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CPhT Connection - January February 2015

by Laura Humphrey | Feb 24, 2015
January February 2015


PTCB Turns 20
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the founding of PTCB. As the most widely accepted national certification program for pharmacy technicians, PTCB has granted more than 550,000 certifications since its founding on January 31, 1995. “PTCB’s 20-year anniversary represents a time to celebrate the invaluable contributions of CPhTs to the pharmacy team,” said PTCB Executive Director & CEO Everett B. McAllister, RPh, MPA. “PTCB applauds the nation’s dedicated CPhTs, often the innovators in the pharmacy who efficiently run operations and optimize pharmacy systems, and thereby advance patient care and safety.” Read the news release.

Did You Know? Update on Mandatory Criminal Background Check Requirement
After conducting extensive research and considering feedback from stakeholders, PTCB has decided not to broaden its role by requiring criminal background checks for initial applicants for the PTCB Certification Program. PTCB continues to require candidates and CPhTs to fully disclose all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions, and reserves the right to investigate criminal backgrounds. PTCB remains focused on advancing patient safety and care by strengthening PTCB’s Certification Program and recertification requirements. This decision represents no change in PTCB’s current policy. Read more.

Celebrate CPhTs on Facebook and Twitter!
To celebrate PTCB’s twentieth anniversary, PTCB is giving away gift items from our store all year long on social media! Followers on Facebook (be sure you LIKE PTCB) and Twitter are invited to interact each month with PTCB to win. Use ‪#‎CelebrateCPhT‬ to enter a monthly drawing for gifts! To enter in February, post a response to the following: "Tell us why you LOVE being PTCB Certified." View the responses on PTCB's Facebook page and on Twitter, and go to #CelebrateCPhT.

CE Reminder: Your CE Courses Must Be Pharmacy Technician-Specific
Beginning in 2015, CE hours earned by CPhTs must be pharmacy technician-specific ('T-specific') to be acceptable for recertification. PTCB has also reduced the number of allowable 'in-service' CE hours from 10 to 5, starting in 2015. PTCB's new requirements are part of the Certification Program changes PTCB announced 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 specific to the knowledge required in today's pharmacy settings. View the fact sheet.

Apply by March 1 To Recertify
If your certification expiration date is March 31, 2015, please apply by March 1 to renew your certification. Applying by March 1 will help ensure adequate time for processing. To get started, log into your PTCB Account. PTCB has updated your CE requirements: Any CE hours earned after January 1, 2015 must be in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter.

You Ask. We Answer
Your Question: How do I change my name in the PTCB system?
PTCB's Answer: You can change most of your information (address, email, etc.) from within your PTCB Account. However, to change your name you must complete PTCB's Name Change Form and submit the requested documentation. PTCB prefers receiving your request with documentation online through the Name Change Form, but as an alternative, you may email or FAX appropriate documentation (copy of marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.). Email or send your FAX to 202-888-1699.
Have more questions? Visit PTCB's FAQs page.

Coming Up

PTCB on the Road


Diane Halvorson, CPhT, is in her second term as President of the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy, a position she has held since she was unanimously elected in May 2013 by fellow Board members. The North Dakota Board is one of six state boards that includes a pharmacy technician seat.


Just Arrived!
It's the season for sipping hot beverages. Drink your favorite from your new PTCB mug and show the world you are proud to be a PTCB CPhT. Visit the PTCB Store to check out new merchandise, including the official PTCB T-shirt.


Attend Technician Day on March 29 at APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego
APhA invites you to register for Pharmacy Technician Day on Sunday, March 29 for a full day of CE sessions at APhA's Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego. Visit the Annual Meeting site and click EVENTS/EVENT SEARCH and choose the PHARMACY TECHNICIAN category to view the T-specific CE programs scheduled. To register for Sunday only, enter registration code TECHDAY. The one-day fee is $99. CEs on Sunday include the following PTCB-endorsed sessions:   
  • 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)
CPhTs may register for the entire meeting with registration code TECH2015. Learn more and register.
Technician-Specific CEs Available By Subscription
Earn T-specific CE hours through The yearly fee of $60 provides access to more than 30 topics specifically for pharmacy technicians. Topics are available in multiple formats including on-demand activities, CE monographs, and podcasts. Live webinars are offered on new topics each month. Learn more.


PTCB Attends Iowa Pharmacy Technician Summit
PTCB Executive Director & CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh, and PTCB Director of Strategic Alliances Adam S. Chesler, PharmD, joined leaders from the University of Iowa and community colleges, as well as representatives from the Iowa State Board of Pharmacy and national and state pharmacy associations for a Pharmacy Technician Summit. Read more.

Interested in employment, discussions, and PTCB updates? 
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View previous issues of CPhT Connection.