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CSP Recertification Requirements

Download the Recertification Handbook for complete information regarding recertification requirements and procedures.

SPCB requires periodic recertification to promote professional development for specialty pharmacists. This ensures 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 2-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 meet all SPCB CSP recertification requirements.

SPCB CSP Recertification Requirements
  • Continually maintain an active US or Canadian pharmacist 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.
  • 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.
  • Complete an individualized learning path questionnaire. The questionnaire is designed to help inform and direct the professional development activities of each certificant.
  • Earn 30 Continuing Education (CE) credits. Each hour of continuing education is equal to 1 CE credit using one or both of the options below:
    • CE in Specialty Pharmacy: All CE must be ACPE accredited and/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.
    • 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.

You may enter your CE activities using the full copy of your CPE Monitor Activity Transcript. View the Uploading a CE Transcript document for instruction.

  • Re-sign the Code of Conduct and maintain ongoing adherence to its requirements.
  • Submit a complete renewal application with all required documentation and fees by the published deadline.

Eligible Continuing Education (CE) credits

CSPs are required to earn 30 CEs every 2 years. All CE credits must be ACPE accredited and/or NASP-approved and be directly related to Specialty Pharmacy. CE topics related to Specialty Pharmacy include: topics listed on the Examination Content Outline (available in the Candidate Handbook), topics related to Specialty Pharmacy areas of focus (listed in the Recertification Handbook), and topics related to Specialty Pharmacy medications and pharmaceuticals.

Specialty Pharmacy medications and pharmaceuticals are those that are high in cost, require special handling, are subject to limited or restricted distribution, require ongoing assessment, treat rare diseases, or require active monitoring of side effects. In addition, an increased emphasis on patient management, medication adherence, collaboration with other members of the health care team, an ability to use metrics to drive optimization of patient care, and an ability to assist the patient to access additional supportive resources is required with Specialty Pharmacy medication/pharmaceutical distribution.

View the FAQs tab for helpful recertification application information.

For instructions on entering your CE activities using the full copy of your CPE Monitor Activity Transcript, view the Uploading a CE Transcript document for instruction.

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