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Did You Know? Continuing Education Requirements Are Changing

by PTCB Staff | Nov 13, 2014

PTCB will require continuing education (CE) hours to be pharmacy technician-specific beginning in 2015. This requirement will be implemented as follows:
  • Any CE hours completed on or after January 1, 2015 will need to be in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter to count toward recertification. 
  • This new CE requirement will not apply to CE hours completed on or before December 31, 2014.

For example, if you are due to recertify in 2015, you may have already completed some CE hours during 2013 or 2014, and plan to complete your remaining CE hours during 2015. PTCB will continue to accept CE hours in pharmacy-related subject matter that are completed on or before December 31, 2014. PTCB will not accept CE hours completed in 2015 or later that are not pharmacy technician-specific.  

Example Scenarios    

  • You complete 15 hours of CE before December 31, 2014. Some of these hours are not pharmacy technician-specific. These hours do not present a problem and can be submitted with your 2015 recertification application. However, your remaining 5 CE hours to be completed in 2015 will need to be pharmacy technician-specific.  
  • You complete all 20 CE hours before December 31, 2014. You do not need to do anything else, even if some of your CE hours are not pharmacy technician-specific. 
  • You do not complete any CE hours before 2015. All of your CE hours will need to be pharmacy technician-specific.
In addition to this change, beginning in 2015, PTCB will reduce the number of allowable CE hours earned through in-service training from 10 to 5. 

The updated requirements are part of a set of Certification Program changes announced by PTCB in early 2013 to advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB’s standards for certification and recertification. The revised requirements are meant to ensure that CPhTs are continually educated through programs that are specific to the demands placed on CPhTs in today’s pharmacy settings.

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View the fact sheet on changes coming in 2015.
Read the October 2014 news release.
Read the February 2013 announcement.
Learn more about the Certification Program changes being phased in over 7 years.