Are you eligible to earn your PTCB CSPT Certification?
To apply to become a CSPT, a candidate must be an active PTCB CPhT in good standing and satisfy PTCB’s education and/or work criteria.
An active PTCB CPhT must qualify under one of the following pathways:
Pathway 1: Completion of, or enrollment in, a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training ProgramA for the CSPT Program AND one year of full-time continuous compounded sterile preparation (CSP) work experience.B
Pathway 2: Three years of full-time continuous compounded sterile preparation (CSP) work experience.B
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A CSPT candidates who are within 60 days of completing a PTCB-recognized sterile compounding program are eligible to apply for CSPT Certification. CSPT Certification will not be granted until proof of program completion is provided to PTCB.
B Work experience must be within the last 8 years. Part-time employment and roles that include, but are not fully devoted, to sterile compounding qualify. Sterile compounding experience must have been completed in a US facility and subject to USP <797> and <800> regulations.
|CSPT Application Fee
|CSPT Exam Fee
*Nonrefundable one-time fee required per one-year CSPT Candidacy Window
How To Apply and Schedule
Log into your existing PTCB Account.
Apply for CSPT Certification through the link in your PTCB Account.
Once your application for CSPT candidacy is approved, you will receive an email granting you a one-year Candidacy Eligibility Window and an authorization to schedule. During this one-year period, you must complete the following requirements:
- Submit the CSPT Competency Attestation Form completed by a qualified supervisor.
- Schedule, take, and pass the CSPT Exam. After receiving your authorization to schedule email, you have 90 days to schedule and take the exam. The CSPT Exam is administered year‐round at about 400 Pearson Professional Centers nationwide.
Prepare for Your Exam
The exam covers hazardous and nonhazardous Compounded Sterile Products (CSPs) in the following domains:
|Medications and Components
|Facilities and Equipment
|Sterile Compounding Procedures
|Handling, Packaging, Storage, and Disposal
PTCB has made three essential resources available to assist candidates in preparing for the CSPT Exam:
- CSPT Exam Content Outline
- CSPT Exam Medications List
- CSPT Exam Reference List
Candidates should thoroughly review these resources before attempting the CSPT Exam.
Pearson VUE Tutorial
The Pearson tutorial provides a preview of the testing experience and functionality. The tutorial is not specific to the CSPT Exam.
Submit Your Competency Attestation Form
CSPT candidates must submit a Competency Attestation Form during their one-year Candidacy Eligibility Window as one of the requirements to earn the CSPT credential. The Competency Attestation Form documents that the candidate has completed CSPT Program requirements for training, skills assessment, and competency assessment. After the form is completed by a qualified supervisor, the candidate can submit it by logging into their PTCB Account.
Competency Attestation Form