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The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. On Jan. 31, 1995, PTCB was founded by the Michigan Pharmacists Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists and with the goal of establishing a national standard for pharmacy technician certification. Today, PTCB offers a nationally accredited Pharmacy Technician Certification and Recertification Program that is the most widely accepted national certification program in the country, helping technicians to “work effectively with pharmacists across all pharmacy practice settings to advance patient care and safety,” notes a press release from the organization. PTCB has granted more than 550,000 certifications since its founding in 1995.

In the release, PTCB also highlights some of the milestones it has achieved over the last 20 years. This includes accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies in 2006, transitioning to a computer-based testing model in 2007 and moving to year-round testing in 2009. More recently, PTCB announced a series of Certification Program changes in 2013, which are designed to advance certified pharmacy technician (CPhT) qualifications by elevating PTCB’s requirements. PTCB will continue to implement changes to strengthen its requirements through 2020.

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