Who qualifies to take the PTCB exam?

PTCB credentials are designed for use exclusively in the United States and its territories (US). Therefore, PTCB exams are generally only administered in the US. Active members of the US military and their spouses are eligible to test anywhere in the world. Other applicants outside of the US are only eligible to take a PTCB exam at a US-based Pearson VUE test center if they meet specific criteria.

To be eligible to apply for PTCB CPhT Certification, an applicant must complete one of the following requirements: 

Pathway 1

PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program (or completion within 60 days) Pharm Tech EDU is 100% Approved

Pathway 2

Equivalent work experience as a pharmacy technician (min. 500 hours). This alternative path will serve experienced pharmacy technicians who were not in a position to attend a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program. Learn more.

In addition to completing a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program or equivalent work experience, applicants must also satisfy the following: 

  • Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions
  • Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies
  • Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)

PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program Verification

CPhT applicants who are within 60 days of completing a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program* will be eligible to take the PTCE. PTCB CPhT Certification will not be granted until proof of education/training completion is provided to PTCB. Examples of acceptable documentation include but are not limited to the following:


  • Certificate of completion indicating your name, the education/training program title, and completion date 
  • Letter from an education/training provider official on letterhead indicating your name, the education/training program title, and completion date 
  • Unofficial transcript or diploma

*Pharm Tech EDU is 100% Approved

Who qualifies to take the PTCB exam?

Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)

PTCB exam

Candidates are required to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) to earn the CPhT credential. The PTCE is a computer-based exam administered at Pearson VUE test centers nationwide. The exam is multiple-choice and contains 90 questions: 80 scored questions and 10 unscored questions. Each question lists four possible answers, only one of which is the correct or best answer. Unscored questions are not identified and are randomly distributed throughout the exam. A candidate’s exam score is based on the responses to the 80 scored questions. Be prepared to commit 2 hours for the exam (5-minute tutorial, 1 hour and 50-minute exam, and 5-minute post-exam survey).