What is the difference between ACPE-accredited and Non-ACPE-accredited CE Providers?

How do I know if my CE provider is ACPE-accredited?

To determine if your CE program provider is ACPE-accredited, please review your CE program completion documentation or contact your CE program provider directly. You can also find a list of ACPE-accredited providers here.

Completion documentation for programs from ACPE-accredited program providers contains a 15 digit ACPE Universal Activity Number (UAN).

Example ACPE UAN: 197-000-15-001-L05-T

When applying for renewal, if all CE activities were completed through an ACPE-accredited provider, you will need to select the 'I attest that I have earned all 20 continuing education (CE) hours from ACPE-accredited providers' option when attesting to the completion of the required CE hours.

If your CE activities were completed through both ACPE-accredited providers and non ACPE-accredited providers, you will need to select the 'I attest that I have earned continuing education (CE) hours from ACPE-accredited providers and/or from non ACPE-accredited providers' option when attesting to the completion of the required CE hours and enter information for the CE activities from non ACPE-accredited providers.


What are the approved continuing education (CE) activities that may not be from ACPE-accredited providers?

1.  Seminars, Workshops, and Conferences. Credit may be earned by attending seminars, workshops, conferences, or other educational programs that primarily contain pharmacy technician-specific subject matter, consistent with the terms of this Policy. These programs may include a live, web-based, or recorded presentation, teleconference, virtual meeting, panel discussion, or workshop.

Documentation Required: Certificants must maintain a Certificate of Participation, Statement of Credit or Transcript issued by the program provider, that includes the: name of the participant; title and completion date of the program; program sponsor or provider name; and number of hours awarded.

2.  College Courses. Credit may be earned for the successful completion of academic coursework at a regionally accredited university, college, or community college during the current recertification cycle.  Certificants will be granted (10) CE hours for a course (or courses) equal to (3) three academic credit hours, so long as the certificant receives a grade of “C” or better.

Documentation Required: Certificants must maintain an official transcript, grade report, or verification form issued by the educational institution, which indicates a grade of “C” or better in the course.

3.  Service to PTCB. Credit may be earned for unpaid participation in certain PTCB activities and functions that are essential to maintaining the Certification Program. The activities and functions that are eligible for CE hours and the amount of CE hours that will be granted are at the discretion of the PTCB Certification Council.

Documentation Required: Certificants must maintain a signed letter of participation and CE award from an authorized representative of the PTCB Certification Council.

Additional information regarding CE requirements can be found at ptcb.org.

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