The Pharmacy Technician Certification Process
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is a national certification program that enables pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service.
Individuals who meet all eligibility requirements and who successfully pass the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination may use the designation “CPhT” after their name. Certification is valid for two years.
PTCB’s certification is a national certification that is valid nationwide. The regulations to work in a pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician vary from state to state. Contact your state board of pharmacy for whatever state you would prefer to practice in or visit the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy list of state laws.
Eligibility Requirements for the PTCB Exam:
- High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma).
- Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions.
- Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies.
- Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
Topics Covered on the PTCB Exam:
Click here to see the blueprint for the exam. This blueprint is for the updated exam that went into effect on November 1st, 2013.