Do I need to complete a training program before taking the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)?

To be eligible for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), a candidate must complete one of the following:

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). This alternative path will serve experienced pharmacy technicians who were not in a position to attend a PTCB-recognized program.

View a list of PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for the CPhT Program.

PTCB-Recognized Programs have been reviewed and found to provide learners with foundational knowledge that will help them be successful on PTCB exams. Please note that PTCB-Recognized Programs may not cover all information that appears on your exam. It is important that you review the exam content outline as part of your preparation and seek supplemental resources as needed. 



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