RECERTIFICATION: A Crucial Step for Continued Career Success
First and foremost, recertification is a requirement. If you do not recertify, then all of your education and hard work may need to be redone. How often do you have to recertify? Every two years! You will need to accept continuing education as a way of life and stay abreast of the latest information affecting pharmacy technicians.
There are many ways you can get your CE hours. You can read pharmacy journals and newsletters or attend workshops or professional meetings. You must earn 20 hours of credit in pharmacy-related subject matter with at least 1 hour of that 20 in pharmacy law. The following topics are considered pharmacy-related subject matter:
- Pharmaceutical sciences
- Pharmacy law
- Pharmacology/drug therapy
(These are just a few examples.)
All CPhT candidates must complete the continuing education hours within the 2 year certification cycle, which needs to be completed on or before your expiration date. You will be notified of the need to recertify 60 days before your certification lapses. Continuing education courses should award you certificates of participation.
It’s Easy (…if you plan for it)!
You must maintain your own records of the continuing education hours you earn for recertification in case of an audit. You must retain these records for at least one year after the certification cycle ends. I keep my information in a folder where it’s easy to find and reference.
Recertification is easy if you plan for it. Do not wait until the last minute to try and get your hours. Plan ahead, and you will have it done and out of the way in no time. I do a lot of my CEs online where I can listen to a live webinar and take a brief survey afterwards. Don’t forget to recertify because it is REQUIRED!
For more information on the PTCB exam and recertification requirements, visit the PTCB website.