What Is Needed for Pharmacy Technician CE?


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Pharmacy technicians are required to complete at least 20 hours of continuing education during their two-year recertification cycle, explains the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. The continuing education hours must be in a subject matter that is considered pharmacy technician specific.

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The PTCB also states that pharmacy technicians going through the recertification process must take at least one hour of pharmacy law and one hour of patient safety. Pharmacy technicians applying for reinstatement must complete two hours of pharmacy law plus one hour of patient safety. Continuing education hours must be completed on or before the expiration date for the pharmacy technician's certification.

The PTCB says it allows for up to five hours of continuing education to be earned through the completion of in-service projects. In addition, up to 15 hours may be earned through the completion of a relevant college course, provided the pharmacy technician earns a grade of C or above.

Pharmacy technicians are required to maintain records regarding continuing education hours earned during the two year recertification period. These records must be maintained for a minimum of one year after certification. Records can include a transcript or grade report from a college course or a certificate of participation from an in-service project, notes the PTCB.

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