PTCB launched the C.R.E.S.T. Initiative in 2011 by hosting a summit focused on the areas of Consumer Awareness, Resources, Education, State Policy, and Testing relating to pharmacy technicians. Attendees included pharmacists, Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs), educators, major employers, State Boards of Pharmacy, as well as representatives from state and national pharmacy organizations.
During the summit, participants expressed the need for the profession to move beyond philosophical discussion and make decisions on the future of pharmacy practice and the role of pharmacy technicians.
Recommendations from the summit include eligibility requirements for the PTCB Certification Program, requirements for recertification, and the creation of new specialty certification programs.
In March 2012, the C.R.E.S.T. Initiative Steering Committee, composed of 10 leaders in pharmacy, developed and launched a profession-wide survey on the above recommendations. The survey was completed by more than 17,000 pharmacy technicians and pharmacists nationwide. Results from the survey will provide the PTCB Board of Governors and Certification Council with important input from the profession on advancing the work of pharmacy technicians and the future of the PTCB Certification Program.
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