Friday, April 26, in Dickinson, ND
Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) 2013 Annual Meeting
Session: Saturday, April 27 in Austin, TX
During the summit, participants expressed the need for the profession to move beyond philosophical discussion and make decisions on the future of pharmacy practice and the role of pharmacy technicians.
Recommendations from the summit include eligibility requirements for the PTCB Certification Program, requirements for recertification, and the creation of new specialty certification programs.
In March 2012, the C.R.E.S.T. Initiative Steering Committee, composed of 10 leaders in pharmacy, developed and launched a profession-wide survey on the above recommendations. The survey was completed by more than 17,000 pharmacy technicians and pharmacists nationwide. Results from the survey will provide the PTCB Board of Governors and Certification Council with important input from the profession on advancing the work of pharmacy technicians and the future of the PTCB Certification Program.
C.R.E.S.T. Initiative News
PTCB 2011 C.R.E.S.T. Summit Proceedings
PTCB, June 2011
PTCB Considers Changes to Certification, Recertification
AJHP News, July 2011
Health Reform: Opening New Vistas for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians
PharmacyTech News, June 2011
PTCB Hosts C.R.E.S.T. Summit
Journal of Pharmacy Technology, May/June 2011
C.R.E.S.T. Summit: Focus on Continued Innovation
Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, May 2011
C.R.E.S.T. Summit Supports Continued Innovation in Pharmacy: Consensus is Clear, Now is the Time for Change
PTCB News Release, March 2011
PTCB C.R.E.S.T. Summit Emphasized Pharmacy's Role in Health Care
DrugStore News, March 2011