Non-Sterile Compounding Certification Course

Even once you become a certified pharmacy technician, there are many opportunities for further certifications and training that will advance your career and give you a leg up, providing job opportunities and salary boosts. Our non-sterile compounding certification course is among them.

Becoming a compounding certified technician will give you a competitive advantage as a pharmacy tech while providing you with the opportunity to expand your skills to make your daily tasks even more interesting.

A Quick Overview of Our Course

Our non-sterile compounding certification course, previously called the compounding certification course, is ACPE-accredited. Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education accreditation commands a high level of respect and ensures that your future employers accept your training. It also helps ensure that the course will count toward prerequisites for any future training you choose to pursue.

This course can appeal to those in a range of pharmacy-related positions, including certified pharmacy technicians, pharmacy technician students, pharmacy technicians, and even pharmacists. There are no major prerequisites for this course, which allows it to attract those of all experience levels, including certified and non-certified pharmacy technicians. It is particularly popular among those who already have some experience as a CPhT and want to increase their marketable skills.

Some pharmacy technicians use it as part of their continuing education requirements, while others take the course to increase their skills.

As the focus of this course is on non-sterile compounding, it involves the creation of medicine while in a clean environment. To contrast with sterile compounding, the environment does not have to be free from microorganisms. Non-sterile compounding is typically used for medications that are applied topically or taken orally, due to the reduced risk of infection compared to medicines that are put in the eyes or injected, which typically require compounding in a sterile environment.

Course Structure

To ensure that you gain the necessary knowledge and skills during our course, it combines didactic learning with hands-on training and skill validation. You begin by completing 10 modules of home-based learning. Each module features reading assignments, along with comprehensive exams. You must receive at least 70 percent on each of the exams.

After you finish the at-home study modules, your training continues at our Pharmaceutical Compounding Training Institute, which is in our NPTA Training Institute in Houston. This covers two days. During the hands-on training, you will receive lunch and snacks, and we will provide the lab equipment and supplies.

Throughout the course, we use the textbook “Compounding” by Mike Johnston.


Topics Covered

Our non-sterile compounding certification course is designed to cover all of the information you will need for this skill as a pharmacy technician, including USP 795. The at-home modules begin with an introduction to compounding and compounding practices and considerations.

Other topics include quality assurance and record keeping; facilities, equipment, and supplies; capsules, tablets, and powders; solutions, suspensions, and emulsions; lozenges, troches, sticks, and suppositories; ointments, creams, pastes, and gels; ophthalmic, otic, and nasal preparations; veterinary compounding; and medication flavoring.

During your hands-on training, you will gain experience with capsules, creams, gelatin troches, carbomer gels, lip balms, PEG troches, PLO gels, medicated lollipops, solutions, suspensions, tablet triturates, suppositories, coloring and flavoring, record keeping, and quality assurance methods.

After the Course

Upon completion of our non-sterile compounding course, you will receive an Official Certificate of Validated Training. You will also receive a statement of your CE (continuing education) credit. The course CPE credits count as 40 contact hours and 4 CEU.

All of our courses have ACPE accreditation. As such, you should have no problem applying the credits toward your continuing education requirements for renewing your CPhT certification.

The accreditation of our course also prevents potential problems with your employer, as they will recognize that the course provided you with the necessary skills and knowledge.

Every CPhT chooses to take a slightly different path following completion of our non-sterile compounding certification course. Some focus on maintaining their new skills and enjoy the ability to expand their skillset and, therefore, responsibilities, salary, and value as an employee.

Others use this course as part of their continuing education to prepare for an eventual transition to a supervisory role or to become a pharmacist. Many pharmacy technicians choose to supplement this course with our other courses, such as the sterile compounding certification course and the hazardous compounding certification course. By completing all three, you can ensure that your skills are well-rounded.

Learn more about our non-sterile compounding certification course and register for it to take your career as a CPhT to the next level.