I have not yet graduated from school. May I take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)?

Beginning January 2020, the previous eligibility requirement of completion of a high school diploma or equivalent educational diploma is no longer in effect. CPhT Certification candidates must meet the requirements of one of two eligibility pathways: 

Pathway 1: A PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program (or completion within 60 days).

Pathway 2: Equivalent work experience as a pharmacy technician (min. 500 hours). 

Certification candidates who are within 60 days of completing a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program are eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

PTCB requires a program completion date to be provided when submitting an application for certification. If you indicate a future program completion date on your application, you will receive an email from PTCB explaining the documentation you are required to submit. You must reply by email with documentation attached within 90 days of applying.

PTCB requires proof of PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program to be provided before PTCB Certification will be granted. Examples of acceptable documentation are found in the What are the requirements for proof of completion for a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program? article.

If you have any questions about PTCB’s eligibility requirements or the certification process, please submit a request.

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