Frequently Asked Questions

A certificate program is used to train or educate a person in specific knowledge or skills.

A certification program is an independent assessment used to recognize professionals who meet standardized criteria and possess practice-based skills, knowledge, abilities, and experiences.

Some regard a certificate program an opportunity to obtain education and/or training, and a certification program as a way to validate mastery and application of competencies.

The Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy (CCP) defines a certificate program as:

A non-degree-granting program that provides instruction and training to aid participants in acquiring specific knowledge, skills, and/or competencies associated with intended outcomes. When the certificate program includes an assessment of learning, it is known as an assessment-based certificate program.

Examples include: American Pharmacists Association Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians; the I.C.E. Certificate Program for the Credentialing Specialist; and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Telehealth Certificate Program.

And defines a certification program as:

A voluntary, nongovernmental process by which an individual is determined by a certification body (an independent third party that handles a certification process) to have successfully completed the requirements of a certification program and who may be identified to the public and other stakeholders as a certificant. Some regulatory bodies use voluntary certification programs to meet licensure or registration requirements.

Examples include: BPS Board Certifications such as Board-Certified Ambulatory Pharmacist (BCACP) or Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS).

More information on the differences between a certificate program and a certification program can be found here: https://www.credentialingexcellence.org/Accreditation/New-to-Accreditation/Certificate-vs-Certification

To create a new MyBPS account, a candidate should go to the BPS Website, upper right-hand corner, and visit: http://www.cyzap.com/portal/bps/.

Eligibility criteria varies among specialty areas. BPS Certifications typically follow this framework: four years of practice experience; two years of practice experience and a PGY1 in that specialty area; or a PGY2 in that specialty area.

For practice experience, you must spend at least 50% of your practice time in the specialty area. The BPS Content Outline for that specialty holds more information on what may count for practice experience in that area.

Your application requires you to list, in 12-month time periods, the breakdown of time you spent in each of the domains of the content outline for your specialty area. You are required to provide employer contact information for each year reported.

The requirements for practice experience differ between specialty certification programs. Please view the eligibility criteria and content outline for your specialty for more information.

No, the number of years of practice experience required for each specialty area represents a minimum requirement. For example, for BCOP certification, 4 years of practice experience with at least 50% of that time each year spent in Oncology pharmacy activities is required. Even if you spend 100% of your time in Oncology pharmacy activities, four years of practice experience is required.

BPS partners with Prometric to provide the examination. BPS does not have any other partnerships for the certification or recertification application process. 

BPS partners with professional development program (PDP) providers to provide continuing pharmacy education (CPE) for recertification and the relationship is noted here

Any organization claiming a relationship with BPS for the application process or providing CPE labeled ‘BPS-approved’ outside of the organizations listed should be reported to BPS immediately.

The fee for all first-time applicants for specialty certification is $600 USD.

More information on fees can be found here.

The processing time for approving applications may take up to 30 calendar days from the day that you applied. If your application is approved, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) email with instructions on how to schedule your examination.

To submit a name change request, you must log in to your MyBPS profile and select the “Name Change” link from the menu section of your home page. You will be required to complete the name change form as well as upload a photocopy of a state or government-issued ID or marriage certificate showing the new name for your request to be processed.

You can request a certificate showing the new name after your name change request has been officially processed.

Candidates are permitted to request testing accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and must be requested as part of the application.

Candidates must include verification of the disabling condition from a professional specialist with their application. Candidates must also describe the accommodation they are requesting. If the proper request and documentation is not included in the application, the availability of the accommodation cannot be guaranteed.

More information about applying for ADA accommodations can be found here.

BPS holds specialty certification and recertification examinations both windowed testing format and continuous testing format examinations. Examinations offered in the windowed testing format are available in two windows per year, either in April/May or August/September. For examinations offered in the continuous testing format, a candidate has the opportunity to register throughout the year and take a certification or recertification examination at any point in the year.

BPS uses Prometric to administer our exams. Prometric has approximately 1,000 test center locations worldwide. To search for available test locations please visit the following Prometric webpage: https://www.prometric.com/en-us/BPS/Pages/landing.aspx.

BPS has partnered with Prometric to provide live remote proctored (LRP) testing. Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) is an option for eligible candidates in the U.S., Australia, or Canada. LRP allows candidates to test in a place of their choosing (i.e., in their home) using their own computer, rather than at a brick-and-mortar Prometric testing center, while being monitored via webcam by offsite proctors. To be eligible, candidates must reside in the U.S., Australia, or Canada.

All exams are computer-based.

If an examinee fails to achieve a passing score on the examination, retaking the examination is permitted. Examinees who fail their first examination attempt within the past year have the option to retake the examination for a discounted fee of $300 USD. Examinees must retake the examination within one year of their initial attempt with a minimum of 90 calendar days between each retake. Failure to do so will require re-submission of the complete application, along with payment of the application fee of $600 USD.

