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Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT-Adv)

Establish yourself as an experienced pharmacy technician by earning your Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT-Adv) credential.


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CPhTs who earn the CPhT-Adv Certification are recognized for their expertise and experience, and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to advancing medication safety.





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Eligibility Requirements

A candidate must hold an active PTCB CPhT Certification and have completed:

​✔ at least 3 years of work experience as a pharmacy technician within the past 8 years, and
​✔ at least four PTCB Assessment-Based Certificate Programs (must include TPV or Medication History), or three Certificate Programs (must include TPV or Medication History) and the Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician® (CSPT®) Certification.



CPhTs must submit an application in order to be granted the CPhT-Adv credential. There is no additional fee or exam associated with the application.

Candidates can monitor their progress toward eligibility by viewing their progress bar within their PTCB Account. Once a candidate is eligible to apply, they will receive an email from PTCB inviting them to submit an application. 

Get Certified

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Your CPhT-Adv credential status can be verified through PTCB's Certification Verification page.



Once granted the CPhT-Adv credential, your certificate will be available to download through your PTCB Account. Within your PTCB Account, you may also choose to order a fine paper certificate with wallet-sized card for a small fee.


Digital Badges

Upon earning your certification, you will receive an email invitation from the Credly Platform via with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

This digital badge will contain information describing your certification, including how you earned it. You can display the badge in your email signature, electronic files of a resume, and on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


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Those who wish to maintain their CPhT-Adv credential must satisfy the CPhT CE requirements and submit an additional five 5 hours of CE in any pharmacy topic for a total of 25 hours of continuing education (CE) during each 2-year recertification cycle.


Reinstatement Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed for CPhT-Adv recertification, reinstatement candidates must complete 2 hours in the subject of pharmacy law and 1 hour in the subject of patient safety.


Recertification & Reinstatement Fees

CPhT-Adv Recertification (every 2 years) $49
CPhT-Adv Reinstatement $89
Other Fees  
Late Application Processing Fee* $25
Reprocessing Fee** $10


*Any recertification application received after the Application Deadline, which is the first day of the certification expiration month, will be assessed a $25 late application fee, in addition to the required recertification application fee.

**Applies each time an application is returned for corrections. This fee is nonrefundable.