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CPhT Connection - November 2014

by Laura Humphrey | Dec 01, 2014
November 2014


DID YOU KNOW? Continuing Education Requirements for Recertification are Changing
Any continuing education (CE) hours earned on or after January 1, 2015 will need to be in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter to count toward recertification. This new CE requirement will not apply to CE hours completed on or before December 31, 2014. For example, if you are due to recertify in November 2015, you may have already completed some CE hours during 2013 or 2014, and plan to complete your remaining CE hours during 2015. PTCB will accept any CE hours you completed before December 31, 2014 that are pharmacy-related and acceptable under PTCB's current recertification policy. PTCB will not accept CE courses completed in 2015 or later that are not pharmacy technician-specific. Here are examples:

  • You complete 15 hours of CE before December 31, 2014. Some of these hours are not pharmacy technician-specific. These hours do not present a problem and can
    be submitted. However, your remaining 5 CE hours to be completed in 2015 will
    need to be pharmacy technician-specific.

  • You complete all 20 CE hours before December 31, 2014. You do not need to do
    anything else, even if some of your CE hours are not pharmacy

  • You do not complete any CE hours before 2015. All of your CE hours will need to
    be pharmacy technician-specific.

In addition to this change, beginning in 2015, PTCB will reduce the number of allowable CE hours earned through in-service training from 10 to 5. The updated requirements are part of a set of Certification Program changes announced by PTCB in early 2013 to advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB’s standards for certification and recertification. The revised 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.

   View the fact sheet on CE requirement changes in 2015.
   Read the October 2014 news release.
   Read the February 2013 announcement.
   Learn more about the Certification Program changes being phased in over 7 years.

Register Today for PTCB's CPhT of the Year Event at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting on December 9
Pharmacy technicians attending the 2014 American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition are invited to a PTCB reception to honor the 2014 CPhT of the Year on December 9 from 5:30 - 7 PM at the Anaheim Marriott. Please join us! Register early. If you have questions, send us an email at and write 'RECEPTION for CPhT OF THE YEAR 2014' on the subject line. The event is free to pharmacy technicians registered for ASHP Midyear. Register for the reception online.

Due To Recertify By March 31? You Can Apply Beginning December 22
If you are due to recertify before March 31, 2015, you can apply to recertify beginning on December 22. To get started, click LOGIN at
REMINDER: Apply Now If Your Expiration Date is November 30
If you are due to recertify before November 30, please apply promptly. Time is running out. Click LOGIN at and get started by logging into your account. 

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Just Arrived! Tri-Blend PTCB T-Shirt
Now you can order your PTCB American Apparel Tri-Blend T-shirt! This new item just arrived in the PTCB store in time for the holidays. The shirt is an American Apparel adult 3.7-ounce short-sleeved track shirt (50% polyester, 25% cotton, 25% rayon). The fabric combines three fibers for softness, comfort, and durability. The PTCB logo is proudly displayed on the front. Order yours.


Human Error vs. Computer Error
Here is a patient safety CE course that covers the impact of medication errors on health-related outcomes and health care costs; the use of health information technology to minimize the risk of medication errors and improve patient safety; the impact of electronic prescribing on medication errors in the community pharmacy setting; and the potential benefits and limitations of computerized prescription entry on medication safety. This free patient safety CE course from Power Pak C.E. is worth 2 CE hours and expires on October 31, 2016.


American Pharmacists Association 2015 Annual Meeting To Include Pharmacy Technician Day 
The APhA 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego will include an assortment of pharmacy technician-specific CE sessions. For those who cannot take part in the entire meeting, APhA invites you to register for the Pharmacy Technician Day portion on Sunday, March 29. Watch your inbox for information in future communications. The day will include the following sessions, and more:              
      Getting Your Foot in the Door: Strategies for Success (leadership)
      Patient Safety in Compounding and Traceability (law CE)
      Medication Safety: Protecting Patients and Practitioners (patient safety CE)

APhA has other education options for pharmacy technicians. For a quick search of pharmacy technician-specific CE activities, visit the APhA education page and type T in the ‘Search by ACPE number’ field. You will find more pharmacy technician resources on the APhA's pharmacy technician resource page.

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