CPhT Practice Test 2024 Study Guide and Course Prep

CPhT Practice Test 2024 Study Guide and Course Prep. The Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) is administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) You can prepare Pharmacy Tech Courses with our free practice tests and review questions and answers.

Many states are now requiring pharmacy technicians to be certified. Currently, there are two national regulatory organizations that offer national certification: the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), which provides the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE); and the National Healthcare Association (NHA), which offers the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT).

Check the requirements of your state and your employer to determine which regulatory organization you should choose for your certification. Passing either national exam will certify you, and allows you to wear the letters CPhT (certified pharmacy technician).

CPhT Practice Test 2024

The CPhT Practice Test 2024 is presented in a similar format to the Pearson Vue testing center to help you feel at ease during the actual PTCE. The questions are randomly selected for each test so you will have an unlimited number of tests available.

CPhT Exam 2024

The PTCE consists of 90 multiple-choice questions (80 scored questions and 10 unscored questions) and is offered in computer format, to be taken on demand or when scheduled. The time limit is 110 minutes. The PTCE was recently updated to reflect changes in the pharmacy technician profession.

Test Name Pharmacy Technicians Exam
Certification Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
Administered by Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
Total Items 90 (80 scored items, 10 unscored)
Time Duration 110 minutes
Exam Cost $129
Score/Result time immediately
Certification Validity 2 years

The content of the exam is organized into nine knowledge domains. Each domain is weighted differently based on the material.

PTCE Content Outline

  • 1. Medications 40%
  • 2. Federal Requirements 12.5%
  • 3. Patient Safety and Quality Assurance 26.25%
  • 4. Order Entry and Processing 21.25%


It was established in 1995 by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and has certified more than 400,000 pharmacy technicians. This test is the gold standard for certifying pharmacy technicians.

Pharmacy Technician associations

After becoming a pharmacy technician you may consider joining a professional organization, whether it is a pharmacists’ association that has a specific pharmacy technician unit or a national organization that is specifically for and about pharmacy technicians. These associations are helpful for networking with fellow pharmacy technicians, developing friendships with others in your vocation, and finding job opportunities.

The American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT) (www.pharmacytechnician.com) was established in 1979 and is currently the organization of choice for many pharmacy technicians, due to its longevity and how it benefits its membership base. The organization offers CE, as well as an annual national convention and seminars throughout the year in different states. The American Association of Pharmacy Technicians is run by volunteers and has state chapters that you may join—or you may decide to start your own!

CPhT Study Guide

Pharmacy technician candidates should use this guide to help assist in studying for the PTCE. In addition, candidates should refer to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board website for more details: www.ptcb.org

Many external resources are available that may be useful to individuals preparing for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. PTCB does not recommend or endorse specific educational materials for pharmacy technicians, but shares the following examples for informational purposes only:

PTCB offers two unique ways for CPhT candidates to prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®)—the PTCE Practice BankTM and the Pre-PTCETM. For those interested in the Pre-PTCE, we recommend that candidates first study using the Practice Bank and then take the Pre-PTCE as a final check of readiness before attempting the PTCE. To purchase PTCB’s Practice Tools, log into your PTCB Account.