CSP Recertification Handbook:

Download the CSP Recertification Handbook and review the Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about CSP recertification requirements and the recertification application process.

The Recertification Handbook includes information on:

  • Maintaining your CSP certification
  • Recertification requirements
  • When and how to start the recertification application
  • Completing the individualized learning path
  • Code of conduct
  • Policies

Recertification Requirements:

SPCB requires periodic recertification to promote professional development for specialty pharmacists to ensure that individuals who hold the CSP credential maintain an ongoing commitment to learning in their area(s) of practice to strengthen their knowledge and skills.Certification is valid for a two-year period from the date of certification indicated on each individual’s certificate.Recertification applications must be submitted at least 4 months before the certification expires. Certificants will receive a courtesy recertification reminder; however it is the responsibility of the certificant to submit a timely recertification application and retain appropriate documentation of their continuing education activities.

To maintain an active certification status all certificants must:

  1. Continually maintain an active US pharmacy license in good standing. Any lapse in licensure must be reported to SPCB within 15 days. Failure to report changes in pharmacy licensure status will be investigated under the Disciplinary Policy.
  2. Have no previous history of felony records or State Board suspensions. Any conviction or State Board suspension must be reported to SPCB within 15 days.
  3. Complete an individualized learning path questionnaire. The questionnaire is designed to help inform and direct the professional development activities of each certificant.
  4. Earn 30 professional development points using any of the options below. Each  hour of continuing education is equal to 1 professional development point:
    • a) Continuing Education (CE) in Specialty Pharmacy:  All CE must be accredited or NASP approved. CE may include up to 10 hours of non-clinical courses, however all continuing education must be directly related to the practice of Specialty Pharmacy.
    • b) Certificate Program(s): Obtain a sub-qualification or complete a certificate program in an approved Specialty Pharmacy area. Each certificate course earns 15 professional development points.
  5. Re-sign the Code of Conduct and maintain ongoing adherence to its requirements.
  6. Submit a complete renewal application with all required documentation and fees by the published deadline.

Failure to Recertify:

Recertification is mandatory for all certificants. If certification is not renewed it will expire on the last day of the month two years after the certification was last earned. Individuals whose certification has expired or been suspended or revoked may not represent him/herself as an SPCB certificant and may not use the credential until he/she receives official notice that the recertification requirements have been satisfied or that certification status has been reinstated. SPCB reserves the right to notify a certificant’s employer when certification is not renewed.

Reinstatement:

If certification has been expired for 60 days or less, an individual may reinstate his/her certification by meeting all of the recertification requirements, submitting a complete recertification application, and paying the recertification fee and reinstatement fee.  If the application is approved, the individual’s expiration date for the reinstated credential will be the same as if the certification had been renewed on time.

If certification has been expired for more than 60 days, an individual must reapply for certification, meet all eligibility requirements in effect at the time of re-application, and pass the examination.