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Continuing Education for ExCPT Certified Pharmacy Technicians

Continuing education is necessary to maintain a high level of knowledge and skill in pharmacy practice. During the two-year period prior to recertification, certified pharmacy technicians must participate in at least 20 hours of continuing education (CE), including at least one hour of pharmacy law. Additional CE credits earned cannot be carried over to the next recertification period.


Acceptable Pharmacy Technician CE Topics

To be approved, CE credit must be related to pharmacy technician practice and must include at least one hour of pharmacy law per two-year certification period. NHA reserves the right to reject credits not deemed applicable to pharmacy technician practice.

Acceptable topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Drug distribution
  • Managed health care
  • Therapeutic issues
  • Communications
  • Pharmacy operations
  • Calculations
  • Drug repackaging
  • Inventory control
  • Drug products
  • Patient interaction
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Prescription compounding
  • Pharmacy law (at least one hour required)
  • Preparation of sterile products

Certificates of Participation

Certificates of Participation must be obtained for each CE program. This certificate must include the following:

  • Participant's name
  • Date of the program
  • Name of the sponsor*
  • Program title and number of contact hours
  • Signature of a person responsible for the program

If the CE provider is accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the ACPE program number also should be included. ACPE accreditation of the program provider is not mandatory to receive continuing education credit.

*Note: ACPE accredits CE providers; it is not a CE provider and should not be listed as the name of the sponsor. 

Continuing Education Form

The ExCPT Continuing Education Form can be used to document your completion of in-service training programs or projects.

In-service training programs may be one of the following:

  • CE programs for which you do not have a Certificate of Participation
  • Other training or projects completed under the supervision of a pharmacist in which you developed new knowledge or skills to improve your abilities as a pharmacy technician

Your supervising pharmacist must complete and sign the ExCPT Continuing Education Form for you to receive credit. A maximum of 10 hours of CE is allowed using the ExCPT Continuing Education Form.

College Courses

Any college course in mathematics, life sciences or pharmaceutical sciences will be accepted. Applicable college courses with a grade of "C" or better also are eligible for CE credit at the rate of 15 CE hours for each 3 credit-hour course offered on a semester basis (i.e., three hours a week for 15 weeks). Courses offered on a quarterly basis will be credited for 15 hours for a 4 credit-hour course (i.e., four hours per week for approximately 11 weeks). The maximum number of CE credits earned through college courses during a two-year period is 15. A college transcript is an acceptable Certificate of Participation.

Continuing Education Providers

There are many ways to complete your continuing education requirements for recertification. CE programs offered by national and state pharmacy associations and pharmacy technician associations will generally be acceptable if related to pharmacy technician practice. We recommend CE courses offered by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association.

For NACDS programs, go to: http://nacds.rxschool.com.

For NCPA programs, go to http://www.ncpanet.org/index.php/ce

CE programs are also available from other national and state pharmacy associations and private providers such as Powerpak and Pharmacy Technician's Letter.

All of the following are acceptable:

  • live presentations
  • Internet courses
  • correspondence courses
  • workshops
  • in-service training programs
  • computer-assisted instruction
  • journal articles with a CE test
  • audio or video recordings with a CE test

Audits

Certified Pharmacy Technicians are randomly selected for an audit of continuing education credits. If you are notified that you were randomly selected for audit, you will need to list all continuing education hours on the audit application (that will be sent to you) and send photocopies of the continuing education Certificates of Participation and/or the ExCPT Continuing Education Form(s). ExCPT does not charge certificants a fee for being audited. Audit applications not completed correctly, however, will be returned and will require a $10 reapplication fee. We recommend that you keep copies of your continuing education Certificates of Participation for at least 1 year after your certification expiration date.