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CPhT Connection - July August 2014

by Laura Humphrey | Aug 26, 2014


PTCB To Change Continuing Education Requirements in 2015
Beginning in 2015, PTCB will implement two changes in recertification requirements. First, PTCB will require CPhTs to submit 20 hours of pharmacy technician-specific (‘T-specific’) continuing education (CE) hours to qualify for recertification. In addition, PTCB will reduce the number of allowable CE hours earned through in-service training from 10 to 5. The new requirements are part of the program changes announced by PTCB in early 2013 to advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB’s standards for certification and recertification. The revised CE requirements are meant to ensure that CPhTs are continually educated through programs that are specific to the demands placed on CPhTs in today’s pharmacy settings.

Coming Soon! Vote for the CPhT of the Year
Thank you for submitting so many excellent nominations for the 2014 PTCB CPhT of the Year. The finalists will be featured in an online ballot in early September. Be sure to Like PTCB on Facebook to watch for news about voting. The 2014 honoree will receive a $500 honorarium, plus registration, travel, and accommodations to attend the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition, December 7-11, in Anaheim, CA. Stay connected on Facebook and look for updates at
PTCB's Annual Progress Report Features Your Photos  

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board 2013 Annual Progress Report

PTCB's Annual Progress Report features photos submitted to us in October by pharmacy teams across the US! The report highlights the headway PTCB made in 2013 to meet the demands of a changing healthcare system while advancing patient care and safety. The report includes by-the-numbers information on involvement by employers, educators, CPhTs, and other stakeholders in PTCB activities.

Adam Chesler, PharmD, is New PTCB Director of Strategic Alliances
PTCB is pleased to announce the hiring of Adam S. Chesler, PharmD, as the new Director of Strategic Alliances. He reports directly to the CEO and Executive Director, Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh. Adam is responsible for managing public and private strategic alliances, building organizational relationships, serving as a spokesperson for PTCB, and leading PTCB towards recognition as the national certification standard. Adam comes to PTCB from Longhorn Health Solutions, the largest supplier of Durable Medical Equipment supplies to Medicaid and Star-Plus patients in the state of Texas, where he served as Director of Pharmacy Operations. Read the full story.

PTCB Manager Jill Spivey Wins Award for Advancing Pharmacy Technician Education
Jill Spivey, PTCB’s Manager of Partnership Development, is the recipient of the Pharmacy Technician Educators’ Council (PTEC) 2014 Phil Naut Award for her contributions to advancing the education of pharmacy technicians. She received her award on July 12 at PTEC’s annual meeting in Lexington, KY. Jill joined PTCB in 2012 and was immediately tasked with building PTCB’s Advocate Educator Program to facilitate information sharing between PTCB and the hundreds of pharmacy technician educators. Read the full story.

Exam Security Update
Maintaining the security and confidentiality of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), including the prevention of unauthorized disclosure of test items, exam format, and other confidential information, is of utmost importance to PTCB. We employ industry-proven security protocols to protect the integrity of the PTCE and the examination results. Some of the methods to detect security violations include video surveillance, data analysis, and secure test delivery. Read more.

You Ask, We Answer: Where is my certificate?
Your Question: My recertification was approved but I have not received my certificate in the mail. When will I receive it?
PTCB’s Answer: You can print your own official certificate by logging into your account and clicking on Print Certificate under Certification Management free of charge. This is an official certificate and should be considered as such for proof of certification purposes. An optional fine paper certificate with a wallet-sized card can be ordered from inside your account, but is not included in your application for recertification fee. The cost is $25. To order, log into your account, and click on Certificates on the top menu. Then click Search under Product Search, followed by Certificate Reprint, and follow the ordering process. Certificates arrive in 4 to 6 weeks.
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Desselle Study on Value of Certification Now Available on PTCB’s Website
Now you can access a published 2010 study of pharmacists' views on certification of technicians. The report finds that pharmacists consider certification an essential component in reducing medication errors and ensuring patient safety. The results, from researcher Shane Desselle, R.Ph, PhD, FAPhA, Associate Dean for Tulsa Programs, and Chair and Professor of the Department of Pharmacy, Clinical and Administrative Sciences at University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, reflect information from 609 survey responses of pharmacists serving in a variety of practice settings across the United States. Find the article on PTCB’s Resources webpage under Research


Join the American Pharmacists Association This Month at a Discount
Looking for networking opportunities, CE hours, and information on Pharmacy trends? The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) invites pharmacy technicians to join
to access these and other benefits. Pharmacy technicians who join before August 31, 2014, will receive a 10% discount on dues and a copy of APhA Pharmacy Law Matters 2013, a year-end look at legal and regulatory developments affecting pharmacy in 2013 (worth 2 CE hours). Join at APhA's website, and use the discount code S14TL on the enrollment form.

Patient Safety and Law CE
Earn CE hours for PTCB recertification. For a fee of $60 per year, you will receive access to more than 30 topics developed specifically for pharmacy technicians. Topics are available in multiple formats  including on-demand activities, CE monographs, and podcasts. You can also participate in live webinars on new topics each month.


Jennifer Comford, CPhT  



Check out the newest CPhT
Spotlight on Jennifer Comford, CPhT
, the lead technician in her hospital's interdisciplinary effort to decrease missing medications.






Nominate Yourself or Someone for a CPhT Spotlight!
PTCB is accepting nominations for CPhT Spotlights. Do you, or does someone you know, demonstrate excellence as a pharmacy technician? We regularly highlight one CPhT whose dedication to patient safety and embodiment of innovation make him or her an example for others. Please contact us at to nominate yourself or another PTCB CPhT for a Spotlight. We look forward to telling your story!
Celebrate a 10- or 15-Year Anniversary

Commemorate your 10- or 15-year anniversary of becoming a PTCB CPhT by wearing your own PTCB anniversary pin. We are proud to offer unique ways to showcase your accomplishment. Choose from either a silver-tone pin with a polished "10" or a gold-tone pin with a polished "15". These special commemorative pins are available exclusively through the PTCB store and are priced at $3.95 each.

Visit PTCB’s online store to celebrate your years of service by ordering your 10- or 15-year anniversary pin, as well as your CPhT lapel pin, travel mug, water bottle, and more. Interested in employment opportunities, pharmacy technician news, and PTCB updates?  Join PTCB's Group and follow PTCB's Company Page on LinkedIn.

Stay connected: Like PTCB on Facebook and follow PTCB on Twitter!


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