Pharmacy Technician-specific CE Requirement

Any CE hours earned on or after January 1, 2015 must be pharmacy technician-specific.

CE hours earned prior to January 1, 2015, and within your two-year certification cycle, that are pharmacist-specific may be used toward your recertification. 

 

All recertification and reinstatement candidates eligible for recertification or reinstatement in 2015 and beyond will be required to submit pharmacy technician-specific continuing education (CE) hours for any hours earned on or after January 1, 2015.

PTCB's new requirements are part of the Certification Program changes PTCB announced in early 2013. This change is intended to ensure that CPhTs are continually educated through programs specific to the knowledge required by pharmacy technicians in today's pharmacy settings.

For recertification candidates, 20 hours of pharmacy technician-specific continuing education must be completed, including:

  • 1 hour of CE in the subject of pharmacy law
  • 1 hour of CE in the subject of patient safety

For reinstatement candidates, 20 hours of pharmacy technician-specific continuing education must be completed, including:

  • 2 hours of CE in the subject of pharmacy law
  • 1 hour of CE in the subject of patient safety

PTCB has determined that all CE programs offered by Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited providers with the target audience designator “T”, satisfy the requirement of pertaining to pharmacy technician-specific subject matter. CE programs intended for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will have an identical Universal Activity Number (UAN, also known as an ACPE number) with the exception of the target audience designator (either a “P” or “T.”). The CE program with pharmacy technician-specific objectives and “T” target audience designator should be completed.

PTCB will not accept CE that is not pharmacy technician-specific and earned on or after January 1, 2015. If you have already earned CE that is pharmacist-specific, we recommend checking with your CE provider to see if the provider offers an equivalent course listed with a pharmacy technician-specific designation.

Non-accredited CE programs will be accepted if PTCB determines that the program objectives are pharmacy technician-specific and relate to the material found in PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Blueprint.

 

Please also note the following recent updates to PTCB’s CE requirements:

In-service hours:

Beginning January 1, 2018, PTCB will no longer accept what is known as ‘in-service’ continuing education (CE) hours toward fulfillment of PTCB’s 20-hour CE requirement for recertification. In-service CE refers to certain projects or training earned at a CPhT's workplace under a pharmacist's supervision.

The ‘in-service’ CE category will no longer appear as an option in your recertification application form beginning in January. For example, a CPhT with an expiration date of March 31, 2018 will not be able to submit in-service CE hours earned prior to January 1, 2018.

Only a small portion of CPhTs will be affected by this change since more than 95% of recertification applicants never choose to submit ‘in-service’ CE hours on their applications.

PTCB first announced this change in 2013 as part of a series of PTCB Program enhancements to advance pharmacy technician qualifications for renewal. The changes redefine acceptable continuing education in an effort to increase quality and uniformity, and ensure CE hours provide education that is relevant to today’s pharmacy settings.

College credits:

Beginning in 2016, the maximum CE hours earned through college credits has be reduced from 15 to 10 hours.

Recertification applications submitted in 2016 and beyond will be limited to the use of 10 CE hours earned through college credits, even if the college credits were earned prior to January 1, 2016. Please note, college credits are not mandatory

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