Approximately every five years, PTCB conducts a Job Analysis Study. This study is based on a first-hand survey of the current roles and tasks performed by pharmacy technicians in every practice setting across the United States. The results of the survey are then used to construct a new blueprint, or content outline, for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)


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Today, PTCB launches the C.R.E.S.T. Initiative Survey to collect feedback from the pharmacy profession on recommended changes to the PTCB Certification Program. Recommendations include the creation of specialty pharmacy technician exams and additional requirements for PTCB Certification, such as requiring a minimum period of practical experience, criminal background checks, and completion of an accredited education program.    "Changes to the PTCB Certification Program have potential to impact hundreds of thousands of pharmacy technicians nationwide. Candidate eligibility requirements have remained largely unchanged since the organization's founding in 1995," said Megan Sheahan, PharmD, PTCB Director of Professional Affairs.   The survey's launch is part of the C.R.E.S.T. Initiative, which began in 2011 with a summit focused on the areas of Consumer Awareness, Resources, Education, State Policy, and Testing relating to pharmacy technicians. Summit participants, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, educators, employers, and State Boards of Pharmacy, expressed the need for the profession to make decisions on the future of pharmacy technicians. This sentiment, coupled with results from a survey completed by 12,000 individuals prior to the summit, led to the recommendations.   "This is an opportunity for individuals to share insight on important issues within the pharmacy profession," said Sheahan. "We encourage all members of the health care team to participate in this survey."
Pharmacy Technicians Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in dispensing medications and are accountable to the supervising pharmacist who is legally responsible for the care and safety of patients served by the pharmacy.  PTCB develops, maintains, promotes, and administers a nationally accredited certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians to enable the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety.
Certification and the expansion of responsibilities have empowered pharmacy technicians to practice in ground-breaking areas within the federal pharmacy system. The incorporation of certification requirements within the military parallels certification standards within the private sector and demonstrates federal pharmacy's commitment to improving patient safety and rewarding pharmacy technicians through increased pay and new career opportunities.

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With the American economy experiencing a down-turn, it makes sense for you to embark on a career path to advancing opportunity. With the population growing older, the need for health care professionals - and pharmacy technicians specifically - will continue to grow. For a nominal cost, you can insure your family's future, in spite of our worsening economy!

Remember - Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2021. That means you may have excellent job opportunities open to you upon completion of your training.
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Certified Pharmacy Technicians are needed nationwide, and you can help fill that need, while enjoying the professional satisfaction that accompanies helping others.

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This is your opportunity to begin your trek toward a new and exciting career in pharmacy; a career that will be both recession-resistant and professionally rewarding. Since 2004, ASOPP's online program has enabled countless people nationwide to successfully sit for their Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam, and begin practicing as certified pharmacy technicians (CPhT).

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1) Complete the program and receive your diploma from the American Society of Pharmacy Practitioners by enrolling here. When you have completed this, go to step 2:

2) Apply to sit for the PTCB Exam by going to After submitting your application, you will receive notification from the PTCB that your application has been received.

3) When you have received confirmation, you will follow the instructions found in the email from the PTCB. This email will direct you to the next step:

4) Go to to in order to schedule your exam at a VUE Testing site closest to your home.

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PTCB's pharmacy technician certification program enables technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. Certification is achieved by meeting specific eligibility requirements and earning a passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). The PTCB certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).  The PTCE assesses candidates' competence to perform the work of a pharmacy technician. The development of the PTCE and all related policies and procedures are directed by a council of expert pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that represents a diverse range of practice settings and geographical areas. To date, over 400,000 technicians have been certified nationwide through the PTCE. Candidates apply online to take the PTCE. The cost is $129. Exams are delivered year-round in over 220 Pearson VUE test centers.      Content & Format PTCE content was developed by experts in pharmacy technician practice based on a nationwide practice analysis study. The PTCE assesses knowledge critical to pharmacy technician practice in the following areas:  Assisting the Pharmacist in Serving Patients  (66% of exam) Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control Systems  (22% of exam) Participating in the Administration and Management of Pharmacy Practice  (12% of exam)  The PTCE contains 90 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 110 minutes (one hour and 50 minutes). Ten of the 90 questions do not count toward candidates' scores. These 10 are generally new questions being piloted for possible inclusion on future versions of the PTCE. Candidates will not know which questions are unscored and are therefore encouraged to try their best and answer all questions. There is no penalty for guessing. A five minute tutorial will precede the start of the exam and a five minute exit survey will follow the exam, bringing the total test appointment to 120 minutes (two hours).

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