Continuing Education Requirements 

Certified pharmacy technicians are required to complete continuing education to renew their certification.  Continuing education ensures that certified pharmacy technicians stay current on the latest research and developments in pharmacy practice. Learning about new treatments and medications helps you stay current as a pharmacy technician. We make staying in compliance for your two-year renewal easy with our convenient learning options. NPTA offers a wide range of ACPE-accredited CE courses for our members to keep their CPhT certification up to date. 

 

PTCB CE Requirements


The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) CPhT certification is valid for two years. During this time, you can work towards the continuing education requirements needed for renewal. Below are the continuing education requirements to renew PTCB CPhT certification:


  • A minimum of 20 hours of continuing education, which must include:

    • One hour of pharmacy law CE

    • One hour of patient safety CE

  • These must be pharmacy-technician specific and offered by ACPE-accredited, or approved, providers.


After you’ve completed these requirements, renewal should be quick and easy, as PTCB connects directly with CPE Monitor. Applications can be submitted 60 days prior to your certificate’s expiration date. 

NHA CE Requirements

The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) CPhT certification is also valid for two years. Below are the continuing education requirements to renew NHA CPhT certification:

 


  • A minimum of 20 hours of continuing education which must include:

    • One hour of pharmacy law CE

    • One hour of patient safety CE


You must log your CE hours into the portal on their website for tracking. NPTA provides statements of credit for each continuing education course you complete with NPTA, so you can easily upload your proof of participation.

State Board of Pharmacy CE Requirements

Continuing education requirements vary by state. It’s important to be aware of the number of hours needed in the state you plan to practice within. Individual State Boards of Pharmacy dictate the details and requirements in your specific state. 

Meeting Your Continuing Education Requirements

Being a NPTA CE+ or NPTA Elite member gives you access to free pharmacy technician continuing education programs.This makes it affordable and convenient to earn your continuing education credits. 


From our webinars to online CE courses, you’ll be able to complete your CE on your own time and from the comfort of your home.