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The National Pharmacy Technician Training Program ("Training Program") is a printed manual designed to help you meet the requirements for training and registration as a pharmacy technician. It is also an excellent way to help you organize your education as a pharmacy technician.

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The purpose of recertification is to promote high standards of practice for pharmacy technicians, to encourage their participation in continuing education in order to promote safe and effective patient care. Recertification also provides a means for recognizing pharmacy technicians who continue to demonstrate their qualifications by complying with ICPT continuing education requirements and adhering to high professional standards.

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Pharmacy technician certification must be renewed every two years. If you have not recertified within the 90-day grace period following the expiration date on your certificate, you are no longer certified. You may, however, be eligible to have your recertification status reinstated if you do so within 18 months of the expiration date. Reinstated certification will expire on the same date that it would have expired had you recertified on time - there is no extension of the expiration date.

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ExCPT is now a part of the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), an ATI Company.  We offer training and education materials, study aides, and practice exams to prepare pharmacy technicians for the national certification exam, the ExCPT.  Technicians who take and pass the ExCPT are granted the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), demonstrating that they possess the ability and skills to efficiently assist pharmacists in the safe and accurate preparation and dispensing of medications.

Registering for the ExCPT exam is easy.

  • You can register 1-2 days in advance, not 6-8 weeks!
  • Results are received immediately
  • Affordable and reliable
  • Standardized and psychometrically sound

Continuing Education

Continuing education is necessary to maintain a high level of knowledge and skills 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.


The following websites are provided only as resources to certified pharmacy technicians seeking sources of CE credits.  These were collected and provided as a service by the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians, however technicians may utilize any acceptable source for CE credits.