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Your CE Requirements: What Will Change in 2016?

by Laura Humphrey | Sep 30, 2015

This is a reminder that effective January 1, 2016, PTCB will implement a change in continuing education (CE) recertification requirements for Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) that reduces the allowable number of CE hours earned via college/university courses from 15 to 10. Beginning in 2016, a maximum of 10 of your 20 CE hours may be earned by completing a relevant college course with a grade of 'C' or better. This is part of a series of Certification Program changes PTCB announced in early 2013 to advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB's standards for certification and recertification.

PTCB is placing greater emphasis on attaining a diverse portfolio of technician-specific education to recertify. As the nation's healthcare system evolves, pharmacy technician roles are shifting and expanding to better support pharmacists, and it is essential that CPhTs be educated on a variety of relevant topics.

PTCB has already made several in a series of planned Certification Program changes. Changes in recertification requirements to date have included: effective in April 2014, adding one hour of required patient safety CE; and effective in January 2015, requiring all earned CE hours to qualify as technician-specific; and reducing the number of allowable in-service CE hours from 10 to 5. By 2018, PTCB will completely phase out in-service CE hours.

By 2020, PTCB will revise requirements for pharmacy technicians who are applying for initial certification. New certification candidates will be required to successfully complete an education program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

PTCB's series of Certification Program changes support and advance improved patient care and safety throughout pharmacy practice. The changes are the result of a PTCB initiative which began with a 2011 summit on future directions for pharmacy technicians. Summit findings, combined with results from two profession-wide surveys, called for decisive changes.
 
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View the Fact Sheet on 2015 changes in recertification requirements.

View the February 2013 announcement of PTCB's overall Certification Program changes.