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.
Because of the rapid changes in health care, new drug treatments and technology, pharmacy technicians must keep up to date. Therefore, the Certification Governing Committee has determined that certification must be renewed every two years. 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. To recertify, technicians must use the ICPT Recertification Application Form, which is available on the ICPT website, and send it to ICPT along with full payment by the postmark deadline.
Applications may be filed by one of three ways:
1) Online Payment Option ($40.00):
Save $10.00 by completing and submitting the online recertification and payment forms.
Note: Upon completion of the online recertification form you will be directed to the online payment form.
2) Fax/Mail with Online Payment Option ($48.00):
Save $2.00 by completing faxing or mailing the recertification form (PDF). To complete the Fax/Mail option you must complete and submit the online payment form.
3) Mail Option ($50.00):
Complete and mail the recertification form (PDF) with a check/money order/credit card for $50.00. Credit Card payments must include the appropriate payment information (included on the form).
Mail Option Notes:
a) REVIEW the application for completeness prior to mailing.
b) Your application MUST be postmarked no later than your expiration date.
Applications not completed correctly will be returned and will require a $10 reapplication fee.
The recertification fee is $40 if processed online, $48 if faxed or mailed and payment submitted online and $50 if faxed or mailed. The fee may be paid by check, money order or credit card. Certified technicians will be allowed to recertify up to 90 days after expiration of their certification but cannot include CE credit earned during this grace period. After this 90-day grace period, technicians will lose their certification status. Certified technicians who fail to recertify on time may be able to have their certification reinstated within 18 months of their expiration date. Please see the following section on reinstatement. Checks returned for insufficient funds will be charged a $25 administrative fee.
C. Address Corrections and Name Changes
You will receive a new ICPT certificate by mail approximately 60 days after ICPT has received your recertification materials and approved your application. Name or address changes should be sent to ICPT so that we may send a recertification application approximately 60 days prior to the expiration date. It is the Certified Technician’s responsibility to apply for certification on time.
ICPT sends renewal notices as a courtesy; Certified Technicians are responsible for recertifying on time whether or not they receive a renewal notice. If your name has changed, you must notify ICPT. Please provide your full name, Social Security Number and appropriate documentation, such as a court order, marriage license, divorce decree, etc.
D. 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.
1. Acceptable Topics
To be approved, CE credit must be related to pharmacy technician practice and must include at least one hour of pharmacy law per two-year certification period. ICPT reserves the right to reject credits not deemed applicable to pharmacy technician practice.
Acceptable topics include, but are not limited to:
- drug distribution
- managed health care
- therapeutic issues
- pharmacy operations
- drug repackaging
- inventory control
- drug products
- patient interaction
- interpersonal skills
- prescription compounding
- pharmacy law (at least one hour required)
- preparation of sterile products
2. Certificates of Participation
Certificates of Participation must be obtained for each CE program. This certificate must include:
- participant’s name
- date of the program
- name of the sponsor*
- program title
- number of contact hours
- signature of a person responsible for the program
If the continuing education provider is accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the ACPE program number should also be included. ACPE accreditation of the program provider is not mandatory to receive continuing education credit.
*Note: ACPE accredits CE providers; it is not a CE provider and should not be listed as the name of the sponsor.
It is necessary that you retain your continuing education Certificates of Participation during your two-year certification period plus one more year following your recertification application. Send photocopies of your Certificates of Participation to ICPT only if requested as part of an audit.
3. ExCPT Continuing Education Form
The ExCPT Continuing Education Form can be used to document your completion of in-service training programs or projects.
In-service training programs may be:
- CE programs for which you do not have a Certificate of Participation,
- other training or projects completed under the supervision of a pharmacist in which you developed new knowledge or skills to improve your abilities as a pharmacy technician.
Your supervising pharmacist must complete and sign the ExCPT Continuing Education Form for you to receive credit. A maximum of 10 hours of CE is allowed using the ExCPT Continuing Education Form.
4. College Courses
Any college course in mathematics, life sciences or pharmaceutical sciences will also be accepted. Applicable college courses with a grade of “C” or better will also be eligible for CE credit at the rate of 15 CE hours for each a 3 credit-hour course offered on a semester basis (i.e., three hours a week for 15 weeks). Courses offered on a quarter basis will be credited for 15 hours for a 4 credit-hour course (i.e., four hours per week for approximately 11 weeks). The maximum number of CE credits earned through college courses during a two-year period is 15. A college transcript is considered as the Certificate of Participation.
5. Continuing Education Providers
There are many ways to complete your continuing education requirements for recertification. CE programs offered by national and state pharmacy associations and pharmacy technician associations will generally be acceptable if related to pharmacy technician practice. ICPT recommends CE courses offered by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association.
For NCPA programs, go to https://ncpa.org/.
All of the following are acceptable:
- live presentations
- Internet courses
- correspondence courses
- in-service training programs
- computer-assisted instruction
- journal articles with a CE test
- audio or video recordings with a CE test
Certified Pharmacy Technicians are randomly selected for an audit of continuing education credits at the discretion of ICPT. If you are notified that you were randomly selected for audit, you will need to list all continuing education hours on the audit application (that will be sent to you) and send photocopies of the continuing education Certificates of Participation and/or the ExCPT Continuing Education Form(s).
ExCPT does not charge certificants a fee for being audited. Audit applications not completed correctly, however, will be returned and will require a $10 reapplication fee. ICPT recommends that you keep copies of your continuing education Certificates of Participation for at least 1 year after your certification expiration date.