Supply Chain and Inventory Management

Highlight your knowledge of supply chain processes and inventory management practices that protect your patients and your pharmacy.


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Demonstrate your understanding of key domains that ensure your pharmacy operates safely and efficiently. The Supply Chain and Inventory Management Certificate assesses your knowledge of laws and regulations, administrative processes, inventory management, documentation requirements, and key players in the supply chain—and positions you for career advancement. 

Earn the Supply Chain and Inventory Management Certificate to demonstrate your competency in:

  • The laws, regulations, and guidelines associated with Supply Chain and Inventory Management from entities such as the FDA, DEA, and the new Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).
  • Understanding the processes and practices associated with inventory management, including documentation and record keeping, file maintenance requirements, and compliance requirements.
  • Understanding the types of suppliers and supply chain entities and their purpose and scope, outsourcing facilities, and requirements for drug transfers.







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A Step Toward Your Advanced CPhT (CPhT-Adv) 

Earning this 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, 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.


Eligibility Requirements

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

View a list of PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for the Supply Chain and Inventory Management Certificate.

PTCB-Recognized Programs have been reviewed and found to provide learners with foundational knowledge that will help them be successful on PTCB exams. Please note that PTCB-Recognized Programs may not cover all information that appears on your exam. It is important that you review the exam content outline as part of your preparation and seek supplemental resources as needed. 


Exam Fee

The fee to apply for this certificate exam is $89.


 How to Apply and Schedule

  1. Apply by logging into your PTCB Account.
  2. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email with your authorization to schedule your exam.

The Supply Chain and Inventory Management Certificate Exam is administered through online proctored testing and in-person at more than 1,400 Pearson Professional Centers nationwide, including more than 100 military on-base sites.


Prepare for Your Exam

Online Testing Requirements Overview
This quick video explains the requirements and policies for online proctored testing.

Pearson VUE Tutorial
The Pearson VUE tutorial provides a preview of the testing experience and functionality for PTCB exams.

Exam Content Outline
Be sure to review the content outline as part of your exam preparation.

Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines (37%)
Role and jurisdiction of FDA in ensuring safety, efficacy, and security of drugs
FDA registration requirements and trading partner reporting requirements
Role and jurisdiction of DEA in ensuring safety, efficacy, and security of drugs
DEA registration requirements and registrant reporting requirements
Role of State Boards of Pharmacy in ensuring safety, efficacy, and security of drugs (e.g., licensure of supply chain entities)
Products subject to the DSCSA and exceptions
DSCSA Track and Trace requirements (i.e., serialization)
Types and purpose of transaction data (i.e., T3) and methods of transmission (e.g., EDI)
Requirements for receiving medications under the DSCSA and signs and characteristics of suspect products (e.g., counterfeits, diverted drugs, grey market products, misbranded products, and products of poor integrity)
Inventory Management, Documentation, and Recordkeeping (35%)
Documentation and file maintenance requirements (e.g., invoices, recalls, wastage, inventory records, hazardous drugs)
Controlled substance records and reporting (e.g. theft/loss, inventories, wastage, reverse distributed)
Types of inventory management (e.g., want book, par levels, just-in-time, perpetual, formulary and non-formulary, seasonal and emergency forecasting, automation)
Considerations for determining inventory days’ supply/inventory “turns”
Drug shortage mitigation and implications (e.g., significant pricing increases)
Characteristics of contract types and compliance requirements (e.g., market share and tiers, individual contracts vs GPO, 340B, formularies, buying groups, consignment, and state vaccine programs)
Understand other sources of products for administration to patients such as 503A pharmacy compounded products and white/brown/clear “bagging”
Types of Suppliers and Supply Chain Entities (28%)

Purpose and scope of suppliers and supply chain entities, including what they do, when and why to use them, and what they are not allowed to do.

●      Manufacturers Rx and OTC
●      Repackagers and relabelers
●      Primary Wholesale Distributors
●      Secondary and Specialty Wholesale Distributors
●      OTC-only Distributors
●      Virtual Manufacturers and Virtual Wholesalers
●      Third-Party Logistics (3PLs)

503B Outsourcing Facilities
Foreign sourcing
Types of and requirements for drug transfers* between pharmacies

*Note: “transfer” means the physical transfer of the prescription drug, not the transfer of a patient prescription from one pharmacy to another.



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About the Exam

The Supply Chain and Inventory Management Certificate Exam is a computer-based exam with 75 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

When you schedule your exam, you may choose to take your PTCB exam at a Pearson VUE test center or online from your own computer under the virtual supervision of a live proctor.

  • Arrive at the designated Pearson VUE test center 30 minutes prior to your appointment. If you are testing online, check-in 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.
  • Prior to your exam day, be sure to review more detail about what to expect and what is required in the Candidate Guidebook. Also, review important information about online testing requirements in our Help Center.


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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Your official score report will be presented on screen following your exam. If you pass the exam, your credential status can be verified through PTCB Certification Verification.



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


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.



This certificate program does not require renewal.


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Quick access to additional documents you may need during this process. Download the necessary documents and submit the completed forms as required.

  1. Testing Accommodations Form