After the PTCB Exam

Receiving Scores (R2)

Passing candidates will be able to download and print their certificate, and will also receive a certificate printed on file paper and a wallet card in an additional 1 – 2 weeks.

Retake Policy (R2)

Candidates are allowed four attempts to pass the PTCE. Candidates must apply and pay for each attempt. Candidates who are unsuccessful at passing the PTCE must wait 60 days from the most recent attempt to apply for the second and third attempts, and 6 months for the final attempt. After four attempts, candidates will need to petition PTCB in writing for additional attempts. Petitions will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.


R2 = – Certification Guidelines and Requirements: A Candidate Guidebook

DID YOU KNOW: Pharmacy technicians who successfully pass either exam are considered Certified Pharmacy Technicians and may use the designation “CPhT“.

After the ExCPT Exam

Exam Results (R3)

For Successful Candidates, the exam is scored immediately and successful candidates are given an official report by PSI/LaserGrade indicating whether or not they passed the ExCPT immediately upon completion. Candidates may use this report to provide evidence to employers or regulatory boards that they passed. Within four weeks of passing the exam, Certified Pharmacy Technicians will receive a certificate suitable for framing, which will indicate the certification number and expiration date.

Re-examination (R3)

Candidates must re-register and pay the full exam price. Candidates will initially be allowed 3 attempts to successfully pass the exam with a waiting period of 30 days between each failed administration. For each repeated failure after the 3rd attempt, candidate will be required to wait an additional year to sit for the exam.


R3 = – PDF ExCPT Pharmacy Technician National Healthcareer Association NHA Candidate Handbook

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