New Recertification Deadlines Take Effect for Active PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians

New Recertification Deadlines Take Effect for Active PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians

This is a reminder that effective January 2016, PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) has changed the recertification schedule for active PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs). All CPhTs are affected by the changes. Most active CPhTs have a new certification expiration date, while a small percentage are keeping the same expiration date. All are required to apply for recertification by the first day of their expiration month or they will be charged a late application processing fee of $25.

What's New

New Window:
The new ‘Recertification Window’ opens 60 days (reduced from 100 days) before a CPhT’s certification expiration date. For example, the recertification window opens on March 1 for CPhTs who have an April 30 certification expiration date.

View the new deadline chart for more examples. Applicants have 30 days to submit their application before a late application processing fee will be charged.  
New Deadline:
Applications must be submitted by the first day of the certification expiration month; this day is the ‘Application Deadline’ (previously the ‘Renew by Date’). A
 $25 late application processing fee is charged for applications submitted after Application Deadline.

New $25 Late Fee:
Applications submitted after the Application Deadline (the first day of the certification expiration month) will incur the $25 late fee.

During 2015, PTCB notified individual CPhTs by email of their new certification expiration date, their new Application Deadline, and information on the new recertification deadline schedule.

CPhTs may check their certification expiration dates by logging into their PTCB Account. This information is displayed on their individual account homepage and can also be viewed by printing an official certificate. They can quickly find out if their certification date has changed by visiting PTCB's web page, "What's
 my certification expiration date?".

Why is PTCB implementing the new recertification deadlines?
PTCB has added nine additional recertification deadlines for a total of 12 recertification deadlines per year. The increased number of recertification deadlines is more consistent with PTCB’s continuous nationwide testing and helps facilitate recertification application submission and processing. The change is designed to help reduce potential disruptions that could affect an individual’s employment or state registration. The new recertification deadlines are intended to improve the customer service experience and enhance the recertification process for CPhTs.

Read more and view the deadline chart.
Questions? Contact PTCB at [email protected].