PLEASE NOTE: In 2016, PTCB implemented changes to the recertification process and deadlines.
When To Apply
CPhTs can apply for recertification 60 days prior to their certification expiration date. Applications must be submitted by the Application Deadline. The Application Deadline is the first day of a CPhT’s certification expiration month. PTCB will accept recertification applications up until the expiration date however, any recertification application received after the Application Deadline will be assessed a $25 late application fee, in addition to the required $40 recertification application fee. Read more about the new recertification deadlines
How To Apply
CPhTs apply online from within their PTCB Account. The fee to recertify is $40. A paper application is only available to those with a disability or hardship that precludes using the online application. Requests to use the paper application must be submitted in writing to PTCB, and include appropriate documentation of the disability or hardship.
CPhTs are randomly selected for an audit of their continuing education (CE). All applications are reviewed by PTCB in the order in which they are received and are typically processed within 10 business days. Once an application is approved, the verification database will be updated and a certificate will be made available for download and print.
CPhTs should carefully review the criteria for acceptable CEs. CPhTs are encouraged to contact PTCB if there is a question about the acceptability of a course or program. Applications that contain errors (e.g., inappropriate CEs, lack adequate CE information, incorrect payment amount) will be returned for correction. CPhTs have 30 days, or until the expiration date (whichever is longer), to submit corrections and the $10 reprocessing fee to PTCB.
Failure To Recertify
CPhTs who fail to recertify by midnight Eastern Standard Time on the certification expiration date are no longer considered certified by PTCB and must immediately cease using the designation "CPhT" or "Certified Pharmacy Technician". A pharmacy technician whose certification has expired may apply for reinstatement within one year.
After you renew your certification, you may access your updated certificate by logging into your account and clicking on 'Print Certificate' under 'Certification Management'. Certificates available within your account are free of charge, are official certificates, and should be considered as such for proof of certification purposes. You may also print a wallet-sized card from within your account free of charge.
Optional fine paper certificates with wallet-sized card can be ordered from within your account, but are not included in the application for recertification fee. The current cost for a fine paper certificate with wallet-sized card is $25. For a list of current fees, please refer to the Current Fees page.
If you elect to order a fine paper certificate with wallet-sized card, please log into your account, and click on Certificates on the top menu. Then click Search under Product Search, followed by Certificate Reprint and follow the ordering process. Certificates typically arrive within 4 to 6 weeks.