Shaping the future for pharmacy technicians
PTCB serves a community of pharmacy technicians, employers, educators, and state organizations committed to providing safe, quality patient care.
PTCB’s certification program is the gold standard for certifying pharmacy technicians. Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) work with pharmacists to run pharmacies smoothly and provide safe, effective patient care in hospital, health-system, and retail settings. CPhTs, compared to non-certified technicians, report higher earnings, more promotion opportunities, enhanced self-worth, improved job satisfaction and increased knowledge. The eligibility requirements to become a CPhT are: a high school diploma or equivalent; a record free of felony and/or criminal convictions; and a passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). Learn more about getting certified.
PTCB’s values our relationship with employers who play a critical role in advancing the practice of pharmacy. Employers care about hiring the right candidates, training employees, and providing career advancement opportunities. Employers trust that CPhTs meet a high standard for knowledge and are focused on safe patient care. PTCB is committed to helping employers develop a skilled pharmacy technician workforce for the future, prepared to support pharmacists within the evolving health care system. By becoming an Advocate Partner and joining the PTCB Employer Partnership Program, employers receive special benefits, recognition and incentives to advance certification of your employees.
PTCB works hard to support educators who are committed to preparing a qualified pharmacy technician workforce. We provide resources to help you, our valued educators, prepare students to take the PTCE. Through our Educator Program, educators can join and receive benefits, including quarterly feedback on your class’ PTCE performance, bulk discounts on exams, our monthly newsletter, exam vouchers for your students, recognition on the PTCB website, and more. Find out what you can gain from PTCB.
PTCB reaches out to pharmacy technicians across the country through our partnerships with more than 70 state-level health-system and community pharmacy associations in 45 states. By communicating through these partners, PTCB widely promotes the CPhT credential and certification program to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, educators, and legislators. Learn more about state associates
and see the tallies of CPhTs in every state
State Boards of Pharmacy
PTCB works closely with state Boards of Pharmacy
to continually ensure the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) meets the needs of the Boards in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The PTCE, recognized in all 50 states, is the only pharmacy technician certification exam vetted by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
Certification and the expansion of responsibilities have empowered pharmacy technicians to practice in ground-breaking areas within the federal pharmacy system. The incorporation of certification requirements in the military demonstrates federal pharmacy's commitment to improving patient safety and rewarding pharmacy technicians through better pay and opportunities. PTCB is honored that many of the more than 480,000 pharmacy technicians certified since 1995 are part of the world's best military healthcare personnel.
High school career counselors are uniquely positioned to have an impact on soon-to-graduate juniors and seniors who are seeking to define a career direction following completion of their high school degrees. PTCB offers materials on becoming a CPhT for counselors to share. Please learn more about the process of becoming a CPhT, and share this with your students, through Sarah's story.