Individuals seeking certification with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board must receive passing scores on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, or PTCE, and meet the PTCB's other eligibility requirements. The PTCB requires that applicants hold a high school diploma or equivalent and disclose any past criminal actions.
Pearson VUE testing centers offer the PTCE throughout the United States. The computerized exam follows a multiple-choice format and takes two hours to complete. The exam tests applicants on their knowledge of various topics relevant to the job, such as pharmacology, medication safety, medication order entry and pharmacy billing. Other topics covered on the exam include inventory management, sterile and nonsterile compounding, information systems, and pharmacy laws and regulations.
The PTCB offers the PTCE practice test on its website. The board states that performance on the practice exam does not necessarily predict one's performance on the real test. The purpose of the practice test is to help test-takers become familiar with the layout and content prior to their test dates.
After successful completion of the PTCE and other certification requirements, individuals must report any felonies on their records, any State Board of Pharmacy actions taken against them, or any drug-related violations they commit. The PTCB reserves the right to revoke certification privileges and considers each case individually.