The Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) grants successful test takers the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) title.
Before a candidate can sit for the PTCE, they must first meet the eligibility requirements set by the PTCB.
* Candidates need at least a high school diploma or equivalent.
* Candidate cannot have any felony.
* Candidate cannot have a drug related charge.
* Candidate must not have any denial or other act against them from the state licensing board.
The PTCB costs $129 to register. The full amount is due at the time of application. The PTCB is available all year long at computer-based testing centers. The testing centers provide convenient locations throughout the US. Candidates can expect to arrive to the testing center at least a half hour early on the day of the exam. Candidates should bring two forms of photo identification and be prepared to take the exam at the announced starting time.
The PTCB contains 90 multiple choice questions, which candidates will need to answer in a two hour time window. Ten of the 90 questions will be used to further develop test material.
The material in the PTCB revolves around three key areas:
* How to assist a pharmacist with patients
* Maintaining medication and inventory control
* Participating in administration and management of the pharmacy
Once the test has been completed, candidates will receive a “Pass” or “Fail” message on their computer screen. Within a few weeks, the final scores will be mailed to the candidate indicating approval or denial.
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