How do I become a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program?

PTCB-Recognized Education/Training

PTCB recognizes education and training programs that meet the requirements outlined in the CPhT Knowledge Reference Document. In order for a student to be eligible to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), completion of a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program is required, or 500 hours of equivalent work experience.

The following resources are available for you to create your program or prepare to become recognized. 


The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in a joint effort with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits pharmacy technician education programs. This accreditation is not required but may be an option for your program. The accreditation standards are made available on the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation website.

Please also check with your state board of pharmacy for any additional requirements that may be in place in your state for training/educating pharmacy technicians. 

External Resources 

Many external resources are available that may be useful to individuals preparing for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam that are often used as textbooks in pharmacy technician curricula. PTCB does not recommend or endorse specific educational materials for pharmacy technicians, but shares the following examples for informational purposes only:

Once you have developed your program, create your PTCB Educator Account, login and submit your attestation to become recognized.

The attestation survey may take significant time to complete, as it requires program directors to review and attest that their program curriculum includes specific areas of knowledge required by PTCB. 

The Recognized Education Program Attestation must be completed by the program director of a pharmacy technician education/training program

When should I expect a reply?

Please allow 10 business days for PTCB to review your attestation. Once your attestation is approved you will receive a welcome email and your program will be listed in our directory of PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs.

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