PTCB Extends Recertification Deadlines - COVID-19

PTCB has extended recertification deadlines for 60 days for CPhTs and Compounded Sterile Preparation Technicians (CSPTs) who have March 31, April 30, and May 31 expiration dates to allow extra time for completing CE and submitting applications.

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To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, our governor has asked Illinois citizens to shelter in place (stay at home) from March 21, 2020 to April 7, 2020.  We will still be working for you, but from our homes. 

If you need to submit your test sheets, please scan and email them to  If you need a representative to return your call, please send an email to with your name, phone number and question.  We will continue to be on the job during regular business hours and will work to get you answers and resources as quickly as we can. 

Thank you for your understanding!

Tech Network

ICHP Pharmacy Technician Network

The ICHP Pharmacy Technician Network has started meeting and welcomes volunteer members. The Network meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5pm-6pm. You can help make this technician network a success! Volunteer today! For details about the new Technician Network, see the announcement in the Hi Tech column in the KeePosted News Journal, November 2019 issue. Watch for the minutes of the meetings to be posted here!

To learn more about the many opportunities for ICHP technicians, please check out Becky Ohrmund's article in the ICHP KeePosted News Journal, February 2020 issue.

Please let us know if you are interested in any of these volunteer activities or in joining the new technician network! Contact or

ICHP Pharmacy Technician Network Mission & Vision PDF

Thinking about joining ICHP as a technician member?

Check out our member benefits and sign up today!

Check out the many free home study programs for ICHP members.
Free Home Study CE for ICHP Technician Members!

And all ICHP Technician members receive a FREE subscription to Pharmacy Tech Topics - all the continuing pharmacy education you need for PTCB recertification! See below.

PTCB Will Launch Advanced CPhT (CPhT-Adv) and Five Assessment-Based Certificate Programs - July 2019

PTCB will expand its credentialing programs by adding five assessment-based certificate programs for advanced technician roles, and an Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT-Adv) credential.  The new assessment-based certificate programs will recognize the important contributions pharmacy technicians make to advance medication safety.  Candidates seeking to be a CPhT-Adv will be required to have earned at least four of the new certificates to be eligible.  Read more on PTCB's website.

PTCB Now Connected to CPE Monitor - May 2019

PTCB is now connected to the CPE Monitor database so your CPE Monitor account will be accessible for your PTCB recertification. This connection is designed to allow CE hours entered into your CPE Monitor account to be recorded simultaneously in your PTCB account. All PTCB recertification continuing education credit will be reported through the national database CPE Monitor. 

All pharmacy technicians must set up an NABP e-Profile ID by October 2019 if you have not already done so. To obtain your NABE e-Profile ID: NABP Set Up

For information on PTCB recertification and CPE Monitor: PTCB Info

Online Only Licensure Process for Pharmacy Technicians begins September 1, 2017

All Illinois Pharmacy Technicians please take note that Illinois is moving to an ONLINE ONLY licensure process beginning September 1, 2017. All paper applications and payments postmarked before September 1st will be accepted and processed. Those postmarked on or after September 1st for impacted professions will be returned to the sender. This deadline applies to the Pharmacy Technician profession among others according to the press release from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

For Online Portal Access: Online Portal

Congratulations to the winner of the national technician CPE survey!

Congratulations to Ms. Afi Emilie K., a community hospital technician, and winner of the 2017 ICHP Pharmacy Technician CPE Needs Assessment Survey drawing! Afi won a $25 gift card to Amazon as a thank you for participating in our survey. Over 400 technicians responded to some part of the survey, and over 260 technicians participated in the random drawing. Thank you to all who participated - your feedback helps us improve our continuing education programs for pharmacy technicians!

Pharmacy Tech Topics™

Online version is free to ICHP Technician members!

ICHP pharmacy technician members are automatically signed up for an online subscription to Pharmacy Tech Topics™ as part of their ICHP membership and receive an email with access information from the website. If you need assistance accessing your online subscription, please call us at 815-227-9292.

Pharmacy Tech Topics™ is home study continuing education for pharmacy technicians by Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists.

