Pharmacy Technician Certification

Pharmacy Technician Certification (CPhT)

Break into the exciting growing market for pharmacy technicians by becoming a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

Most pharmacy employers seek applicants with a certification, and many mandate it as a requirement. Taking the ExCPT exam and earning your CPhT certification from NHA can help you stand out and set you up for success.

As a Pharmacy Technician, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Receive prescription requests from patients and doctors’ offices
  • Accurately measure medication amounts
  • Package and label prescriptions
  • Establish and maintain patient records
  • Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
  • Manage inventory

Pharmacy Technicians are sought-after professionals in pharmacies located in hospitals, drug stores, doctors’ offices and grocery stores. With a CPhT certification from NHA, you’ll have the credentials you need to invest in your future and prepare for a rewarding career as a Pharmacy Technician.

To become a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT), you’ll sit for NHA’s ExCPT exam.

New ExCPT test plan released

At NHA we are dedicated to providing access to personal and professional improvement- directly impacting better patient care. With the help of numerous subject matter experts, we have conducted a nationwide Job Task Analysis to ensure we are accurately testing the most current and relevant competencies necessary to ensure proficiency in the pharmacy technician profession. As a result of this extensive Job Task Analysis, an updated test plan for the ExCPT exam is now available here. You can also find the exam crosswalk here, bridging the 2011 and new test plan.

New ExCPT exam released on February 7, 2018

A new exam will be releasing on February 7, 2018. If your exam date is scheduled on or after February 7, 2018 there will be new study materials available on December 6, 2017. If you are planning to sit for the ExCPT exam before February 7, 2018, you can continue to study with the current ExCPT exam preparation materials. Please check this page regularly for updates and additional information.

Exam scores will be delayed for approximately 8 weeks beginning February 7, 2018 during the pilot scoring period. 

Pilot Scoring

As with many new exam launches, a pilot scoring period of approximately 8 weeks will begin the day the new exam is released. This will delay your scores and pass/fail results immediately following your exam. After the pilot scoring period concludes exam results will be mailed directly to you at the address associated with your NHA account.

For Educators:

If this delay in scoring could affect candidate's future plans and/or employment opportunities, encourage candidates to adjust their exam date.

For Employers:

If employment is contingent upon certification, please work with your employees and prospects to adjust their exam date to meet any required deadlines.

Proof of Sitting for the Exam

You will receive a confirmation email announcing the scoring delay. Print and use this email as proof of sitting for the exam if required by an employer. If you need additional proof, please contact customer service.

Do you have more questions?

For more information regarding pilot scoring, visit the "About Development of NHA Exams" section of the Candidate Handbook on

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