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The Changing Landscape of Pharmacy Technician Training and Certification Requirements - Are You Ready Webinar


The Changing Landscape of Pharmacy Technician Training and Certification Requirements webinar is scheduled for Aug. 17th from 10 - 11 am MT. 


Every year, more states raise the bar for pharmacy technician training. In parallel, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), along with the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) have been pushing for a standardized training curriculum for pharmacy technicians. In 2013, PTCB decided to make completion of an ASHP-ACPE accredited program a prerequisite to sitting for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam by the year 2020. Now, in 2017, PTCB has suspended that requirement while it works with stakeholders from across the profession to further develop supporting policy, and conduct further study of technician roles to align upon a uniform set of standards for pharmacy technician training.

With these shifts and changes in requirements, it is important that hospitals and related health systems understand both the current regulatory requirements along with the trends occurring throughout the profession as the role of the pharmacy technician continues to expand. This presentation provides an overview of how pharmacy technician training regulations have evolved over time throughout the country, where the current trends are headed and outlines the current ASHP-ACPE standard with suggested strategies for successful planning.

With over 32 years of experience providing recommendations and guidance to pharmacists via the Pharmacist’s Letter, Therapeutic Research Center (TRC), has been a leading provider of pharmacy technicians training since 2009. TRC’s Pharmacy Technician University platform is currently used by multiple retail pharmacy chains and hospitals to deliver accredited training programs to their technicians.

Learning Objectives 
  • Provide an overview of the regulatory landscape and trends throughout the U.S.
  • Explain how these requirements might impact a hospital’s ability to staff its pharmacy function appropriately
  • Describe the ASHP-ACPE standard and how an accredited program differs from common, non-accredited programs
  • Describe the five candidate criteria for students under the ASHP-ACPE standard
  • List the criteria necessary to employ distance learning to meet the requirements
Target Audience
This webinar is intended for pharmacy staff, including pharmacists and pharmacy techs.

Brian Belmont, Chief Operating Officer, Therapeutic Research Center (TRC)
Brian brings over 25 years of technology and software development experience in both regulated and non-regulated environments. Prior to joining TRC, Brian was vice president of engineering at Intel-GE Care Innovations. Brian has held leadership roles at a variety of global technology companies including Ensequence, ARRIS, Intel, Texas Instruments and Compaq Computer. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a named inventor on 20 U.S. patents in computer software and hardware.

Registration fee: $195 for CHA members, $245 for associate members and $295 for non-members. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Webinar Instructions and Materials
Prior to the webinar, you will receive instructions for accessing the webinar, along with the slide presentation via email. If your email address changes, you do not receive an email with instructions from CHA or if you are unable to download or open presentation materials, please contact CHA prior to the webinar at  or 720.489.1630.

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