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PTCB Reminder: Continuing education requirements for recertification are changing

from PTCB

Any continuing education hours earned by a Certified Pharmacy Technician on or after Jan. 1 will need to be in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter to count toward recertification. This new requirement will not apply to CE hours completed on or before Dec. 31, 2014. For example, if a CPhT is due to recertify in November 2015, he or she may have already completed some CE hours during 2013 or 2014, and plans to complete the remaining ones during 2015. PTCB will accept any CE hours completed before Dec. 31 that are pharmacy-related and acceptable under PTCB's current recertification policy. PTCB will not accept CE programs completed in 2015 or later that are not pharmacy technician-specific.

In addition to this change, beginning in 2015, PTCB will reduce the number of allowable CE hours earned through in-service training from 10 to five. The updated requirements are part of a set of Certification Program changes announced by PTCB in early 2013 to advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB’s standards for certification and recertification. The revised requirements are meant to ensure that CPhTs are continually educated through programs that are specific to the demands placed on CPhTs in today's pharmacy settings.

View the fact sheet for CPhTs on CE requirement changes in 2015. more

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