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

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.
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

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

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.

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The New Manual for Pharmacy Technicians, 5th Edition

This updated guide complements Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs and reflects content of the revised Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).


Pharmacy Employers Cite Safety Benefits of Employing PTCB-Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technicians (CSPTs™); More Than 550 Technicians Have Earned the CSPT™ Credential as Number Grows  Click to read the full article.  (March 28, 2019)

PTCB Develops Work-Based Certification Path for Pharmacy Technicians

Starting next year (2020), the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) will offer a new certification option for technicians who have at least 500 hours of work experience but did not complete a PTCB-accredited training program.

Changes Are Coming in 2020 for Initial CPhT Candidates
We are preparing for significant Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program changes for initial candidates that will take effect on January 1, 2020. Announced in January 2018, these changes reaffirm PTCB’s commitment to ensuring that our CPhT Program advances medication safety and patient care.

  • We have updated the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) content outline with specific knowledge areas to be reflected in the updated PTCE beginning January 1, 2020.
  • Beginning in 2020, PTCB will offer two pathway options to eligibility. Applicants must complete either: 1) a PTCB-recognized education/training program; OR  2) equivalent work experience.

PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Eligible for Reimbursement Under GI Bill

by Laura Humphrey | Dec 19, 2018

 -- The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has announced that the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is available for reimbursement by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A passing score on the PTCE is required to earn PTCB’s Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Certification. Veterans, active duty service members, caregivers/family members, dependents/survivors, and national guard/reservists are able to take advantage of this opportunity. In accordance with the GI Bill, these groups may be eligible to receive reimbursement for the cost of the exam.  READ MORE

Pharmacy Technician Day 2018 Breaks Records

Recognition of Tech Day has grown and this year was expanded to countries across the world. In honor of the day on October 16, the pharmacy technician community participated in multiple ways, drawing record numbers of technicians into the international conversation. Technicians participated in various activities, including the #RxTechDay chat throughout the day, sharing photos via the Facebook event, downloading graphics and badges to wear and display, and adding a Technician Day frame to their Facebook profile. We appreciate the commitment of so many pharmacy technicians who are dedicated to their work and their patients.

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

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)

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July 2018

ASHP, HOPA Issue Guidelines on Pharmacy Technicians in Ambulatory Oncology Pharmacy

New guidelines from ASHP and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association provide recommendations regarding the education and training of pharmacy technicians who work in the ambulatory oncology setting as well as their roles and responsibilities in such activities as medication compounding and patient care services.

June 2018

PTCB Grants 300 Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT™) Certifications
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has granted more than 300 Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician™ (CSPT™) Certifications since the CSPT Program launched in December 2017. PTCB’s first advanced certification program, the CSPT Program certifies pharmacy technicians in compounded sterile preparation, the process for compounding medications that must be prepared using aseptic techniques. Becoming certified as a CSPT is a way for PTCB-Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) to further demonstrate their commitment to medication safety. Employers can incorporate the CSPT Certification into career ladders for their pharmacy technicians. READ THE FULL REPORT


April 2018 News

PTCB Adds 1,000 New Test Centers
PTCB has added 1,000 test center locations to the 400 existing locations where the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is administered. The additional locations increase access for candidates to take the PTCE and earn their CPhT certifications. The new Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT) Exam is currently available at a limited number of test centers. Log into your PTCB Account for details. Visit to find a test site. (posted 4.26.18)

Techs Can Now Become Certified in Sterile Compounding
Pharmacy Today interviews experts who say the time is right for qualified CPhTs to pursue PTCB’s Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT) Certification, noting how technician specialists are increasingly valued as the profession grapples with heightened scrutiny of sterile compounding and evolving USP safety standards. Read more.
Feb. 2018 News from PTCB

New Exam (PTCE) Content and Updated Education/Training Requirement Planned for 2020
PTCB announced two significant changes to its Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program effective January 1, 2020. The first is an updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) content outline. The second is an updated education/training requirement. PTCB invites the pharmacy community to submit comments regarding implementation of the new requirement. Read more.


Apply Now To Become a PTCB Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician™ (CSPT™)
PTCB’s new Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician™ (CSPT™) Program is the first new certification program PTCB has offered since our founding in 1995 with the introduction of our Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program. To earn CSPT Certification, eligible CPhTs are required to: 1) pass the CSPT™ Exam; and 2) submit Competency Attestation documentation from a qualified supervisor. Learn about the CSPT Program and how to apply.


Spread the Word: Official PTCB Practice Exam Now Available in Second Exam Form
PTCB introduced a second form of the Official Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Practice Exam on September 1, 2017. Both the first and second versions have been constructed to familiarize candidates with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE). The Practice Exam is priced at $29 each, or at the discount price of $49 for both versions. Read more.


PTCB Earns ANSI Accreditation
PTCB's CPhT Program has earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Personnel Certification Accreditation Program through December 2022, joining an elite group of ANSI-accredited organizations. ANSI is the first personnel certification accreditation body in the US to meet internationally accepted practices for accreditation. Read more.

Winter 2018 News

Comments Invited on Draft Accreditation Standards for Technician Programs

ASHP and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) are revising the ASHP/ACPE Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs. General and specific comments on the draft are welcomed and encouraged and must be received by March 23. When making a specific comment, please begin the comment by indicating the corresponding line number(s), standard number, and key element number. Email comments and suggested edits to ASHP. (source: ASHP NewsLink 2.13.18)
December 2017 News

PTCB Launches Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician™ (CSPT™) Program
PTCB launched the Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician™ (CSPT™) Program on December 6, 2017 as a key step in fulfilling our mission to advance medication safety. PTCB-Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) have the opportunity to demonstrate their specialized knowledge by meeting the high standards of PTCB’s CSPT Program. Apply by January 31, 2018 to save $50. Read more.


PTCB Will No Longer Accept ‘In-Service’ Hours for CE Credit Starting January 2018
Beginning January 1, 2018, PTCB will no longer accept what is known as ‘in-service’ continuing education (CE) hours toward fulfillment of PTCB’s CE requirements for recertification or reinstatement. In-service CE refers to certain projects or training earned at a CPhT's workplace under a pharmacist's supervision. The ‘in-service’ CE category will no longer appear as an option beginning in January. Read more.

PTCB's National Certification Program Receives NCCA Accreditation Renewal
The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has granted re-accreditation to the PTCB Pharmacy Technician Certification Program through November 30, 2021. To qualify for renewal of accreditation, the PTCB Program underwent NCCA’s recently updated extensive review process to demonstrate compliance with NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. Read more.


PTCB Earns Accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Washington, DC -- The Board of Governors of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) announced today that the PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program has earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Personnel Certification Accreditation Program through December 2022. ANSI is the first personnel certification accreditation body in the US to meet internationally accepted practices for accreditation. Read more.

PTCB Announces New Executive Director and CEO
The Board of Governors of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is pleased to announce that William Schimmel will become PTCB’s new Executive Director and CEO on December 14, succeeding Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), who announced his departure in August for a new career. Mr. Schimmel has been PTCB Associate Executive Director (AED) for the past 7 years, serving as Interim Executive Director for 5 months from 2011-2012.

The New ASHP Pharmacy Technician Forum

"I think we all agree that pharmacy technicians are one of the cornerstones supporting the advancement of pharmacy practice and the safe use of medications," writes ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz in his newest blog. The Pharmacy Technician Forum being created by ASHP, he states, will provide "enhanced educational, training, and career opportunities for a very important segment of our pharmacy workforce." Click for the complete blog entry. (10.24.17)


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

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)


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)


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)


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

With over 30 topics to choose from, 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)

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


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.”

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