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Hazardous Drug Management Certificate

Highlight your commitment to reducing risk through your enhanced knowledge of guidelines and requirements for safely managing hazardous drugs.


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You have the opportunity to advance your career and take on advanced responsibilities with the Hazardous Drug Management Certificate Program. Enhance your knowledge of defined guidelines and requirements for managing hazardous drugs and demonstrate you are prepared to play a vital role in helping ensure the safety of the facility.

Complete the Hazardous Drug Management Certificate to demonstrate your competency in:

  • Features and characteristics of facilities and engineering controls
  • Processes and procedures for cleaning facilities where hazardous drugs are handled
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements
  • Procedures for transporting, receiving, and handling hazardous medications
  • Dispensing final dosage forms
  • Federal regulations pertaining to the disposal of hazardous drugs







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Eligibility Requirements

A candidate must hold an active PTCB CPhT Certification and complete a PTCB-Recognized Hazardous Drug Management Education/Training Program.

View a list of PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for the Hazardous Drug Management Certificate.

Please note that additional PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for Hazardous Drug Management will be added to the list as they become available.


A Step Toward Your Advanced CPhT (CPhT-Adv) 

Earning your Hazardous Drug Management Certificate takes you one step closer to becoming a PTCB Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT-Adv). Active PTCB CPhTs who have completed at least four of the certificate programs (must include TPV 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 Hazardous Drug Management Certificate is $89.


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 Hazardous Drug Management 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.

Engineering Controls (22%)
Features and characteristics of facilities and engineering controls that must be maintained within a healthcare environment when receiving and storing hazardous drugs.
Features and characteristics of facilities and engineering controls that must be maintained within a healthcare environment when manipulating (e.g., sterile and non-sterile compounding, packaging) hazardous drugs.
Facility Cleaning (16%)
Processes and procedures for deactivating, decontaminating, cleaning, and disinfecting areas where hazardous drugs are handled.
Procedures for responding to accidental exposure and spills of hazardous drugs.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (13%)
Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements when handling hazardous drugs based on the pharmacy activity (e.g., compounding, receiving).
Process for disposing PPE.
Transport & Receiving (11%)
Procedures and environmental requirements for transport and receiving hazardous medications.
Procedures for handling damaged shipping containers containing hazardous drugs.
Dispensing Final Dosage Forms (16%)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) criteria for defining hazardous drugs and tables listing hazardous drugs.
Containment supplemental engineering controls, protective medical devices, and techniques for administering hazardous drugs to patients.
Administrative (22%)
Federal regulations pertaining to the disposal of hazardous drugs.
Medical surveillance programs and surface wipe sampling.
Best practice facility standard operating procedures (SOPs), including area-specific SOPs, for the handling of hazardous drugs.
Hazardous drug training and competency requirements.


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About the Exam

The Hazardous Drug Management Certificate Exam is a computer-based exam with 55 multiple-choice questions. Be prepared to commit 1 hour and 30 minutes for the exam (5-minute tutorial, 1 hour and 20-minute exam, and 5-minute post-exam survey).


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


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.

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Earn Your Certificate

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A panel of subject-matter experts established a passing score for the Hazardous Drug Management Exam using industry best practices. The method used by the panel, as directed by a psychometrician, is the modified-Angoff method. This method requires experts (panel members) to evaluate individual test questions and estimate the percentage of qualified pharmacy technicians that would be able to answer each question correctly. These estimates were analyzed for consistency and averaged to produce the passing score. The passing score and candidate results are reported as scaled scores. The passing scaled score for the Hazardous Drug Management Exam is 300. The range of possible scores is 0 to 400.


Digital Badges

Upon earning your credential, you will receive an email invitation from the Credly Platform via 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.



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

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This certificate program does not require renewal.


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Quick access to additional documents you may need during your PTCB Hazardous Drug Management Certificate process. Download the necessary documents and submit the completed forms as required.

  1. Testing Accommodations Form