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Certification Council

Certification Council Structure

The Certification Council is an autonomous standing committee of PTCB, led by the Chair, and a President and Vice President chosen from the members annually. The Council is responsible for the establishment and administration of PTCB’s certification programs. The Council currently consists of the following seats:

  1. Chair (NABP CEO, ex officio with vote)
  2. PTCB Executive Director (ex officio without vote)
  3. Health-System Technician
  4. Health-System Pharmacist
  5. Community Pharmacy Technician
  6. Community Pharmacy Pharmacist
  7. Sterile Compounding Technician
  8. Sterile Compounding Pharmacist
  9. Technician at-large
  10. Pharmacist at-large
  11. Technician Educator or Researcher
  12. Public Member
Council members have relevant expertise as required by the seat to which they are appointed. For example, the Health-System Technician member represents the perspectives of health-system pharmacy technicians. Council members are therefore required to place the opinions and perspectives of their stakeholder group above their own and those of their employer(s) or of any local, state, or national organization.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Certification Council’s duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Establishing policies and procedures for certification programs
  • Developing requirements for candidates
  • Expanding and reducing the scope of the certification program
  • Developing the content of the certification exams
  • Administering the application and examination process
  • Supervising the scoring and testing process
  • Maintaining a registry of certified individuals
  • Developing and maintaining recertification programs
  • Maintaining a code of conduct
  • Maintaining an appeals process

Involvement in the Appeal Process

The Certification Council Appeals Committee is involved in PTCB’s appeals review and resolution process. An appeal to the Appeals Committee explains the reason(s) that an initial executive staff decision is believed incorrect, and should be reversed or resolved. The Appeals Committee Decision will include the findings of the committee and a summary of the relevant factual findings based on the record.