Pharmacy Technician Certification Board issued the following announcement on May 5.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), the nation's leading certifying organization for pharmacy technicians, is pleased to introduce online proctored exam delivery for the first time in the organization's history as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Online delivery expands access to test taking for credential candidates by allowing them the option to take any PTCB exam from their own computer under the virtual supervision of a live proctor.
Online test delivery is available for all PTCB exams, including the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®) for candidates seeking to earn their Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential, the Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician® (CSPT®) Exam, and the Assessment-Based Certificate Exams in Technician Product Verification (TPV) and Medication History.
"During COVID-19, pharmacies across the nation depend on qualified pharmacy technicians as critically important members of the pharmacy team," said PTCB Executive Director and CEO William Schimmel. "PTCB's top priority continues to be the advancement of medication safety and patient care. Offering secure online delivery of our exams dramatically widens the availability of testing for these essential team members and protects the safety of candidates who are ready to earn credentials and continue their career journeys."
Technicians may choose the online delivery option during their initial test scheduling process. Those who already have in-person testing appointments may opt to cancel and switch to an online delivery appointment. Online exams have the same formats and completion times as exams taken at a test center.
Exams online are administered on a secure platform using face-comparison technology, ID verification, browser lockdown, recordings, and other security features. To take their exam online, candidates need a computer with a webcam, a reliable internet connection, and a quiet space where they can spend a few uninterrupted hours.
Find details on PTCB exam delivery during COVID-19 at ptcb.org/testing-during-covid19 and updates on PTCB's response to the pandemic at ptcb.org/covid19.
PTCB is proud to be the nation's leading pharmacy technician certifying body. PTCB holds medication safety paramount through rigorous programs to certify technicians qualified to support pharmacists and patient care teams in all practice settings. PTCB's Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program, offered since 1995, is fundamental across practice settings and is the foundation for all PTCB credentials for technicians choosing to advance their careers. PTCB also offers the Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician® (CSPT®) Certification Program, launched in 2017, and began introducing a series of Assessment-Based Certificate Programs in 2019, including Technician Product Verification (TPV) and Medication History. Founded in 1995, PTCB serves more than 288,000 active PTCB CPhTs and CSPTs, and many thousands within pharmacy technician stakeholder organizations. ptcb.org
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