I just took my exam. When will I get my certificate?

Certificates are mailed within 4 weeks. However, a candidate receives the results immediately upon completion of the exam via a printout. The printout can be used at your pharmacy until the certificate comes in the mail.

Do I need to do anything else to be registered as a certified technician in my state?

Requirements for technician education, registration, licensing and certification vary by state. You may check the state-by-state requirements posted on www.nationaltechexam.org for more information or contact the State Board of Pharmacy for your state. A list of State Boards of pharmacy is also on our website at www.nationaltechexam.org.

Is the ExCPT exam accepted in my state?

Requirements for technician education, registration, licensing and certification vary by state. You may check the state-by-state requirements for more information or contact the State Board of Pharmacy for your state. A list of State Boards of pharmacy is also on our website at www.nationaltechexam.org.

Where can I take the ExCPT exam?

Available sites can also be located by visiting https://candidate.psiexams.com/ and clicking on “Locate A Test Center.” Next, type in your zip code and click on “Find Testing Center.” Then, call 1-800-218-2647 to register for the ExCPT.

When do I get my test results?

Immediately upon completion of the exam.

How many times can I take the exam if I do not pass the first time?

You must wait a month before taking the exam a subsequent time. You may take it as many times as needed. A fee is required for each exam session.

I am licensed through October and I think I need to recertify. What do I need to do?

You must complete a recertification form and send the appropriate renewal fee. To recertify you can download an application form or complete the online application process (online version coming early August). Please note that recertifications are subject to random audit and review. Please keep your documentation of continuing education and recertification in order. Information on recertification is located our website.

Can I recertify online?

Yes, you can recertify online, and, receive a discount. Just click on the Recertification link on our home page and select Online Application and Payment. If you prefer mail, you will find a form you can download and send to ICPT with payment.

I think my certification is lapsed. Do I need to take the test again?

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.
To reinstate your certification status, you must complete at least 20 hours of continuing education (CE), including at least one hour of pharmacy law. All CE requirements are the same as for recertification. Applications not completed correctly will be returned and will require an additional $10 reapplication fee.
Reinstatement is not available in the following circumstances:
 
(1) certification has expired for more than 18 months,
(2) certification has been revoked, or
(3) the pharmacy technicians has been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony.
 
If recertification has lapsed more than 18 months, you must retake the ExCPT.

What is covered in the tech training manual?

The National Pharmacy Technician Training Program covers a variety of topics included on the exam such as duties of a technician, controlled substances, federal laws and regulations, drug classification, the top 200 most prescribed medications, medical terminology, dispensing process, calculations, repackaging, sterile product preparation and aseptic technique. A complete blueprint of the exam topics can be found in the Candidate’s Guide.

How much does the manual cost?

The cost of the The National Pharmacy Technician Training Program is $61 (which includes $9 shipping) for every state.