The Walgreen’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is a national certification program in the United States that provides certification and recertification programs to pharmacy technicians. The PTCB works to develop pharmacy technicians so that they work more effectively in giving their services to clients and in assisting licensed pharmacists and other health care providers. PTCB also maintains and administers national certification programs for pharmacy technicians that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)
For the most part, pharmacy technicians will find the significance of PTCB in providing for their certification and recertification. Through this certification, pharmacy technicians who passed the exam become Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT) and will be recognized to possess knowledge and skills that meets standard qualifications. It enables them to work more proficiently and like other certifications, it entails several benefits such as higher employment and higher salary rates. The certified pharmacy tech also portrays enriched self-worth, more knowledge and ability to provide safe and quality care, as well as increased job satisfaction.
PTCB has strict requirements concerning the eligibility of pharmacy techs to take the certification exam. Applicants must possess a high-school diploma, take and pass the General Education Development (GED) test or any foreign equivalent if not from the United States, have no previous felony records or history of drug-related convictions. These stern regulations were mandated to prevent the cases of drug abuse and misuse within the workers, as was the problem in the past. The applicant should not have any restrictions imposed by the State Board of Pharmacy.
The Walgreens Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) comprises of 90 multiple-choice questions and covers three basic knowledge functions: assisting the pharmacists in serving patients, maintaining medication and inventory control systems, and participating in the administration and management of pharmacy practice. The exam can be taken in written form as well as through online at more than 200 designated Pearson Professional Centers and internationally at Dantes Testing Centers.
The Pharmacy Technician Board was first established on January 1995. It is administered by the American Pharmacists Association (AphA), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and the Illinois Council of health-System Pharmacists (ICHP). To cater for its computer-based testing, PTCB has connected with Pearson VUE, the leading technology company in the industry. For test developments, PTCB contracts with Professional Examination Service (PES) who has been its partner for 14 years, Professional Examination Service (PES), the leading agency for credentialing and delivery of solutions in support of professional licensures and certifications across a large range of professions.