Pharmacy Technician Education & Certification Course

1. What are the names of the tests?

Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE)
Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT)

2. Who puts on these examinations?

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
1100 15th St., NW Suite 730
Washington, DC 20005-1707
Phone: 800-363-8012
Fax: 202-429-7596

Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT)
2536 S Old Hwy 94
Suite 214
St. Charles, Mo 63303
Phone: 314-422-6775
Fax: 866-203-9213

3. Do you have to be a college graduate in order to sit for these exams?

No college or any other technical training is required to take these tests, but you must have a high school diploma or GED. ICPT specifies that you must be at least 18 years old to take ExCPT.

4. Are there any other restrictions as to who can take this test?

Yes. You are not eligible to sit for the PTCE if you were convicted of any felony that occurred within the last 5 years. If the conviction was drug or pharmacy-related even prior to 5 years, you are not eligible for the PTCE.
ICPT says you can never have been convicted of a felony for the ExCPT exam.

5. How do you apply to take this test?

For PTCE - apply online by visiting
For ExCPT - call 1-800-211-2754

6. How much does it cost to take these tests?

PTCE - $129.00
ExCPT - $95

7. What kind of test is this?

The PTCE is a computer-based exam. You are given 2 hours to complete 100 questions.
The ExCPT is a computer-based exam. You will have 2 hours to answer 110 multiple-choice questions.

8. How long is certification good for?

Recertification is required every 2 years for both PTCB and ICPT. During this time you must complete 20 hours of continuing education, with at least 1 hour in pharmacy law.

No, in fact a Pharmacy Technician Certificate may very well help you get a good paying pharmacy tech job!

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