How do I become certified as a CPhT?

For complete information on the steps to take to become certified with PTCB, please visit the Get Certified page.

  1. Register online to create a PTCB Account.
  2. Apply for certification by logging in your PTCB Account. The cost to apply and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is $129. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email indicating authorization to schedule from PTCB.
  3. Schedule your PTCE appointment once you have received your authorization to schedule email from PTCB. You may schedule your appointment online or call Pearson Vue at 866‐902‐0593. The PTCE is administered year‐round at more than 250 Pearson Professional Centers nationwide.
  4. Take the PTCE, a two‐hour multiple-choice exam containing 90 questions (80 scored questions and 10 unscored questions). Official score reports are available online approximately three weeks following your exam.
  5. If you obtain a passing score on the PTCE, you will receive a printed certificate and wallet card approximately four to six weeks after your exam.* You may also log into your PTCB Account to download and print an official certificate and wallet card, once your official score report becomes available.

    *Beginning June 1, 2017, PTCB will no longer automatically mail paper certificates to newly-certified PTCB CPhTs. Candidates whose applications for initial certification are received after June 1, and/or any candidates who schedule their PTCE after June 1 are able to print their official certificate from their online PTCB Account as soon as their official score report is made available, typically within 1 to 3 weeks of their exam date.

    For technicians seeking a certificate printed on fine paper after June 1, the cost will be $15.

To achieve PTCB Certification, candidates must satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
  • Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions
  • Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies
  • Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
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