PHARMACY TECHNICIAN RESOURCES:

Thinking of a career as a pharmacy technician? Visit ePharmacyTechnicans, a web site for education and career information.

BENEFITS OF CSHP MEMBERSHIP
FREE REGISTRATION/
CE CREDIT CSHP offers all CSHP member pharmacy technicians evening CE program registration at no cost and substantial discounts on their Catch the Wave and TriState conference registrations. All pharmacy technicians who attend our programs earn CE credit.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
All CSHP members may enhance their resumes by presenting a poster at Catch the Wave, submitting an article or abstract to our E-News Brief, serving on the CSHP leadership team, presenting a clinical pearl. We offer educational and social opportunities to network with pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy decision makers from throughout CT.

If you would like to assist CSHP's Pharmacy Technician Task Force, please contact Kent Owusu, PharmD or Sharee Parker, CPht
CSHP Pharmacy Technician membership is $35 per calendar year.
It's easy to join online: click here

Catch the Wave Membership Special: Register for the Nov. 3 conference at the non-member rate to earn 5.25 CE. You may remit payment by check or credit card. Then submit a completed membership form (chose "pay by check" but you we'll comp. your dues) and we'll extend your membership through Dec. 31st, 2018!


Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
2200 C Street, NW • Suite 101 • Washington, DC 20037
(800) 363-8012 • Fax: (202) 429-7596

contact@ptcb.org  www.ptcb.org

PTCB Certifications 

Starting on November 1, 2013, candidates who apply for certification have been taking the updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. And starting in 2020, under the board's phase-in of changes to the certification program, all candidates must complete an ASHP-accredited pharmacy technician education program. Click to read the full article.


SCROLL down to the bottom of the page for information about ASHP programs for Pharmacy Technicians.

RECERTIFICATION
New Window:
The new ‘Recertification Window’ opens 60 days (reduced from 100 days) before a CPhT’s certification expiration date. For example, the recertification window opens on March 1 for CPhTs who have an April 30 certification expiration date. View the new deadline chart for more examples. Applicants have 30 days to submit their application before a late application processing fee will be charged.  

Check a CPhT's certification expiration date
Deadlines: Applications must be submitted by the first day of the certification expiration month; this day is the ‘Application Deadline’ (previously the ‘Renew by Date’). A $25 late application processing fee is charged for applications submitted after Application Deadline.

$25 Late Fee: Applications submitted after the Application Deadline (the first day of the certification expiration month) will incur the $25 late fee. Click for information on the new recertification deadline schedule. CPhTs may check their certification expiration dates by logging into their PTCB Account. This information is displayed on their individual account homepage and can also be viewed by printing an official certificate. They can quickly find out if their certification date has changed by visiting PTCB's web page www.PTCB.org


Why is PTCB implementing the new recertification deadlines? 
PTCB has added nine additional recertification deadlines for a total of 12 recertification deadlines per year. The increased number of recertification deadlines is more consistent with PTCB’s continuous nationwide testing and helps facilitate recertification application submission and processing. The change is designed to help reduce potential disruptions that could affect an individual’s employment or state registration. The new recertification deadlines are intended to improve the customer service experience and enhance the recertification process for CPhTs.(source: PTCB 1/29/2016)


Questions? Contact PTCB at contact@ptcb.org
NEWS

Use this link to view PTCB annual report in various formats including the 2016 interactive version.

http://www.ptcb.org/about-ptcb/annual-progress-report#.WYsiBumQzyQ


PTCB Starts Search for New Executive Director, CEO

The search for the next Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is underway. PTCB, located in Washington D.C., has a professional staff of 29 full-time equivalents. Current Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister announced earlier this month that he will leave PTCB at year-end to pursue a new career in ministry. (8.22.17)


Survey Finds Somewhat High Stress Levels Among CPhTs

A survey of certified pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) found that those in hospitals had high levels of stress caused by poorly designed workflow and disagreements with peers. CPhTs in general, reported researchers Shane P. Desselle and Erin R. Holmes, had moderate levels of job satisfaction and commitment. A report by the researchers is available at AJHP Online ahead of print in the July 1 issue. (source: ASHP NewsLink 5.23.17)


Survey Shows Three-Quarters of Americans Would Seek Out a Pharmacy Where Pharmacy

Technicians are Certified: Americans Value Certification and Expect Pharmacy Technicians To Be Certified

WASHINGTON, DC – The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has released the findings of a 2016 public perception survey, revealing that 85% of the public believes it is very important for pharmacy technicians to be certified. Consumers feel so strongly about certification that 76% say that they would seek out a different pharmacy if they knew technicians working in their current pharmacy were not certified. The survey shows that among consumers, frequent pharmacy visitors are even more likely (79%) to seek a pharmacy where technicians are certified, and adults with children at home are most likely (82%) to look elsewhere.
Read the full story.


