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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 education/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


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.

Official score reports are typically available within three weeks from your exam date. PTCB cannot expedite the processing of exam results or certification information.

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


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.