Pharmacy technicians can obtain PTCB recertification by first applying for the certification online through their PTCB account. They must then submit proof of continuing education classes, which are then reviewed by PTCB. A $40 application fee is also required, as of March 2015.
Certified pharmacy technicians must apply for their recertification at least 30 days prior to their certification expiration date. They can apply for recertification through PTCB within 100 days of the certification expiration date. However, the PTCB does accept applications for recertification up to the actual expiration date, but there is no guarantee that the recertification is processed before the certification is expired. Pharmacy technicians who fail to recertify by midnight on the date of their certification expiration are then considered no longer certified and cannot use the certified pharmacy technician designation. They then have one year to apply for reinstatement.
The PTCB allows pharmacy technicians to print their certification renewal at no charge by selecting the Certification Management tab. Fine paper certificates can also be ordered for a charge of $25. This also includes a wallet sized certification card. These certificates can be ordered online, and they generally arrive via mail within four to six weeks of the order date.