Sitting for the PTCB Exam to Become Certified
Beginning January 1, 2020, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification eligibility requirements will change by offering candidates two eligibility pathways to sit for the pharmacy technician certification exam (PTCE). A technician must complete EITHER of the following in order to take the PTCE: a PTCB-recognized education/training program OR attest and record documentation of equivalent work experience, specifically a minimum of 500 hours in the PTCB-required knowledge areas.
PTCB will also make updates to the exam structure by organizing content into four knowledge areas (medications, federal requirements, patient safety and quality assurance, and order entry and processing) rather than the current nine. These will focus on only essential knowledge that applies across practice settings.
These changes only apply for pharmacy technician taking the PTCE after January 1. These changes were announced in February 2019 and an introduction to all PTCB changes can be found here. See a comparison of different certification exam prerequisites here. Wisconsin state statute does not require pharmacy technicians to be certified.
For official information about PTCB requirements for recertification, please visit the PTCB website.
To meet the 20 hours of continuing education (CE) needed for recertification, PTCB certified pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) must complete at least one hour of CE in patient safety and one hour of CE in law. Qualifying patient safety and law CE courses must be based on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) definitions. In addition, pharmacy technicians should identify technician-specific, or "T-specific", educational programs.
For courses provided by ACPE accredited providers like PSW, pharmacy technicians can identify specific CE topics by reviewing the program's ACPE Universal Activity Number (UAN).
0175 - PSW's provider number
0000 - Program organized by PSW (if another group organizes, a 9999 is used)
14 - Year of program release
105 - Chronological number specific to program (800 series numbers indicate WPQC approved)
L - Live program (home study programs are noted with an H)
05 - Patient safety topic (01 is drug therapy; 02 is AIDS therapy; 03 is law; 04 is general pharmacy)
T - Program approved for pharmacy technicians (programs for pharmacists are noted with a P)
Please contact PTCB or PSW with your questions.