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Apply for Certification

Eligibility

To achieve PTCB Certification, candidates must satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)*.
  • Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions.
  • Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies.
  • Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
* Candidates who are within 60 days of acquiring their high school diploma or equivalent will be eligible to apply for the PTCE. For more information, see Education Verification below.

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.

Once certified, CPhTs must 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.

Apply

Candidates apply for certification online. The cost to apply for certification and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is $129. Candidates and CPhTs who misrepresent their eligibility, or violate PTCB's policies, may be subject to discipline. Candidates who successfully apply will be authorized to schedule an exam appointment. 

Education Verification 

Candidates who are within 60 days of acquiring their high school diploma or equivalent educational diploma will be eligible to apply for the PTCE. PTCB Certification will not be granted until proof of high school completion (or equivalent) is provided to PTCB.

Examples of acceptable documentation include but are not limited to the following:

  • Copy of High School Diploma
  • Copy of High School Transcript with graduation date
  • Letter from a school official on letterhead indicating school and graduation date
  • GED Diploma/Results
  • Foreign Diploma (Education Evaluation required, visit NACES for more information)

Testing Accommodations

Candidates who require testing accommodations must request special accommodations during the application process. Accommodations that are reasonable and consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be provided by PTCB at no additional cost to candidates. Candidates who need to bring medical equipment into the testing room need to request an accommodation if the item is not on the list of allowed items.

Impartiality, Fairness, and Nondiscrimination

PTCB endorses the principles of impartiality, fairness, and equal opportunity and commits to act impartially, fairly, and equitably in relation to its applicants, candidates and Certificants, including but not limited to:
  1. Applying its standards and requirements for examinations and certifications equally to all individuals regardless of gender, age, disability, occupation, ethnic origin, color, cultural background, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or political opinion.
  2. Implementing its policies and procedures impartially and fairly.
  3. Not restricting certification based on undue financial or other limiting conditions.
  4. Not allowing commercial, financial, or other pressures to compromise impartiality in certification activities.