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Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Certificate

Demonstrate your knowledge of controlled substance diversion prevention strategies and DEA requirements.

INTRO

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Knowing how to prevent the diversion of controlled substances leads to safer patient care and addresses a greater public health need by helping to keep communities safe. The Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention (CSDP) Certificate requires completion of the first formal training for technicians in this area.

Earning this certificate demonstrates your advanced competency and commitment to patient, pharmacy, and community safety by minimizing the impact of the ongoing opioid crisis.

Complete the Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Certificate to demonstrate your competency in:

  • Consequences of diversion
  • Signs of impaired health-care workers
  • Areas of vulnerability in procurement, preparation and dispensing, prescribing, administration, and waste/removal processes
  • Types and functions of security control measures, devices, and software to detect and prevent diversion
  • DEA requirements for registration, record keeping and conducting physical inventories
  • Identifying suspicious data patterns, product tampering, and fraudulent prescriptions

 

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PREPARE & APPLY

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Eligibility Requirements

A candidate must hold an active PTCB CPhT Certification and complete a PTCB-Recognized Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Education/Training Program.

View a list of PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for the Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Certificate.

Please note that additional PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention will be added to the list as they become available.

A Step Toward Your Advanced CPhT (CPhT-Adv) 

Active PTCB CPhTs who have completed at least four of the certificate programs (including TPV and/or Medication History), or three certificate programs and the Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT) Certification, and 3 years of work experience will be eligible to earn a CPhT-Adv credential.

Exam Fee

The cost to apply for the Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Certificate is $89.

Being an early applicant means you’ll save money! Save $30 for the first 3 months: Pay $59 when you apply by December 21!

How to Apply and Schedule

  1. Log into your PTCB Account.
  2. Visit PTCB’s Credential Center (within your PTCB Account) and apply.
  3. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email with your authorization to schedule your exam.

The Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Certificate Exam is administered year‐round at more than 1,400 Pearson Professional Centers nationwide, including more than 100 military on-base sites.

Prepare for Your Exam

Be sure to review the exam blueprint as part of your exam preparation.

Controlled Substance Diversion (9%)
Consequences of diversion (e.g., infection risks to patients, organizational liability, fines/indictments, fraud charges, loss of job and/or license)
Signs of impaired health-care workers (e.g., mood changes, agitation, dilated pupils, sudden declines in job performance)
Motivations to divert CS (e.g., addiction, financial gain, recreation)
Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention Program (30%)
Areas of vulnerability in procurement, preparation and dispensing, prescribing, administration, and waste/removal processes
Elements of a comprehensive and effective controlled substances diversion prevention program (CSDPP)
Types and functions of security control measures, devices, and software to detect and prevent diversion (e.g., locking storage, cameras, ADCs, analytics software)
High risk areas of the pharmacy (e.g., anesthesia area, CS vault, IV room, will call, receiving)
Chain of custody methods (e.g., regulation of access control, presence of witnesses for signing delivery sheets, use of tamper-evident containers)
DEA Requirements (38%)
DEA registration requirements (e.g. power of attorney, renewal)
Procedures to validate DEA numbers (e.g., formula and component parts of the DEA number)
Contents, appropriate usage, and record keeping for DEA form 222
DEA Controlled Substance Ordering System (CSOS)
Contents, appropriate usage, and record keeping for DEA form 41
Contents, appropriate usage, and record keeping for DEA form 106
Knowledge of DEA scheduled medications and which are at high risk for diversion
DEA requirements for conducting physical inventories and record keeping
Contents, appropriate usage, and record keeping for DEA form 107
Actions to take during a robbery or theft event
Procedures for sales of CS and restricted OTCs (e.g., pseudoephedrine)
Surveillance and investigation (23%)
Suspicious data patterns (e.g., waste buddy, night shift sedation, cancel removes, pocket inventory, anomalous usage)
Surveillance practices and techniques (e.g., reconciliation of invoices to purchase history reports, check list to verify all paperwork is complete, records audits)
Signs of product tampering and/or alteration (e.g., vials tops that don’t twist easily, chipped tablets, drug assay sampling)
Signs of and methods to detect fraudulent prescriptions

 

Prepare for the Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Certificate Exam
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TAKE THE EXAM

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About the Exam

The Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Certificate Exam is a computer-based exam with 80 multiple-choice questions. Be prepared to commit 2 hours for the exam (10-minute tutorial and survey, 1 hour and 50 minute exam).

Exam Day Requirements

Arrive at the designated Pearson VUE test center 30 minutes before 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. Be sure to review more detail about what to expect and what is required in the Candidate Guidebook

Taking the exam online? Learn more.

Testing Accommodations

Candidates who require testing accommodations must request these accommodations 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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Earn Your Certificate

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Scoring

Exams will be scored in the coming months and only those who achieve a passing score will earn the Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Certificate. Exam results will be available 3 to 4 months following the September 21 launch of this certificate program. Because the Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Assessment-Based Certificate Program is new, scoring will be delayed. PTCB will apply the same rigorous process to determine the passing score for the Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Exam after multiple candidates have tested.

Digital Badges

Upon earning your credential, you will receive an email invitation from the Acclaim Platform via badge@ptcb.org with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

This digital badge will contain information describing your credential, 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.

Certificates

Once your official score is available, you can download your certificate through the Acclaim Platform. Learn more.

Earn Your Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Certificate
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RENEW

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This certificate program does not require renewal.

DOCUMENTS

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Quick access to additional documents you may need during your PTCB Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Certificate process. Download the necessary documents and submit the completed forms as required.

  1. Testing Accommodations Form