Exam Application, Scheduling, and Administration
The exam is offered during two testing windows annually through computer-based administration at PSI test centers across the United States and Canada. Applicants are encouraged to complete the application in advance of the deadline in order to have the best selection of examination appointments at the location and time of their choice.
|Testing Window||Application Deadline||Special Accommodation Form Deadline||Exam Scheduling Begins|
|April 1 – 30||March 15||February 28||February 1|
|October 1 – November 15||September 15||August 31||August 1|
- Once the application has been approved and the exam scheduling window has opened, candidates will begin receiving emails regarding the scheduling process from the SPCB testing vendor, PSI.
- Visit https://candidate.psiexams.com/testdate/testdate.jsp for a listing of testing sites.
- Download the Candidate Handbook for application information and instructions.
- View the FAQs tab for helpful exam application information.
Submit your online application today. Exam scheduling instructions will be sent to candidates after their applications are approved and once the scheduling window opens.
The CSP examination is designed to assess the knowledge and skills required for certification in Specialty Pharmacy. The examination identifies individuals who have demonstrated competence to perform the required duties without harm to patients. The CSP examination is a 125 question, multiple-choice exam delivered via computer based administration. Of the 125 questions, 25 are pre-test questions that will not affect your score. Candidates have 2 hours to complete the examination session.
Job Analysis Studies are conducted every 5 years to identify and validate the knowledge and skills measured by the examination. The results of the job analysis serve as the basis for the exam. Job analysis studies were conducted in 2013 and 2018. The resulting CSP examination content outlines and the effective dates of each are listed below.
A variety of disease states associated with Specialty Pharmacy are included in the exam questions. Disease areas are listed in the Candidate Handbook.
CSP Examination Content Outline effective through November 15, 2019
|II. Clinical Management||40%|
Download the 2013 SPCB CSP Job Analysis Study Executive Summary, effective through the October/November 2019 exam window, to learn more.
CSP Examination Content Outline effective beginning April 1, 2020
|II. Clinical Management||65%|
In 2018, the SPCB conducted a new job analysis study. The content outline established by that study is effective beginning April 1, 2020. Download the 2018 SPCB CSP Job Analysis Executive Summary to learn more.
Candidates are encouraged to review the detailed Exam Content Outline included in the Candidate Handbook to develop their own study plan and prepare for the exam.
A range of continuing education resources are available from a variety of providers for preparation on specific topic areas.
- NASP offers an optional CSP preparation course available online.*
- NASP will offer the optional CSP preparation course at the NASP Annual Meeting and Expo on Thursday, September 12.*
*The SPCB’s role is in developing and administering certification examinations to determine the qualifications of candidates for certification. The Board does not require, provide, or endorse any specific study guides, training or review courses. The SPCB, Board, certification staff members, certification committee members, and certification subject matter experts do not have involvement in the creation, accreditation, approval, endorsement or delivery of examination review courses, preparatory materials, educational programs, or training programs that prepare candidates for the CSP certification examination.
SPCB complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by providing candidates with a qualified disability the opportunity to participate in CSP certification activities by providing reasonable accommodations that do not negatively impact examination validity. For more information and to access the Request for Accommodations Form, please view the Candidate Handbook.