PTCB Releases New Practice Exam and Calculations Practice App

Calculations Questions App is First PTCB Math Practice Tool
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has released two new Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) practice tools: the updated Official PTCB® Practice Exam; and the Official PTCB® Calculations Practice Questions app, a math practice tool PTCB is offering for the first time.
Click for more information. (source: PTCB 9.29.16)


CPhTs Must Recertify On Time to Avoid a Late Fee

If your certification expires on July 31, your Application Window opened on June 1 and your Application Deadline is July 1. Be sure to complete your CE and apply by Midnight ET on July 1 to avoid a $25 Late Application Fee in addition to the standard $40 recertification fee. If your certification expires on June 30, be sure to apply by Midnight ET on June 30 to keep your certification active. A $25 late fee is charged for applicants with a June 30 expiration date who apply after June 1. Read more  

Visit the PTCB web site if you need to check your certification expiration date. (source: PTCB State Associate Brief 6.6.16)

REMINDER: New Application Deadlines for CPhTs
Effective in 2016, PTCB has implemented a new recertification schedule for all active PTCB CPhTs. Most active CPhTs have a new certification expiration date, while a small percentage are keeping the same expiration date. CPhTs are required to apply for recertification by the first day of their certification expiration month or they will be charged a late application fee of $25. For example, CPhTs whose certification expires on May 31, 2016 must be sure to complete their required CE and apply by May 1 to avoid the $25 late fee. Read more. Check a CPhT's certification expiration date.   (source: PTCB State Associate Brief 4.6.16)

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How Many PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians Are in Your State?
PTCB’s newest state-by-state map shows the number of CPhTs in each state at the end of 2015. The map also shows which states regulate pharmacy technicians and which include national certification in their regulations. Pharmacy technicians who wish to know specific requirements for technicians in their state should refer to their State Board of Pharmacy web pages. View or download the map(source: PTCB State Associate Brief 4.6.16)

Pharmacy Technician Education Accreditation Standards Updated
By 2020, PTCB will require technician candidates seeking initial certification to successfully complete an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited education program. Pharmacy Today recently highlighted updates made in January by ASHP/ACPE to expand flexibility in training programs to meet the requirements of different experiential practice settings and compounding activities. ASHP/ACPE adopted the updates as recommended by the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission, changing the requirement that student technician experiential activities be performed in at least two different types of contemporary pharmacy experiences from “must” to “should.” Another change allows accredited programs to determine whether they wish to use hands-on training in sterile, nonsterile, or both sterile and nonsterile simulated training experiences. “Our 2020 requirement supports and advances improved patient care and safety across all practice settings,” said PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh. Read the full story.    (source: PTCB State Associate Brief 4.6.16)

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ASHP, ACPE Update Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Standards

On the recommendation of the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission, ASHP's and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education's boards of directors have updated the Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs. The update gives pharmacy technician training programs more flexibility to meet the requirements regarding the number and types of student experiential activities that must be performed. (Source: ASHP NewsLink 12.15.15)

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Pharmacy Technician CE Portal—Helping Technicians Stay on Top of CE

With over 30 topics to choose from, PharmacyTechCE.org provides technicians with all their necessary continuing education (CE). All topics are T-designated CE and compliant with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's revised CE requirements taking effect in 2015. (source: ASHP NewsLink 10.7.14)
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CPhT numbers are growing in CT

As of Dec. 31, 2013, there were 2,045 certified pharmacy technicians in CT. Between July 1 and 12, 2013, 158 CT-based pharmacy technicians passed their certifying exam. Since 1995, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certified 525,365 pharmacy technicians through its exam and transfer process. 280,619 pharmacy technicians are currently active in the US

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Opportunities and Growth Predicted for the Pharmacy Technician Profession

According to the U.S. News Money Report on 2014 Top 100 Jobs, the role of a pharmacy technician ranks #83. “The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of about 20 percent between 2012 and 2022 – faster than the average growth rate for all occupations – and 70,700 new positions will need to be filled during that period.”

To read the full story, click on this link http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/pharmacy-technician