Can I retake the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)?

Candidates who fail the PTCE must wait 60 days from the most recent attempt to apply for the second and third attempts, and 6 months for attempts thereafter. Certification candidates must apply and pay the current exam fee for each PTCE attempt.

After four attempts, candidates must provide completion evidence of at least one of the acceptable preparation activities to PTCB for review and approval before applying for additional attempts. Preparation activities completed prior to the most recent attempt will not be considered.

Please note, in addition to completing an acceptable preparation activity, all other CPhT eligibility requirements must be met when applying for CPhT certification. 

Preparation completion evidence may be sent to PTCB by submitting a request. 

Acceptable preparation activities include any of the following:

  • Six months or more of tutoring by a pharmacist or PTCB CPhT (Attestation Form Required)
  • Completion of a formal review course or non-accredited training program
  • Completion of an ASHP/ACPE-accredited training program
  • Graduation from a pharmacy technician associate degree (A.S.) program

Please note, PTCB does not provide nor make recommendations or endorsements of any preparation activities.

Candidates are not limited to a finite number of exam attempts, although candidates are strongly encouraged to prepare for each attempt. The PTCE is a very reliable exam, which means that candidates who fail the exam should expect to fail again unless they increase their knowledge of the PTCE content through additional preparation.

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