Anyone who works as a technician in a pharmacy must be highly skilled and up to date on all the many innovations and changes in the industry. Those wishing to hire a pharmacy technician are likely to be most interested in hiring someone who possesses a high level of qualifications. Anyone who presents an accredited certification in the field demonstrates that they are capable of proving a high level of knowledge, professionalism, and skill.
Certifications of this nature are acquired after the completion of a reputable program and the passing of a comprehensive examination. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is one entity that accredits many pharmacy technician certification Program. Enrolling in one of these programs is usually the first step in moving towards full certification.
Following the completion of such a program, students can then sign up for the ExCPT Pharmacy Exam. The exam itself is administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Once the exam has been passed, the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) is awarded along with the accompanying professional certification.
In order to sign up for the exam, there are certain eligibility criteria that must be met. For one, all candidates must have a high school diploma or a GED. Candidates must not have any felony convictions nor any misdemeanor convictions related to drugs or pharmacy laws. No one who has been suspended, denied, or revoked any license from the State Board of Pharmacy will be eligible either. Also ineligible are those who have admitted misconduct to the State Board of Pharmacy.
The examination itself is broken into three parts. Over two-thirds of the exam focus on questions related to assisting the pharmacist and helping patients. The remaining one-third of the questions focus on inventory and medication control systems and being knowledgeable about pharmacy administration and management. The exam is comprised solely of 90 multiple choice questions. Results of the exam are issued immediately after completion of the test. Those who fail the exam may retake the test up to three times.