The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination is taken by pharmacy technicians for certification purposes. Becoming certified shows that a candidate has become proficient in the field. For a person attempting to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), the first step is to successfully complete the national PTCE, after which the acronym CPhT may be used after his or her name for professional purposes. In order to keep the pharmacy technician certification, a CPhT will need to acquire 20 hours of continuing education in the following two years.
Before taking this assessment, a candidate must meet the following requirements:
- High school diploma or GED
- No felony convictions in the five years before taking the test; no felony convictions regarding drugs or pharmacy.
The main areas tested in the PTCE are as follows:
- Assisting the Pharmacist in Serving Patients – 66%
- Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control Systems – 22%
- Participating in the Administration and Management of Pharmacy Practice – 12%