CPhT-Adv: Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician

If you want to take your career as a pharmacy technician to new heights, you will soon be able to earn advanced certification. The new CPhT-Adv certification shows that you are willing to put in the work to deepen your knowledge of patient safety requirements. 


The PTCB is launching this new certification to allow pharmacy technicians to practice at a higher level. It also allows them to show dedication to career development and increased patient safety. Completing this process shows that as a pharmacy technician, you are willing to continue learning for the benefit of your patients. 


This higher level of certification can earn you an increase in pay. It can also give you access to greater employment opportunities. The work you put into earning your advanced certification will pay off in the long run. 

Advanced Pharmacy Tech Certification Requirements

In order to earn your CPhT-Adv certification, you’ll have to complete skill-based assessments in four areas. These certificates require a diverse knowledge base. Gaining this knowledge will make you a more well-rounded technician. 


There are five certificates available but you will only need to earn four of them to reach advanced certification. The choice of programs are:


  • Technician Product Verification

  • Medication History

  • Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention 

  • Billing and Reimbursement

  • Hazardous Drug Management

You also need to be an active, certified PTCB pharmacy technician with at least three years of work experience. Each certification will also require you to complete PTCB-approved coursework. NPTA is currently developing high-quality programming to meet these requirements. 

Like your CPhT certification, you’ll need to meet certain continuing education requirements to maintain your CPhT-Adv certification. Our hours of ACPE-accredited CE programming gives you access to a wide range of opportunities to meet these requirements. You’ll also need to renew your CPhT-Adv certificate on a regular basis. 

Pharmacy Technician Product Verification Certificate

The Technician Product Verification Certificate shows a deeper knowledge of patient safety and best practices for avoiding dispensing errors. It involves having a better understanding of final verification processes. It also includes double-checking automated dispensing and the work of other technicians. 


A TPV certification shows that you have a high attention to detail. You’re committed to accuracy and being diligent about quality control. The exam includes ensuring that the number and type of medication being prescribed matches the label exactly. 


This test involves checking for errors on labels and requires a high level of attentiveness. The 120 question exam includes questions about calculating dosage and determining the amount of medication to dispense. It also includes verifying packaging is not damaged and expiration dates are current.


In order to qualify for the exam, you must be a current PTCB licensed technician. You also must complete a PTCB-Recognized Education or Training program or a state-board approved validation program. Our NPTA Technician Product Verification Program can give you the skills you need to pass this exam. 


Medication History Certification

A Medication History Certification allows you to take some of the responsibility for the patient safely off the plate of your pharmacist. By gathering accurate medication histories, you are able to prevent prescription errors. Your verification processes will prevent medication mistakes such as incorrect dosing and quantities. 


This certification is based on passing a 70-question multiple-choice exam. The one hour and twenty-minute test is computer-based and consists of the following:


  • 45% Concepts and Terminology of Medical History

  • 55% Patient Safety and Quality Assurance Strategies

There are two ways to earn eligibility to take the Medication History exam. You can gain twelve months of experience conducting patient Medication Histories. You can also qualify if you have six months of experience but complete a PTCB-recognized Medication History Education/Training like the course offered by the NPTA

Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention

Information coming soon.

Billing & Reimbursement

Information coming soon.

Hazardous Drug Management

Information coming soon.

Preparing for Your Certification Exams

No matter which four certifications you choose, our PTCB-required coursework will help you prepare for your exam. We will help you meet the requirements to qualify for the exam. With your member discount, you will have access to affordable preparation tools.