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Become a PTCB® CPhT

The Certification Advantage

The CPhT is the gold standard of credentialing for pharmacy technicians. PTCB® offers the CPhT certification to individuals who wish to distinguish themselves in the pharmacy technician field. PTCB’s certification program enables technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. Most employers prefer, and many require, that their pharmacy technicians be CPhTs.

Certification Benefits

  • Respected credential
  • Validated achievement and knowledge                                                                     
  • Improved employment opportunities
  • Potential for higher salary
  • Career growth
  • Understanding of pharmacy law
  • Prestige among coworkers

Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
  • Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
  • Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions
  • Compliance with all applicable PTCB certification policies

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase more than 20% between 2012 and 2022. The BLS suggests that pharmacy technicians with formal education or training, previous work experience and national certification will be specifically sought after to meet these demands.

Made your decision to get certified? Follow these steps:

  1. Find out if you are eligible
  2. Learn about the program
  3. Create a PTCB Account
  4. Apply for the program
  5. Become familiar with your State Board of Pharmacy regulations
  6. Prepare for the exam
  7. Schedule your exam date
  8. Take your exam and pass!
  9. Keep your CPhT current - recertify!

The PTCB certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). More than 500,000 technicians have been certified by PTCB in the United States.

Pharmacy technicians who are certified are being employed in traditional as well as innovative practice models across the nation. Employing CPhTs allows pharmacies to expand services and enhance patient care, and gives pharmacists more time to spend with patients, providing drug information, answering questions and promoting compliance with medication regimens. Certification provides the public and pharmacists with greater confidence in their pharmacies.