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Credentialing Guidelines and Requirements

A Candidate Guidebook

Technician Product Verification Assessment-Based Certificate Program

Technician Product Verification Certificate Program


PTCB Technician Product Verification (TPV) certificate holders have demonstrated the knowledge and skill necessary to perform the final product check in both health-system and community pharmacy settings. Subject to additional state or facility requirements, they are ready to perform this vital function, thereby enabling pharmacists to focus on other areas of patient care. 

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.


Passing the Technician Product Verification Exam is required to earn the PTCB Technician Product Verification Certificate. The TPV Exam is a computer-based exam administered at Pearson VUE test centers nationwide. The TPV Exam is a 2-hour, multiple-choice, exam that contains 120 questions. One hour and 45 minutes are allotted for answering the exam questions and 15 minutes are allotted for a tutorial and post-exam survey.

Exam Passing Score

A panel of subject-matter experts established a passing score for the Technician Product Verification 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 Technician Product Verification Exam is 300. The range of possible scores is 0 to 400.

Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician Credential

Earning your TPV 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.