What do I need to know about continuing education (CE)?


CE ACTIVITY SUBJECT MATTER 

  • All continuing education (CE) activities completed for CPhT renewal must be pharmacy technician-specific (T-specific).
  • In order to qualify as pharmacy technician-specific, a CE activity’s objectives must assess or align with pharmacy technician practice as outlined in PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Content Outline.
  • PTCB does not accept pharmacist-specific (P-specific) CE.

REQUIRED CE HOURS

  • Within each recertification cycle, PTCB requires the completion of 20 CE hours, including 1 hour in the subject of pharmacy law and 1 hour in the subject of patient safety.
  • When applying for reinstatement, PTCB requires the completion of 20 CE hours, including 2 hours in the subject of pharmacy law and 1 hour in the subject of patient safety. 

CE ACTIVITY FORMAT

  • Credit may be earned by attending seminars, workshops, conferences, or other educational programs that primarily contain pharmacy technician-specific subject matter. These activities may include a live, web-based, or recorded presentation, teleconference, virtual meeting, panel discussion, or workshop.
  • No more than 10 hours of the 20 required CE hours may be earned by completing a relevant 3 academic credit hour college course with a grade of “C” or better. Relevant coursework must assess or align with pharmacy technician practice as outlined in PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Content Outline.
  • Beginning January 1, 2018, PTCB no longer accepts what is known as ‘in-service’ continuing education (CE) hours. More information can be found here

CE COMPLETED FROM ACPE-ACCREDITED CE PROVIDERS

  • If you have completed CE activities from an ACPE-accredited CE provider, each CE activity will have a ACPE Universal Activity Number (UAN or ACPE Number):

  • Each UAN includes topic and target audience designators:

  • Pharmacy Technician-specific CE activities from ACPE-accredited CE providers have a ‘T’ target audience designator. 
  • Patient safety-specific CE activities from ACPE-accredited CE providers will have a ‘05’ topic designator. 
  • Pharmacy law-specific CE activities from ACPE-accredited CE providers will have a ‘03’ topic designator. 

CE COMPLETED FROM NON-ACPE ACCREDITED CE PROVIDERS:

  • In order for a CE activity completed from a non-ACPE-accredited CE provider to be considered pharmacy technician-specific, the activities must assess or align with pharmacy technician practice as outlined in PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Content Outline.
  • Pharmacy law-specific CE activities from non-ACPE-accredited CE providers must address federal, state, or local laws and/or regulations affecting the practice of pharmacy.
  • Patient safety-specific CE activities from non-ACPE-accredited CE providers must address “the prevention of healthcare errors, and the elimination or mitigation of patient injury caused by healthcare errors,” as defined in the ACPE Policy and Procedures Manual.

 RECERTIFICATION CYCLES:

  • All required CE hours are required to be completed during each recertification cycle for you to maintain an active PTCB certification status. 
  • A recertification cycle begins when certification is initially provided or when a renewal application is approved and ends on the certification expiration date, lasting approximately 2 years.
  • CE hours completed before the start of a recertification cycle cannot be applied toward future recertification cycles. 
  • CE hours completed after the certification expiration date cannot be applied toward recertification.

 60-DAY REPORTING PERIOD FOR CE INFORMATION TO CPE MONITOR:

  • ACPE-accredited CE providers have 60 days to report CE completion information to the NABP CPE Monitor. 
  • PTCB verifies CE completion information 60 days after the date an application is submitted using CPE Monitor as the auditing tool. If CE information in CPE Monitor is found to be non-compliant with CE requirements, your application will be returned to you after the completion of the 60-day certification period.

ATTESTING TO CE COMPLETION:

  • When applying for renewal, you must attest to completing all CE requirements within your recertification cycle and select the statement that confirms the source of the CE activities you have completed:

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If you select “I attest that I have EARNED ALL 20 continuing education (CE) from ACPE-accredited providers”:

  • PTCB will check the information in CPE Monitor to verify your completion of all CE hours within your last recertification cycle for a period of 60 days from the date of your application submission.

If you select “I attest that I have earned continuing education (CE) from ACPE-accredited providers AND/OR FROM non ACPE-accredited providers”:

  • PTCB will check the information in CPE Monitor to verify the completion of CE hours within your last recertification cycle 60 days after the date of your application submission and will review your manually entered CE information.

If PTCB is not able to verify that your CE activities meet requirements, your application will be returned for non-compliance. See Why was my CPhT renewal application returned? What do I need to do? for more information.

CE ACTIVITY RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • PTCB does not provide or recommend specific CE providers or activities. 
  • Example CE providers are listed here.

CE AUDITS:

  • PTCB randomly selects recertification applications for audits of CE completion information. Selected certificants are notified by email with instructions.
  • Documentation (certificates of completion/statements of credit) must include your name, activity/program title, completion date, CE provider name, and number of hours awarded. 
  • If available, PTCB prefers that you provide your CPE Monitor transcript, rather than individual certificates of completion/statements of credit. Instructions for obtaining a copy of your CPE Monitor transcript can be found here.
  • Records of CE hours earned during each recertification cycle must be maintained by certificants for at least 1 year after the recertification cycle ends.

More information on PTCB’s continuing education requirements can be found here.

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