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PTCB CSPT

Application Requirements and Fees

To apply to become a CSPT™, a candidate must be a PTCB CPhT in good standing. In addition, CPhTs must either complete a PTCB-recognized sterile compounding training program and have one year of work experience in sterile compounding; or have 3 years of work experience in sterile compounding. 

Certification Requirements and Fees

Requirements

Candidates must achieve a passing score on the CSPT exam and have a qualified supervisor complete the Competency Attestation Form within the one-year Candidacy Eligibility Window.

The CSPT Exam is a two-hour, 75-question multiple choice exam. One hour and 50 minutes are allotted for answering the exam questions and 10 minutes for a tutorial and post-exam survey. The exam covers hazardous and non-hazardous Compounded Sterile Products (CSPs) in the following domains:

  • Medications and Components (17%)
  • Facilities and Equipment (22%)
  • Sterile Compounding Procedures (53%)
  • Handling, Packaging, Storage, and Disposal (8%)

Refer to the full blueprint for more detail. On page 56 of the PTCB Candidate Guidebook, you can also find a medications list and references list for review.

Application and Exam Fees

CSPT Application Fee* $50
CSPT Exam Fee $149

*Non-refundable one-time fee required per one-year CSPT Candidacy Window.

CSPT Candidacy Eligibility Window 

Once approved, CSPT candidates will be granted a one-year Candidacy Eligibility Window. All exam and certification requirements must be completed within the Candidacy Eligibility Window including a passing score on the CSPT Exam.

Recertification Requirements and Fees

Requirements

CSPT recertification is required every year, while CPhT recertification is required every 2 years.

To successfully recertify, a CSPT must be a CPhT in good standing, complete 5 hours of continuing education in sterile compounding, and submit a Competency Attestation Form completed by a qualified supervisor. The 5 hours of continuing education in sterile compounding required for CSPT recertification each year will be counted toward the 20 continuing education hours required for CPhT recertification.

Recertification Fee

A $20 recertification fee is due only once every 2 years (during the “off” CPhT recertification year).

Recertification Process

Looking for more clarification? View the infographic: PTCB CSPT Recertification Process.

Have Questions?

Refer to PTCB's Help Center for answers to common questions or to submit a help request.

Apply Today

Are you a PTCB CPhT with sterile compounding experience? If so, take the next step in your career and apply to demonstrate your commitment to patient safety.