Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the PTCB Community

PTCB recognizes the potential effect the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have on our community, especially given the vital role pharmacy technicians play in maintaining the health of our communities. 

Please visit ptcb.org/covid19 for up-to-date information on PTCB’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Answers to frequently asked questions about testing during COVID-19 can be found here.

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Pearson VUE test centers have started to reopen in locations where government guidelines deem it safe. Other test centers remain closed.

If you have an exam appointment scheduled at a Pearson VUE-owned test center that remains closed, Pearson VUE will contact you to confirm if your appointment has been canceled. 

If your appointment has not been canceled, the test center at which you are scheduled to test remains open. If you do not wish to take an exam at your scheduled appointment, cancel the appointment at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled time, then reschedule for a date in the future. Log in to your PTCB Account to cancel and/or reschedule your exam appointment using the link found under the exam’s “Manage My” tile.

Refer to the Testing During COVID-19 section for answers to frequently asked questions.

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On May 4, PTCB launched online proctored exam delivery of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) for candidates for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential, along with the Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT) Exam, Technician Product Verification Certificate (TPV) Exam, and Medication History Certificate Exam

Online proctored testing will be available for a limited time as part of a six-month pilot program.

Refer to the Online Proctored Testing section for basic information on taking a PTCB exam online through the Pearson VUE OnVUE platform. Answers to additional frequently asked questions can be found on the PTCB OnVUE page.

noun_money_down_2689010.png Fee Reductions

PTCB is implementing a temporary reduction in application fees for applications submitted between April 13 and July 31, 2020.

 

Standard Fee

Temporarily Reduced Fee

CPhT

$129

$115

CSPT

$199 ($149 exam registration fee, $50 application fee)

$185 ($135 exam registration fee, $50 application fee)

Assessment-Based Certificates 

$89

$75

noun_Calendar_Plus_140639.png March, April, May 2020 Recertification Extension

If you are a CPhT or CSPT with a March 31, 2020, April 30, 2020, or May 31, 2020 certification expiration date, we have extended your application deadline and expiration date by 60 days to allow extra time to complete your CEs and submit your renewal application.

  • If your original certification expiration date was March 31, 2020, your updated application deadline is May 1, 2020 and your updated certification expiration date is May 31, 2020.
  • If your original certification expiration date was April 30, 2020, your updated application deadline is June 1, 2020 and your updated certification expiration date is June 30, 2020.
  • If your original certification expiration date was May 31, 2020, your updated application deadline is July 1, 2020 and your updated certification expiration date is July 31, 2020.

 

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