PTCB was established in 1995 by the American Pharmacists Association; American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists; and Michigan Pharmacists Association; and joined by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in 2001. PTCB advocates for a single national standard for pharmacy technician certification that is recognized and supported by the profession. Establishing a national standard for pharmacy technician certification through PTCB is consistent with the approach used by other health professions, including the pharmacist licensure process.
PTCB develops, maintains, promotes, and administers a nationally accredited certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians to enable the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety.
The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) was created in 1987 by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs that assess professional competence. NCCA uses a peer review process to: establish accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with the standards; recognize organizations/programs which demonstrate compliance; and serve as a resource on quality certification. Certification programs that receive accreditation demonstrate compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, which were the first standards for professional certification programs developed by the industry. To date, NCCA has accredited over 200 programs from more than 100 organizations, including PTCB.
In 2006, PTCB joined the elite group of organizations that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. Both the initial application and renewal in 2011 entailed a lengthy review of PTCB's procedures, protocols, and operations. NCCA standards address the structure and governance of PTCB, the characteristics of PTCB's certification program, the information required to be available to exam candidates, certificants, and the public, and the recertification initiatives of PTCB. PTCB's test development and administration procedures, psychometric analyses, and policies and procedures all meet NCCA's stringent standards. NCCA's Standards for compliance exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.