Changes in Recertification Requirements 

PTCB announced a series of Certification and Recertification Program changes in early 2013 to advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB's standards for certification and recertification. PTCB has already made the changes described below. By 2018, PTCB will completely phase out in-service CE hours. By 2020, 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. 

2016 Changes

Effective January 1, 2016, PTCB implemented 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. 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. 

2015 Changes 

Beginning in 2015, PTCB implemented changes intended to ensure that CPhTs are continually educated through programs specific to the knowledge required of pharmacy technicians in today's pharmacy settings. The new requirements apply to CPhTs who have a renewal date in 2015 or later.

Pharmacy-Technician Specific CE: All recertification and reinstatement candidates eligible for recertification or reinstatement in 2015 and beyond are required to submit pharmacy technician-specific CE hours. As before, CPhTs must complete 20 hours of CE. For recertification candidates, one of the 20 CE hours must be in the subject of pharmacy law, and 1 hour must be in the subject of patient safety. For reinstatement candidates, 2 of the 20 hours must be in the subject of pharmacy law and 1 hour must be in the subject of patient safety. Pharmacy law CE and patient safety CE must be pharmacy technician-specific. PTCB has determined that CE programs offered by ACPE-accredited providers with the target audience designator 'T' satisfy the requirement of pertaining to pharmacy technician-specific subject matter. CPhTs may find that some CE courses are intended for both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians; these CE courses have identical Universal Activity Numbers (UANs) and the target audience is indicated by the last digit, which is either 'P' (pharmacist) or 'T' (pharmacy technician). Non-ACPE-accredited CE programs are accepted if PTCB determines that their program objectives assess or sustain the competency critical to pharmacy technician practice as stated in PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Blueprint.

CE Hours Earned Through In-Service Projects or Training: Beginning in 2015, the maximum number of CE hours a CPhT may earn through in-service projects and training (earned at a certificant’s workplace under the direct supervision of a pharmacist) was reduced to 5 hours from the previous level of 10. Credit for in-service projects is not awarded for the performance of a pharmacy technician’s regular work duties. Credit is granted for the completion of specially assigned in-service projects or training outside of the certificant’s regular responsibilities. Specific requirements are set forth in the Universal Continuing Education Form.

2014 Changes

Effective in April 2014, PTCB added1 hour of required patient safety CE.


View and download the two-sided handout, What is changing?.

The above items are part of a 
package of Certification Program changes announced by PTCB in February 2013 being phased in over 7 years.
View the October 2014 news release.
View the February 2013 announcement