Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT)

Take the next step in your career and demonstrate your expertise in compounded sterile preparation practice.

INTRO

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Many pharmacy technicians are responsible for sterile compounding, the preparation of medications in a sterile environment to prevent contamination. Becoming a Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician® (CSPT®) demonstrates a CPhT’s knowledge and skill as a specialized pharmacy technician as well as their commitment to the role they play in ensuring medication safety. 

Earning the CSPT Certification provides the opportunity to be recognized by your employer and colleagues for successfully meeting PTCB’s rigorous requirements for this advanced credential.

 

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PREPARE & APPLY

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Eligibility Requirements

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.

 

Educational Requirement

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.

View a list of PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for the CSPT Program.

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.

 

Exam Fee

CSPT Application Fee $50*
CSPT Exam Fee $149
Total Fees $199

*Non-refundable one-time fee required per one-year CSPT Candidacy Window

 

How To Apply and Schedule

  1. Log into your existing PTCB Account.

  2. Apply for CSPT Certification through the link in your PTCB Account.

  3. 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 non-hazardous Compounded Sterile Products (CSPs) in the following domains:

Medications and Components 17%
Facilities and Equipment 22%
Sterile Compounding Procedures 53%
Handling, Packaging, Storage, and Disposal 8%

 

PTCB has made three essential resources available to assist candidates in preparing for the CSPT Exam:

  1. CSPT Exam Content Outline
  2. CSPT Exam Medications List
  3. CSPT Exam Reference List

Candidates should thoroughly review these resources before attempting the CSPT Exam. PTCB is planning to introduce its CSPT Practice Exam by Fall 2020. 

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

Prepare for the CSPT Exam
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TAKE THE EXAM

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About the Exam

  • The CSPT Exam is a computer-based exam administered at Pearson VUE test centers nationwide.
  • The assessment is a multiple-choice exam that contains 75 questions: 60 scored questions and 15 unscored questions.
  • One hour and 50 minutes are allotted for answering the exam questions and 10 minutes for a tutorial and post-exam survey.
  • Your unofficial exam result will be presented on the screen immediately following the post-exam survey. You will also receive a printed copy of the unofficial exam result at the test site. Official exam results will be posted to your PTCB Account within two to three weeks.

 

Exam Day Requirements

  • Arrive at the designated Pearson VUE test center 30 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • Bring an approved form of identification that matches your name as it appears on your PTCB Account. You will not be allowed to take the exam without proper identification.
  • Review more detail about what to expect and what is required in the Candidate Guidebook

 

Testing Accommodations

Candidates who require testing accommodations must request them during the application process. Accommodations that are reasonable and consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be provided by PTCB at no additional cost to candidates. Candidates who need to bring medical equipment into the testing room need to request an accommodation if the item is not on the list of allowed items.

Exam Day
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RENEW

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CSPTs are required to recertify every year to maintain certification. Recertification ensures that pharmacy technicians stay up to date in competencies required by USP and other authoritative bodies through the completion of continuing education (CE). CSPTs must also submit a Competency Attestation form in order to recertify.

To be eligible for recertification, a CSPT must be an active PTCB CPhT in good standing.

 

Renewal Process Schedule

A renewal application window opens 60 days before your certification expiration date. CSPTs who do not recertify by their expiration date are no longer certified.

 

Competency Attestation Form

In addition to completing CE, CSPT candidates must submit a Competency Attestation Form in order to renew their CSPT credential. After the form is completed by a qualified supervisor, you may submit it by logging into your PTCB Account.

Competency Attestation Form

 

Continuing Education (CE)

CSPT Recertification Requirements 

  • Be an active PTCB CPhT in good standing.
  • Complete a minimum of 5 hours of sterile compounding-specific CE during your one-year recertification period. Sterile compounding CE does not need to be pharmacy technician specific.
  • Submit a Competency Attestation Form.

Note: CE hours can only be applied to the recertification cycle in which they are completed and cannot be carried over and applied to future cycles.

 

Renewal Fees

CSPT Recertification  
CSPT Application Fee (every other year)* $20
Other Fees  
Late Application Processing Fee** $25
Reprocessing Fee*** $10

*Only applies when renewing CSPT only (mid-cycle reporting). No fee is required when also renewing a CPhT credential.
*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.

 

How To Apply for Renewal

PTCB’s streamlined renewal process, launched in May 2019, offers faster CE tracking and application approvals for CPhTs. CPhTs must have an NABP e-Profile ID on file with PTCB by October 2019 before they recertify. 

The streamlined process:

  • eliminates the need to manually enter CE information that is already tracked in the CPE Monitor
  • allows for instant approval of recertification/reinstatement applications 
  • reduces potential delays when applying

Apply By Logging In

A link to submit your application for recertification will show on your PTCB Account homepage beginning on your application submission window opening date, 60 days prior to your certification expiration date.

Verify, Attest, Submit

  • Verify your NABP e-Profile ID

    • With an NABP e-Profile, you can enter and track completed CE hours in CPE Monitor, a database of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and ACPE. Create your NABP e-Profile on NABP’s website. Be sure to add your PTCB Certification Number to the Credentials section of your NABP e-Profile. 

  • Attest and/or enter your CE hours

    • You must attest that you have completed the renewal requirements.

    • CPhTs who have tracked their completed continuing education (CE) hours in CPE Monitor do not have to enter their CEs on the PTCB application. 

    • If you completed CEs that are not in CPE Monitor, you must manually enter your CE activities in your application.

  • Submit payment
    • You must pay your renewal fee to submit your application.

Recertify and CE Review

  • If you attest that all your CEs are in CPE Monitor, your application will be approved as soon as your payment clears and you submit your application. You will receive notice of approval in 5-10 minutes. Please note: Following approval, PTCB will review and verify CE hours, and if there are discrepancies, we may contact you to request supporting documentation.

  • If you manually enter some or all of your CEs, you will need to wait up to 2 weeks while your application is reviewed. 

 

Renew Your CSPT Certification
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GET CERTIFIED

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Scoring

While the preliminary score reports presented on screen following your exam are typically an indication of your performance, they are not official or final. Official score reports are typically available in your PTCB Account within two to three weeks from your exam date. PTCB cannot expedite the processing of exam results or certification information. 

If you pass the CSPT Exam and have submitted your Competency Attestation Form, your certification status can be verified through PTCB Certification Verification.

 

Certificates 

If you pass the exam and have submitted your Competency Attestation Form, your CSPT Certificate will be available to download in your PTCB Account. Within your PTCB Account, you may also choose to order a fine paper certificate with wallet-sized card for $15.

 

Digital Badges

Upon earning your certification, you will receive an email invitation to claim your digital badge. This digital badge will contain information describing your certification, including how you earned it. You can display the badge in your email signature, electronic resume, and on social media, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. 

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DOCUMENTS

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Quick access to additional documents you may need during your PTCB certification or recertification process. Download the necessary documents and submit the completed forms as required.

  1. CSPT Competency Attestation Form
  2. Testing Accommodations Form
  3. Emergency Withdrawal Form
  4. CSPT Exam Content Outline
  5. CSPT Exam Medications List
  6. CSPT Exam Reference List