Upcoming Policy Change (Effective January 1, 2025):
Starting January 1, 2025, the retake examination policy will be modified. Examinees who fail their first examination attempt may apply for a retake examination and pay the discounted fee of $300 USD. Examinees will be allowed up to two retake examinations (three attempts total), with a minimum of 90 calendar days and a maximum of 200 calendar days between each attempt. If a passing score is not achieved after the third attempt, the examinee must wait 12 months to submit a new application, pay the application fee of $600 USD, and begin the process again.

For information on certification exams, please review the Candidate’s Guide.

A pharmacist can only sit for one specialty exam in each testing cycle. Additionally, it would be difficult for a pharmacist to hold more than a few certifications because of the requirement to have practiced for at least 3 to 4 years in that specialty. We do have pharmacists that hold more than one certification.

All BPS specialty certification examinations reflect current, best practice guidelines. Examinations are assembled months prior to the administration date, so they may not always reflect all the changes that may have occurred in pharmacy practice during that time. Furthermore, great care is taken to exclude from the examination any content associated with rapidly evolving or emerging practice changes. When in doubt, refer to pharmacy practice guidelines as they were about 6 to 12 months prior to the examination administration date.

In MyBPS, a candidate’s profile will remain in the ‘exam pending’ status until their examination score report is uploaded. Once the score report is uploaded to their profile, the status will change to reflect if they received a passing score or not.

Board certified pharmacists are required to pay a $125 annual maintenance fee during years 1-6 of their recertification cycle. Notifications will be sent out via email during the first week of May each year, with payment due within 45 days of the notice.

Board certified pharmacists who are due to recertify do not pay the annual maintenance fee in their recertification year. This includes candidates who hold two or more BPS certifications. Instead, pharmacists due to recertify should submit the recertification application and pay the recertification fee.

No, pharmacists holding more than one BPS certification are assessed only one annual fee.

If you delist a credential in a recertification year but wish to maintain other credential(s), you will be assessed the annual certification maintenance fee.

Board Certified pharmacists’ names are removed from the board certified pharmacist search when they are overdue on payment of the annual certification maintenance fee, and therefore not in good standing. To rectify the situation, please login to your MyBPS account to pay all past due annual maintenance fees (plus $5 penalty fee). Once these fees have been paid, your name will come up on the board certified pharmacist search.

To change your MyBPS password, login to your MyBPS account and click “Change Password” on the left-hand side of the screen.

To update your contact information, log in to your MyBPS account and click on “Update Profile” on the left-hand side of the screen.

Please note, changing your email address will not automatically update your Username. To update your username, click “Change Username” on the left-hand side of the homepage of your MyBPS account.

Logon to your MyBPS account. On the left-hand side of the screen, under “Other Requests”, click “Name Change”. This will bring you to the Name Change Application. Please note, you will need to upload a PDF or JPG of your government issued documentation (driver’s license, passport, etc.) with your updated name listed.

Employers can verify certification by using the Board Certified Pharmacist Search on the BPS website, which lists all BPS pharmacists in good standing. For further information, they can contact BPS directly using the Contact Us form on the BPS website.

Board-certified pharmacists can submit the recertification application and fee as early as January 1 of their recertification year.

The recertification application deadline is in August of the recertification year.

For more information review the upcoming deadlines, dates, and fees webpage.

CPE is transmitted in live real time reporting from the provider’s learning management system (LMS) upon successful completion of the post activity assessment. If CPE is not reflected in your MyBPS account, make sure to complete all of the provider’s requirements. BPS also recommends verifying that the IND, credential number, and email address in the provider site matches the information in MyBPS.

BPS holds specialty recertification examinations in windowed testing format and continuous testing format.

Examinations offered in the windowed testing format are available in two windows per year, either March/April or September/October. For examinations offered in the continuous testing format, a candidate must sit for the exam by October 15.

Please review the BPS Recertification Guide for details.

Once receiving a passing score, a candidate’s certification becomes active on the first day of the following month. However, a newly certified pharmacist must wait until January 1 of the following calendar year to begin earning CPE units.

(E.g., candidates certified Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2023 will not be able to receive CPE units until Jan. 1, 2024)

Specialties in windowed examinations: candidates must schedule an examination appointment within the registration window.

Specialties in continuous testing: candidates must schedule an examination appointment at any time during the recertification year but no later than October 15. 

An authorization to test (ATT) is required to schedule an exam appointment with Prometric.

Candidates must achieve a passing score by December 31 of their recertification year.

Specialties in windowed testing can test twice in a year (March/April or September/October). BPS recommends registering early in the year. If a passing score is not achieved, there may be an opportunity to retest within the recertification year.

Specialties in continuous testing must test by October 15 in their recertification year.

If an examinee fails to achieve a passing score on the examination, retaking the examination is permitted within the recertification year and/or in an approved extension year. The fee for retaking a recertification examination is $200 USD. The examinee must retake the examination within their recertification year with a minimum of 90 calendar days between each retake.

