PREPARE & APPLY
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Access these test resources before your exam date to ease your nerves and help you prepare for success.
PTCE Practice Tools
PTCB offers two unique ways for CPhT candidates to prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®)—the PTCE Practice Bank™ and the Pre-PTCE™. Learn more.
PTCE Content Outline
Review the content outline which defines the content that will be measured on the exam.
PTCE Reference List
Many external references are available that may be useful to individuals preparing for the PTCE.
Pearson VUE Tutorial
The Pearson VUE tutorial provides a preview of the testing experience and functionality. The tutorial is not PTCE specific.
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®)
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).
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.
*500 hours must be complete at the time of application.
View a list of PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for the CPhT Program.
Apply & Schedule
The cost to apply for CPhT Certification and take the PTCE is $129.
- 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.