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Changes in Continuing Education Requirements 

2016 Changes:
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the 2016 changes.

2015 Changes:
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on the 2015 changes.  
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on the 2015 changes.
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What is Continuing Education?

According to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), continuing pharmacy education, "is a structured educational activity designed or intended to support the continuing development of pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians to maintain and enhance their competence. Continuing pharmacy education should promote problem-solving and critical thinking and be applicable to the safe practice of pharmacy."

Continuing Education Requirements

Certificants must complete a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing education (CE) during each two (2) year recertification cycle. Any CE hours earned after January 1, 2015 must be in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter. For recertification candidates, one (1) hour of the twenty (20) hours must be in the subject of pharmacy law and one (1) hour must be in the subject of patient safety (refer to the ACPE definition of patient safety in the ACPE Policy and Procedures Manual, topic designation 05). For reinstatement candidates, two (2) of the twenty (20) hours must be in the subject of pharmacy law and one (1) hour must be in the subject of patient safety. A maximum of ten (10) hours of the twenty (20) hours may be earned by completing a relevant college course with a grade of “C” or better.

Beginning January 1, 2018, PTCB no longer accepts continuing education earned through the completion of in-service projects or training for any certificants eligible for recertification or reinstatement.

CPhTs must complete all CE hours within the two (2) year recertification cycle (on or before the expiration date). No CE hours completed before certification is granted may be used to satisfy recertification requirements. CE hours can only be applied to the recertification cycle in which they are completed, and cannot be carried over and applied to future cycles.

Candidates for reinstatement may complete CE on any date after their last recertification date and up to 1 (one) year after their expiration date. For example, if a candidate's certification expired on 11/30/2016 and their last recertification date was 12/1/2014, they may complete CE to submit for reinstatement between 12/1/2014 and 11/30/2017.

Pharmacy Technician-Specific Subject Matter

Certificants must satisfy CE requirements in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter. In order to qualify as pharmacy technician-specific, a CE program's objectives must assess or sustain the competency critical to pharmacy technician practice stated in PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Blueprint

Approved Activities 

PTCB has determined that all CE programs offered by ACPE-accredited providers with the target audience designation "T" satisfy the requirement of pertaining to pharmacy technician-specific subject matter. Other CE programs will be accepted if PTCB determines that the program's objectives assess or sustain the competency critical to pharmacy technician practice stated in PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Blueprint. Any CE hours earned after January 1, 2015 with the target audience designation "P” (pharmacist-specific) will not be accepted. For more information please refer to the Recertification Policy.

CPhTs who are unsure about whether or not PTCB will accept a CE activity should refer to the PTCB Recertification Policy

Continuing Education Documentation

CPhTs must maintain their own records of CE hours earned during each recertification period, and are responsible for maintaining these records for at least one (1) year after the certification cycle ends. Acceptable documentation of participation in a college course may be either a transcript or a grade report.

How To Enter Your CE Hours 

PTCB has made the recertification/reinstatement application process easier and faster for applicants. Many CPhTs already track their continuing education (CE) hours with CPE Monitor, a service of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Now CPhTs who use the CPE Monitor service may apply for recertification without manually entering their CE activities into their PTCB Account. PTCB urges all CPhTs to be sure to set up their NABP e-Profile ID before their next recertification deadline. Beginning October 2019 all CPhTs are required to have an NABP e-Profile ID on file with PTCB. Learn more.

Alternatively, you may manually enter your CEs when renewing your certification.