Our modules are authored by leading pharmacy experts in their field, and address the latest disease management and operational issues.  Modules are published quarterly in January, April, July and October.  A two year Pharmacy Tech Topics™ subscription fulfills all of PTCB’s recertification requirements (twenty contact hours, including law and patient safety credit)!  Two options available: online and paper modules by mail!

For more information, please visit

Champion Home Study available to ICHP Technician members!

To learn more about Champions at your work site and / or to volunteer to be one, please check out the Champions webpage 

To learn more about free ICHP Champion webinars, recorded live, and available as home study on, please check out the Champion webinar page.

ASHP & ACPE Announcements Impacting Pharmacy Technicians

Your CE Requirements: What Changed
This is a reminder that effective January 1, 2016, PTCB implemented a change in continuing education (CE) recertification requirements for CPhTs that reduces the allowable number of CE hours earned via college/university courses from 15 to 10. Beginning in 2016, a maximum of 10 of your 20 CE hours may be earned by completing a relevant college course with a grade of 'C' or better. In addition, in-service hours are no long accepted for CE credit in recertification as of January 1, 2018. Read more.

Check Your NABP e-Profile and Include Your PTCB Certification Number
The CPE Monitor is a national, collaborative effort by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education that allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed CPE credits in a central system. PTCB is completing the first step in the process of connecting information in your CPE Monitor account to your PTCB Account. In the future, this connection is designed to allow CE hours entered into your CPE Monitor account to simultaneously be recorded in your PTCB Account. Part of this process involves you, as a CPhT. It is important that you log into your CPE Monitor account to be sure your NABP e-Profile is set up correctly, and then check to be sure your PTCB Certification number is reflected. All pharmacy technicians are encouraged to register for CPE Monitor if they have not already done so.

ASHP and ACPE Announce Updates in Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Standards
Beginning in 2020, PTCB will require candidates for initial certification to complete a pharmacy technician education program accredited jointly by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). To read more.

PTCB Changed Continuing Education Requirements 

PTCB requires CPhTs to submit 20 hours of pharmacy technician-specific (‘T-specific’) continuing education (CE) to qualify for recertification. As of 2018, PTCB does not allow in-service training to qualify for CE. Additional new requirements, taking effect January 1, 2020, are part of the program changes announced by PTCB to advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB’s standards for certification and recertification.

Resources for Technicians

Technician Toolkit* - ICHP Members Only
Continuing education and information for pharmacy technicians.

The Facts and FAQs

ASHP Directory of Pharmacy Technician Training Programs

Pharmacy Technician Information Center
A new resource for pharmacy technicians and those individuals who want to become one!  Visit this exciting website to learn all you can about the career of pharmacy technician.  Training, education, certification, frequently asked questions and much more. will get you started or keep you moving up the career ladder!

Need help recertifying online? Check out PTCB's Recertification FAQ Page for step-by-step help at!



Pharmacy Technician Certification: Review & Practice Exam, 3rd Edition

Manual for Pharmacy Technicians

ASHP's Manual for Pharmacy Technicians 4th edition is now available!  The trusted training resource for pharmacy technicians at all levels.

Complete your library of resources for pharmacy technicians.

ASHP has introduced the brand new companion Workbook for Understanding Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians.

Important Phone Numbers & websites for Help to Become a Certified Pharmacy Technician:

Periodicals and Study Guides
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (301) 657-3000
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, Inc. (800) 363-8012
American Pharmacists Association (800) 878-0729
Michigan Pharmacists Association (517) 484-1466
Delmar Publishers (800) 842-3636
EMC Paradigm Publishers (800) 328-1452
Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins (800) 638-3030
Morton Publishing Company (800) 348-3777
National Association of Chain Drug Stores (703) 549-3001
National Community Pharmacists Association (703) 683-8200
Pharmacy Education Resources, Inc. (713) 639-3175
Pharmacy Marketing Group (800) 798-4338
Precept Press (800) 225-3775
Regulation and Licensure Questions
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (847) 698-6227
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation