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About PTCB

PTCB was established in 1995 by the American Pharmacists AssociationAmerican Society of Health-System PharmacistsIllinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists; and Michigan Pharmacists Association; and joined by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in 2001. PTCB advocates for a single national standard for pharmacy technician certification that is recognized and supported by the profession. Establishing a national standard for pharmacy technician certification is consistent with the approach used by other health professions, including the pharmacist licensure process.

Mission

PTCB advances medication safety by certifying technicians who are qualified to support pharmacists and patient care teams in all practice settings.

Vision

PTCB sets the standard for certification of pharmacy technicians that improves medication safety and patient care.

 

NCCA Accreditation

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The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) was created in 1987 by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs that assess professional competence. NCCA uses a peer review process to: establish accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with the standards; recognize organizations/programs which demonstrate compliance; and serve as a resource on quality certification. Certification programs that receive accreditation demonstrate compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, which were the first standards for professional certification programs developed by the industry. 

In 2006, PTCB joined the select group of organizations that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. The initial application and renewals in 2011 and 2017 entailed lengthy reviews of PTCB's procedures, protocols, and operations. NCCA standards address the structure and governance of PTCB, the characteristics of PTCB's certification program, the information required to be available to exam candidates, certificants, and the public, and the recertification initiatives of PTCB. PTCB's test development and administration procedures, psychometric analyses, and policies and procedures all meet NCCA's stringent standards. NCCA's Standards for compliance exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The NCCA standards are consistent with The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, and NCME). Certification organizations that submit their programs for NCCA accreditation are evaluated based on their processes and products. Their program content validity is demonstrated with a comprehensive job analysis conducted and analyzed by experts, with data gathered from occupation or industry stakeholders. NCCA-accredited programs encompass a wide range of professions and occupations, including nurses, automotive professionals, respiratory therapists, counselors, and others. To date, NCCA has accredited approximately 330 programs from more than 130 organizations. More about NCCA accreditation standards is found at NCCA Accreditation.

ANSI Accreditation

ANSI Accredited ProgramIn 2017, PTCB’s Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program earned accreditation from the ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Program through December 2022.

ANSI is the first personnel certification accreditation body in the US to meet internationally accepted practices for accreditation. ANSI is the official US representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the US National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); and is a US representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The ANSI accreditation process – based on the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard – is designed to increase the integrity, confidence, and mobility of certified professionals.

ANSI’s personnel certification accreditation program was the first such program in the US to fulfill the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies, which represents the global benchmark for accreditation body practice. Accordingly, ANSI’s accreditation program is recognized as a world-renowned leader in personnel credentialing. ANSI is a signatory to the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) Multilateral Arrangement (MLA) for ISO/IEC 17024. ANSI’s 17024 accreditation program is recognized under the PAC MLA for Persons.

Since the launch of ANSI’s Personnel Certification Accreditation Program in 2003, the Institute has accredited 67 personnel certification bodies for 190 certification programs across a range of industry sectors involving more than 3.5 million people.

 


PTCB is a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization.