The current high school diploma requirement is being replaced. Starting in the new year, CPhT applicants will be considered eligible for the PTCE after fulfilling an education/training program or equivalent work experience.3
Most likely, new candidates will choose to take the training program path to become eligible. The education programs that are recognized by PTCB will include areas of study that are focused on the newly updated PTCE content. Those who are enrolled in non-recognized programs will not be eligible to take the PTCE after New Year’s Day, unless they can qualify through the work experience option.3
For veteran technicians, who have not previously completed a recognized education program, being able to use their work experience makes it easier to fulfill their requirements. Starting in 2020, techs will need a minimum of 500 hours and attest to specified knowledge to pursue a certification.1
The updates were a result of PTCB’s 2016 Job Analysis that involved 40,000 technicians from across the nation. So, it’s clear that PTCB values industry-specific knowledge over general high school education. From a staffing and training perspective, instead of hoping someone can learn how your pharmacy works, you now know they have the necessary skills before they even walk in the door.