PTCB Certification

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (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).

About the test:

To qualify for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and must give full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions. To apply for the exam, applicants must fill out the online application form and pay the $129 exam fee. Once approved, the exam can be scheduled at one of the 220 Pearson Professional Centers. The PTCB Candidate Guidebook is available online or practice exams are available for purchase for $29 each.

Test Structure

  1. Pharmacology for Technicians- (13.75% of exam)
  2. Pharmacy Law and Regulations- (12.50% of exam)
  3. Sterile and Non-sterile Compounding- (8.75% of exam)
  4. Medication Safety- (12.50% of exam)
  5. Pharmacy Quality Assurance- (7.50% of exam)
  6. Medication Order Entry and Fill Process- (17.50% of exam)
  7. Pharmacy Inventory Management- (8.75% of exam)
  8. Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement- (8.75% of exam)
  9. Pharmacy Information Systems Usage and Application- (10% of exam)
  • 90 multiple-choice questions
  • Time to Complete: 110 minutes (1 hour 50 minutes)
  • Passing scaled score: 1,400
  • Allowed 4 attempts