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CPhT Connection - January February 2018

by PTCB | Feb 14, 2018

New Exam (PTCE) Content and Updated Education/Training Requirement Planned for 2020
PTCB announced two significant changes to its Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program effective January 1, 2020. The first is an updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) content outline. The second is an updated education/training requirement. PTCB invites the pharmacy community to submit comments regarding implementation of the new requirement. Read more.

Apply Now To Become a PTCB Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician™ (CSPT™)
PTCB’s new Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician™ (CSPT™) Program is the first new certification program PTCB has offered since our founding in 1995 with the introduction of our Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program. To earn CSPT Certification, eligible CPhTs are required to: 1) pass the CSPT™ Exam; and 2) submit Competency Attestation documentation from a qualified supervisor. Learn about the CSPT Program and how to apply.

PTCB Earns ANSI Accreditation
PTCB's CPhT Program has earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Personnel Certification Accreditation Program through December 2022, joining an elite group of ANSI-accredited organizations. ANSI is the first personnel certification accreditation body in the US to meet internationally accepted practices for accreditation. Read more.

Video: Exclusive Interview with SSgt Mary Johnson, USAF, 2017 PTCB CPhT of the Year
In an exclusive TV interview during the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 2017 Midyear Clinical Meeting, 2017 PTCB CPhT of the Year SSgt Mary Johnson, USAF, talks about how and why she launched a major policy initiative to implement standardized opioid prescription guidelines in Air Force pharmacies in Europe. Watch now.

Spread the Word: Official PTCB Practice Exam Now Available in Second Exam Form
PTCB introduced a second form of the Official Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Practice Exam on September 1, 2017. Both the first and second versions have been constructed to familiarize candidates with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE). The Practice Exam is priced at $29 each, or at the discount price of $49 for both versions. Read more.

PTCB in the News

Top Seven Challenges (and Opportunities) for Pharmacy in 2018
Glen Gard, CPhT, PTCB CSPT Exam Development Committee member, and others talk about what’s ahead this year for pharmacy.


The Future of Pharm Techs
Wondering about the future for pharmacy technicians? Here’s what PTCB Executive Director and CEO William Schimmel had to say in an interview with Drug Topics.


Pharmacy Tech Brings U.S. Guidelines Overseas
Hear first-hand from Air Force SSgt Mary Johnson, CPhT, about her work to address opioid prescribing guidelines overseas. She’s the 2017 PTCB CPhT of the Year.


Q&A with PTCB’s Executive Director and CEO
Check out this interview with PTCB’s William Schimmel published in Pharmacy Today.

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