Are you eligible to earn your PTCB CPhT certification?
✔ Reside in the United States of America or its territories (US)
✔ Completion of a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program or equivalent work experience
✔ Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions
✔ Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies
✔ Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®)
Candidates must complete a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program OR equivalent work experience in order to be eligible. To be eligible for the PTCE, a candidate must complete one of the following two pathways:
Pathway 1: A PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program (or completion within 60 days). Candidates choose from more than 1,400 recognized programs.
Pathway 2: Equivalent work experience as a pharmacy technician (min. 500 hours).* This alternative secondary path serves experienced technicians who were not in a position to attend a PTCB-recognized program. PTCB accepts work experience across pharmacy practice settings that pertains to certain knowledge requirements.
*500 hours must be complete at the time of application.
View a list of PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for the CPhT Program.
The cost to apply for CPhT Certification and take the PTCE is $129.
How to Apply and Schedule
- Create a PTCB Account.
- Apply for certification by logging into your PTCB Account.
- Once your application is approved, you will receive an email with your authorization to schedule your exam.
The PTCE is administered year‐round at more than 1,400 Pearson Professional Centers nationwide, including more than 100 military on-base sites.
Access these test resources before your exam date to ease your nerves and help you prepare for success.
PTCE Content Outline
A content outline defines the content that will be measured on the exam.
Pearson VUE Tutorial
The Pearson tutorial provides a preview of the testing experience and functionality. The tutorial is not PTCE specific.
Official PTCB Practice Tools
- PTCE Practice Bank™
Reference List of Preparatory Materials
Many external resources are available that may be useful to individuals preparing for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. PTCB does not recommend or endorse specific educational materials for pharmacy technicians, but shares the following examples for informational purposes only: