Certification Requirements

CE Requirements to Maintain Certification by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)

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 (ACPE, topic designation 05).
  • 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. A maximum of five (5) hours may be earned by completing in-service projects.
  • 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.
Certificants must satisfy CE requirements in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter. 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.
CE Requirements to Maintain Certification by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA): Continuing Education for ExCPT Certified Pharmacy Technicians
During the two-year period prior to recertification, certified pharmacy technicians must participate in at least 20 hours of continuing education (CE), including at least one (1) hour of pharmacy law. Additional CE credits earned cannot be carried over to the next recertification period.
Acceptable Pharmacy Technician CE Topics
To be approved, CE credit must be related to pharmacy technician practice and must include at least one (1) hour of pharmacy law per two-year certification period. NHA reserves the right to reject credits not deemed applicable to pharmacy technician practice.
Acceptable topics include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Drug distribution
  • Managed health care
  • Therapeutic issues
  • Communications
  • Pharmacy operations
  • Calculations
  • Drug repackaging
  • Inventory control
  • Drug products
  • Patient interaction
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Prescription compounding
  • Pharmacy law (at least one hour required)
  • Preparation of sterile products
If the CE provider is accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the ACPE program number also should be included. ACPE accreditation of the program provider is not mandatory to receive continuing education credit.