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CSHP offers all CSHP member pharmacy technicians evening CE program registration at no cost and a substantial discount on their conference registrations.
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In 2016, CSHP began offering CE credit to all Pharmacy Technicians who attend their educational programs.
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CSHP Pharmacy Technician membership is $35 a year through Dec. 31st, 2017
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CSHP's individual CE programs and Catch the Wave Conference offer quality continuing education and ACPE certification credit, as well as networking opportunities for all pharmacy professionals. Members attend stand alone CE programs at no or cost and CTW at substantially reduced cost. 


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.


Re-Certify on Time!  Click for Details


Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC)

On August 20th, 2013, ASHP and ACPE announced their collaboration to accredit pharmacy technician education and training programs, beginning in late 2014. The collaboration will result in the creation of the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC), which will be tasked with assuring and advancing the quality of pharmacy technician training and education programs.

 

There are currently 258 programs in the ASHP accreditation process. ASHP will continue to accredit pharmacy technician training programs until the PTAC officially begins its work in fall 2014, and ASHP will provide ongoing accreditation support for the PTAC.

The new PTAC will accredit education programs and will complement what PTCB does.  PTCB recently enacted the following policy: By 2020, PTCB will require candidates for initial PTCB certification to successfully complete an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited education program. ASHP-accredited programs include didactic course work and practical experience, thereby providing well-rounded training for technicians.


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NEWS

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)


PTCB’s 2015 Annual Progress Report

2015 was a milestone year for PTCB. As we celebrated our 20-year anniversary, PTCB remained steadfastly focused on the future. Read about this significant year in PTCB’s 2015 Progress Report.

 

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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New Recertification Deadlines Take Effect for Active PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians

This is a reminder that effective January 2016, PTCB has changed the recertification schedule for active PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs). All CPhTs are affected by the changes. Most active CPhTs have a new certification expiration date, while a small percentage are keeping the same expiration date. All are required to apply for recertification by the first day of their expiration month or they will be charged a late application processing fee of $25.


What's New

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.  


New Deadline: 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.


New $25 Late Fee: Applications submitted after the Application Deadline (the first day of the certification expiration month) will incur the $25 late fee. During 2015, PTCB notified individual CPhTs by email of their new certification expiration date, their new Application Deadline, and 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.


Questions? Contact PTCB at contact@ptcb.org.  (source: PTCB 1/29/2016)

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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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Will Your Pharmacy Technicians Meet New CE Requirements?
Make sure they do. Starting this year, pharmacy technicians must complete technician-specific continuing education (CE) to renew their Pharmacy Technician Certification Board certification. Ensure that your organization's pharmacy technicians are earning all the T-designated CE they need by providing them access to PharmacyTechCE.org and its catalog of over 35 topics. Volume discounts are as low as $48 per learner. Learn more  (source: ASHP NewsLink 6.30.15)


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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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Recognize Technicians' Contributions on Natl. Pharmacy Technician Day

The pharmacy technicians on your staff play a pivotal role in the pharmacy's daily activities, so make sure these valuable personnel have a prominent place in your Pharmacy Week observance, October 19–25. On National Pharmacy Technician Day, October 28, say thank-you to your pharmacy technicians with a token of appreciation from ASHP's Technician Recognition

line of products. (source: ASHP NewsLink 9.23.14)

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ASHP, ACPE Name Commissioners for Technician Accreditation Commission

ASHP and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education on June 3 announced the inaugural commissioners for the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC). PTAC is tasked with promoting, assuring, and advancing the quality of pharmacy technician education and training programs in the United States. Read more (source:ASHP NewsLink 6.10.14)

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New ASHP Member Services for Pharmacy Technicians

ASHP and the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners Section Advisory Group on Pharmacy Technicians and Support Services are pleased to announce the launch of a Connect community and Web-based resource center for pharmacy technicians and those interested in advancing pharmacy technician roles to support successful pharmacy practice models. This Connect community is an open one; anyone may join, observe, and participate.

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All CPhTs eligible to recertify beginning with the July recertification cycle are required to complete one hour of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) in patient safety, in addition to the already required hour of law CPE, as part of 20 hours of CPE needed for recertification. Read the full PTCB statement here:

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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