To achieve PTCB Certification, candidates must satisfy the following eligibility requirements:
- 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).
A candidate may be disqualified for PTCB Certification upon the disclosure or discovery of:
- Criminal conduct involving the candidate;
- State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure action involving the candidate;
- Violation of a PTCB Certification policy, including but not limited to the Code of Conduct.
PTCB reserves the right to investigate criminal background, verify candidate eligibility and deny certification to any individual.
Once certified, CPhTs must report any felony conviction, drug or pharmacy-related violations, or State Board of Pharmacy action taken against their license or registration at the occurrence and at the time of recertification, to PTCB for review. Disqualification determinations are made on a case-by-case basis.
Candidates apply for certification online. The cost to apply for certification and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is $129. Candidates and CPhTs who misrepresent their eligibility, or violate PTCB's policies, may be subject to discipline. Candidates who successfully apply will be authorized to schedule an exam appointment.
Candidates who require testing accommodations must request special accommodations during the application process. Accommodations that are reasonable and consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be provided by PTCB at no additional cost to candidates. Candidates who need to bring medical equipment into the testing room need to request an accommodation if the item is not on the list of allowed items.
PTCB does not discriminate against any individual because of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or national origin in administering its certification policies. PTCB endorses the principles of equal opportunity.