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PTCB Adds New Patient Safety CE Requirement for Recertification

PTCB has announced that certified pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) eligible to recertify are now required to complete one (1) hour of continuing education (CE) in patient safety, in addition to the already required hour of law CE, as part of the 20 hours of CE needed for recertification. The new requirement is one of the planned Certification Program changes PTCB announced early last year to advance CPhT qualifications.

PTCB has adopted the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) definition of patient safety described in the ACPE Policy and Procedures Manual. While PTCB-acceptable patient safety CE courses must be based on ACPE's patient safety (topic 05) definition, PTCB will not require CE hours to be earned only from ACPE-accredited providers. All CPhTs applying to renew certification must fulfill ht new patient safety CE requirement.

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The Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners Advisory Group on Pharmacy Technicians and Support Services is pleased to announce the launch of  a new Connect community and a web-based resource center for Pharmacy Technicians. Both of these resources are designed for pharmacy technicians and those interested in advancing pharmacy technician roles to support successful pharmacy practice models.

The Pharmacy Technicians Connect community is a platform for individuals to discuss professional issues such as advanced technicians practice roles, improvements in workflow or operations, and new and evolving roles for pharmacy technicians. Connect offers pharmacy technicians the unique opportunity to obtain perspectives from colleagues from across the county. It is an open community; therefore, anyone may join and observe/participate in the virtual discussions.

The Pharmacy Technicians Resource Center provides information and resources for pharmacy technicians, and features case studies that support the goals of PPMI and demonstrate critical roles for pharmacy technicians, ASHP Statements, innovative roles for pharmacy technicians, information on technician training and education, professional resources for career advancement, and more. It also features ASHP's many products and services for technicians.

These new resources will be promoted to members, including technician members, later this month. The launch of these new services also supports the recommendation by the ASHP Task Force on Organizational Structure to advance pharmacy technician roles to support successful practice models and to increase pharmacy technician services and engagement within ASHP. Thank you to everyone involved and please help us to spread the word about these unique resources!


Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) develops, maintains, promotes and administers a high-quality certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians. The PTCB provides first-rate programs and services that offer pharmacy technicians an opportunity to demonstrate that they have mastered knowledge and skills across practice settings. Through the PTCB program, pharmacy technicians are able to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer better patient care and service.The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) supports the national credentialing of pharmacy technicians across practice settings. By demonstrating mastery of knowledge and skills through the PTCB certification, pharmacy technicians are able to work more effectively with pharmacists.


PTCB Certification 
Certification is the process by which a non-governmental association or agency grants recognition to an individual who has met certain predetermined qualifications specified by that association or agency. The goal of PTCB's certification program is to enable pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer greater patient care and service. PTCB is responsible for the development and implementation of policies related to national certification for pharmacy technicians. There are two parts to being a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). First, pharmacy technicians must sit for and pass the national PTCE. Once a pharmacy technician has passed the exam, he or she may use the designation of CPhT. Second, to continue to hold certification, a CPhT is required to obtain twenty hours of continuing education for recertification within two years of original certification or previous recertification.

The purpose of recertification with PTCB is to enhance continued competence of certificants and all certificants must complete the recertification process in order to maintain their status as a CPhT. Recertification is the renewal of your PTCB certification. Once you obtain your PTCB certification you are required to recertify, or renew your certification, every two years. Twenty hours of continuing education (CE) must be obtained and a recertification application and fees must be submitted by your expiration date. You may submit either an online or paper recertification application. A $15 late fee will be assessed to your application if it is received after 12:00 midnight ES

T on your expiration date.Once PTCB has approved your recertification materials, you will receive a new wallet card and new PTCB certificate in approximately sixty days. Failure to successfully complete the recertification requirements will result in the loss of PTCB certification. There will be no exceptions or extensions to the postmark deadlines.To learn more about the PTCB Exam, to complete an application, or to find out how to get recertified,visit the PTCB website.


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