3 Reasons You’d be Crazy NOT to Certify
IT GIVES YOU THE TITLE!
When you pass a national certification exam, you earn your CPhT credential. Employers recognize that CPhT technicians are nationally certified pharmacy technicians, and in their mind those four letters mean they will be getting a knowledgeable pharmacy technician as an employee.
IT IS REQUIRED!
In many states becoming nationally certified is a requirement of becoming licensed as a pharmacy technician. As time goes on, more and more states are requiring national certified technicians. Even if your state doesn’t require it now, you will be one step ahead of the game if you’ve already passed a national certification exam and they change their policy in the future.
In addition, if you ever move to a new state, you will need to comply with their regulations. Every state has different requirements, and it’s always a good idea to be prepared just in case there’s a planned or unplanned move in your future.
IT SETS YOU APART FOR A JOB!
If there are two candidates applying for the same job and one has their CPhT and one doesn’t, the employer will most likely choose the candidate with the CPhT certification. If you want to stand out as one that is knowledgeable in your field of study, get certified!
The Career Step program is designed to prepare you to pass the PTCB exam and thus become CPhT certified. We recommend taking the PTCB exam shortly after passing the Career Step final exam while the information you just learned is still fresh in your mind.
Eligibility Requirements for PTCB Certification:
- High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma).
- Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions.
- Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies.
- Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
For more information on the PTCB exam, visit the PTCB website: http://ptcb.org/