Technician Product Verification Certificate

Ensure your experience aligns with the latest technology and best practices, and express your commitment to excellence as a pharmacy technician.

INTRO

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As the role of pharmacist transitions to include a larger focus in direct patient care, exciting new opportunities for pharmacy technicians to assume expanded roles and responsibilities are becoming available. 

Earning the PTCB Assessment-Based Technician Product Verification (TPV) Certificate Program offers an opportunity for pharmacy technicians to demonstrate and be recognized for their competency in: 

  • Completing final verification duties
  • Checking other technicians or automated systems for accuracy in dispensing medications
  • Managing detail-oriented work and administrative tasks

 

APPLY
 

PREPARE & APPLY

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Eligibility Requirements

A candidate must hold an active PTCB CPhT Certification and fulfill one of the following eligibility pathways:

Pathway 1: Completion of a PTCB-Recognized Technician Product Verification Education/Training Program. 

Pathway 2: Completion of a state board-approved validation program.

 

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 as early as mid-2020.

 

Educational Requirement

Candidates must complete a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program or a state board-approved program for the TPV Certificate before applying. PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs meet the curriculum requirements as documented by PTCB. Contact your employer and/or state board of pharmacy to inquire about state board-approved validation programs.

View a list of PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for the Technician Product Verification Certificate.

Exam Fee

The cost to apply for the Technician Product Verification Certificate is $89.

Being an early applicant means you’ll save money! Save $30 for the first 3 months and pay $59 when you apply by January 15, 2020!

 

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.
  4. You may schedule your appointment online or call Pearson VUE at 866‐902‐0593. The TPV 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

The PTCB Technician Product Verification Exam is a unique assessment that simulates product verification in both community and health-system settings. Prepare for the exam by reviewing information found below.

Prepare for the TPV Exam
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TAKE THE EXAM

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About the Exam

The Technician Product Verification Certificate Exam consists of 120 questions and each contains a prescription or order label and images of the product provided for verification. The test taker must determine if the product and quantity are correct per the label, and if the product integrity is acceptable. The exam will test candidate’s expertise in:

  • Identifying the correct product name, strength, and dosage form;
  • Calculating the amount of product to dispense based on prescribed dosage and frequency; and
  • Evaluating the integrity of product characteristics (e.g., intact packaging and expiration dates).

The questions are a combination of items that contain errors in one of the three areas, and items that do not contain errors. Because the format of this exam is different than other PTCB exams, candidates are strongly urged to pay close attention to the tutorial presented at the beginning of the exam. Test takers will be able to refer back to the tutorial throughout the exam. 

Be prepared to commit 2 hours for the exam (15-minute tutorial and survey, 1 hour 45 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

 

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, and fulfill the other program requirements, will earn the TPV Certificate. Exam results will be available 3 to 4 months following the launch of this certificate program. Because the TPV Assessment-Based Certificate Program is new, scoring will be delayed. PTCB will apply the same rigorous process to determine the passing score for the TPV Exam after multiple candidates have tested. 

 

Digital Badges

Upon earning your credential, you will receive an email invitation to claim your digital badge. 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

When your official score is available, you will receive an email from Credly, the digital badging provider, to download your certificate and claim your digital badge.

Earn Your TPV 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 Technician Product Verification certificate process. Download the necessary documents and submit the completed forms as required.

  1. Testing Accommodations Form