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Certified Pharmacy Technician - Home Study Program

There are two parts to being a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) through PTCB. First, pharmacy technicians must sit for and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Examination (PTCB Examination). Once a pharmacy technician has passed the exam, he or she may use the designation of CPhT.  Second, to continue to hold certification, a CPhT is required to obtain twenty hours of continuing education for re-certification within two years of original certification or previous re-certification.    This is only one test, one exam total.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) develops, maintains, promotes, and administers a certification and re-certification program for pharmacy technicians. PTCB provides programs and services that offer pharmacy technicians an opportunity to demonstrate that they have mastered knowledge and skills across practice settings. Through the PTCB program, pharmacy technicians are able to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer better patient care and service.

This home study package includes your Pharmacy Technician PTCB National Exam Review Manual, the complete textbook and an interactive CD-rom with applications to help pass the exam with abbreviations, math calculations, and the information and application to take the exam, practice final exams and answer keys.  All of this is included and all you will need to take the exam and be certified as a CPhT after passing the exam.

The cost of the program is $225.00.   The package will then be shipped via USPS priority mail with a tracking number.

If mailing payment, please, include with your money order, your name, mailing address, phone number and what you want to purchase in the envelope.  Or, use the "registration, order form" link on the website to the left.


FAQ about the Home Study "Pharmacy Tech" program:

1.  Do I have to have experience to do the home study program?   No.  Of course, if you have some medical or pharmacy background it will help make studying easier and quicker.  But, this program is for beginners up to advanced.  This is a challenging program.   Please, expect to study.

2.  How much does is cost to take the exam?   $129.00.   You will be responsible for paying your own exam fee when applying to take the exam.

3.  Where do I take the exam?  All information will be included in your package.  Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Greenville and Wilmington, North Carolina are just a few sites that offer the exam and many other areas.  Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina.  Richmond, Virgina are other testing centers.   There are 200 locations nation wide.

4.  Is this valid only for North Carolina?   No, all states can use this home study program because it is a national exam.

5.  What are the requirements?  You must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school dilpoma or GED, be able to read, write and understand English.  The exam is administered on a computer.   To take the exam, you will need a photo ID and a matching social security card.   You cannot have any felony charges against you.   You will not be allowed to take the exam.

6.  How long will it take me to complete the course?   It depends on you.  It may take one person four weeks and another person four months.  It depends on your education level, background and time available for you to put forth the effort.

7.  What if I fail the exam?   You must wait 90 days before applying to take the test again.  You must pay each time you take the exam.

8.  Do I attend a class?  No.  That is why it is a "Home Study Program".   This means, you will receive all the materials and do it on your own, at your own pace at home.  Then, when you feel you are ready, register to take the exam.

9.  Where can I work after passing the exam?  Walgreen's, Rite Aid, Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, or any local pharmacy or hospital hiring pharmacy technicians or certified pharmacy techs.

10.  Do you have this pharmacy program available in Spanish?   No. This is only available in English.

11.  Do you have to renew this certification?   Yes, every two years by completing continuing education credits.

Eligibility Policy

In order to be eligible for PTCB Certification, a candidate must satisfy the following requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma).
  • Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
  • Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions.
  • Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies.

A candidate may be disqualified for PTCB Certification upon the disclosure or discovery of:

  • Criminal conduct involving the candidate;
  • State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure action involving the candidate;
  • Violation of a PTCB Certification policy, including but not limited to the Code of Conduct.

PTCB reserves the right to investigate criminal background, verify candidate eligibility and deny certification to any individual.

It is the responsibility of the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhTs) to report any felony conviction, drug or pharmacy-related violations, or State Board of Pharmacy action taken against their license or registration at the occurrence and at the time of recertification, to PTCB for review. Disqualification determinations are made on a case-by-case basis.

You do need a good understanding of basic math to succeed at this program.   Math and calculations ARE part of the national exam.  All of this information will be included in your package.  You will be allowed to use a calculator for the exam.


About the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
PTCB was established in January 1995 and is governed by five pharmacy organizations—the American
Pharmacists Association
(APhA), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the
Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP), the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA)
and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). The goal of the PTCB national
certification program
is to enable pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to
offer safe and effective patient care and service. PTCB contracts with Pearson VUE, the industry's
technology leader, as its computer-based testing vendor. PTCB draws upon the experience and expertise
of its 15-year partner, Professional Examination Service (PES) for test development.


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