Milestone reflects pharmacy assistants’ commitment to medication safety by pursuing advanced certification through the profession’s most trusted certification organization
WASHINGTON, Aug 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), the nation’s first and only nonprofit pharmacy assistant organization, today announced that more than 1,000 pharmacy technicians have earned their Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician™ (CPhT-Adv™) certification achieved since the launch of the program at the end of 2020.
This advanced certification is the first of its kind in the industry and recognizes experienced technicians who take on extensive responsibilities as critical pharmacy team members. PTCB established the program to support work in pharmacies and in response to feedback from certified technicians seeking further career opportunities.
Results of PTCBs Pharmacy Technician Workforce Survey 2022 show that 60 percent of PTCB-certified technicians view the profession as their career — 14 percent more than uncertified technicians.
“We listened to our pharmacy technicians and the community at large as we designed this program to assess, recognize and retain the profession’s most valuable technicians who are long-term in their careers,” said PTCB Executive Director and CEO William Schimmel. “PTCB’s CPhT-Adv credential keeps certified technicians at the forefront of patient safety and provides new enrichment opportunities needed to support and retain this vital workforce, which has made the global COVID-19 pandemic more urgent than ever.”
Eighty-two percent of the more than 20,000 pharmacy technicians who responded to the staff survey acknowledge that their work has a greater impact on patient care than it was before the pandemic. As the role of pharmacy technicians in a patient care team has expanded, the CPhT-Adv certificate provides these dedicated technicians with opportunities to advance their knowledge in specialized areas, pursue advanced career paths, and demonstrate their commitment to patient and medication safety.
“I’ve felt a sense of accomplishment getting the CPhT-Adv credential,” said Kimerly MetcalfCPhT-Adv, an Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician working at a CVS pharmacy at a Target store in Cedar Falls, Iowa. “I believe that with every PTCB certificate I study and pass, I gain knowledge that will enable me to advance my skills in the pharmaceutical field.”
In addition to professional experience, CPhTs must complete at least four of PTCB’s special assessment-based certificate programs or three certificate programs plus PTCB’s Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT) certification to earn the advanced credential. They are also required to complete continuing education and renew regularly to maintain active status.
“A thousand CPhTs-Adv in less than two years is an important milestone,” says Schimmel. “It reflects technicians’ commitment to their careers and the care of their patients – and demonstrates their confidence in PTCB to help them move forward.”
For more information, visit PTCB.org.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is the nation’s first, most trusted, and only non-profit organization for pharmacy technician certification. Based on the guiding principle that pharmacy technicians play a critical role in advancing medication and patient safety, PTCB has established the universal standard of excellence for those who support patient care teams by offering the industry’s most recognized credentials, including the PTCB certification for certified pharmacy technicians (CPhT).
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