Upcoming Policy Change (Effective January 1, 2025):
Starting January 1, 2025, the retake examination policy will be modified. Examinees who fail a recertification examination may apply for a retake examination and pay the discounted retake fee of $200 USD. Examinees pursuing a specialty recertification exam will be allowed up to two retake examinations (three attempts total), with a minimum of 90 calendar days and a maximum of 200 days between each attempt.

Review the Recertification Guide for information on recertification exams.

CPE and/or CPD earned in excess of the recertification requirement will not be applied forward to the next certification cycle. CPE and/or CPD must be earned in the year (and therefore cycle) for which it is recorded.

About Continuous Testing

Continuous testing is the opportunity for a candidate to register throughout the year and take a certification or recertification examination at any point in the year. This differs from BPS’s previous certification and recertification examination structure, in which exams were offered in two windows per year.

 

2024March/AprilSeptember/October
BCACPWindowContinuous Starts
BCCCPContinuous Starts
BCCPContinuous
BCEMPWindowWindow
BCGPWindowContinuous Starts
BCIDPWindowContinuous Starts
BCNPContinuous 
BCNSPContinuous Starts
BCOPContinuous 
BCPPContinuous 
BCPPSContinuous Starts
BCPSWindowContinuous Starts
BCSCPWindowContinuous Starts
BCTXPWindowWindow

The timeline for other examination programs will be announced at least six months before the shift to continuous testing. BPS aims to transition two to four specialties per year from windowed administration to continuous administration. New specialties will begin with windows-based testing and will move to a continuous testing model. While this transition takes place, all examinations will be available each year.

The application process for windowed testing and the application process for continuous testing vary slightly. Below is a process chart to demonstrate the difference for candidates applying for certification and recertification examinations in the two testing modes. 

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Continuous testing means that a candidate will be able to test anytime throughout the year instead of the existing structure of two testing windows. For recertification by examination, a candidate will need to achieve a passing score on the recertification examination by December 31 of their recertification year. BPS recommends pursuing an examination early in the recertification year so if a passing score is not achieved, there is time to retake the examination.

Continuous testing will not have an impact on a certificant completing their recertification by the continuing pharmacy education (CPE) option. For recertification by CPE, a candidate must submit their recertification application and fee by the deadline of their recertification year, and complete their specialty’s CPE requirement by December 31 of their recertification year. Continuous testing means that a candidate will be able to take the recertification examination anytime throughout the year instead of the existing structure of two testing windows. For recertification by exam, a candidate must submit their recertification application and fee by the deadline of their recertification year and achieve a passing score by December 31 of their recertification year.

Continuous Testing Exam Registration

For exams transitioning to continuous testing, registration will commence concurrently with windowed exam specialties and will stay open year-round. 

After an applicant submits their registration application, BPS will review it within 30 calendar days.



For specialties in continuous testing, applications submitted without a transcript will not be reviewed and approved until the transcript has been received directly from the candidate’s school. The 30-day review timeline will not begin until we receive your transcript.

For specialties in windowed testing, please review the candidates guide for applicable information. 

From the date of application approval, a candidate may schedule their examination session at any time within the 365 calendar days following their application approval.

Yes, a candidate registered for an examination in a specialty in the continuous testing model can request to reschedule from the window-based test to the continuous test format, assuming that specialty is or will be available continuously that calendar year. To do so, please reach out through the contact us page on the BPS website.

Continuous Testing Exam Format and Administration

All BPS examinations will consist of 150 items. 

The administration time allotted for the 150-item initial certification examinations will be 3 hours and 45 minutes. There is no change in administration time for recertification examinations.

There is no scheduled break during a test in the continuously available testing model.

Candidates may choose to take an unscheduled break and have the time deducted from their examination period. In unscheduled breaks, the candidate is required to notify the proctor and wait for confirmation before leaving the examination area. Failure to inform the proctor prior to taking an unscheduled break or failure to return on time will result in a termination of the examination. Upon return, a full security scan will be conducted prior to resuming exam.

This will not lessen the rigor of the examination. BPS examinations maintain a high standard with a more focused set of examination items. Statistical analysis has determined that BPS can achieve adequate content coverage and reliability of exam scores with this small decrease in the number of examination items. The shorter examination will also create scheduling flexibility for candidates.

New regulations, drugs, and therapies are continually incorporated into the examination content. All BPS specialty certification examinations reflect current, best practice guidelines. Examinations are assembled months prior to the administration date so they may not always reflect all the changes that may have occurred in pharmacy practice during that time. Furthermore, great care is taken to exclude from the examination any content associated with rapidly evolving or emerging practice changes. When in doubt, refer to pharmacy practice guidelines as they were about 6 to 12 months prior to the examination administration date. Official United States Adopted Name (USAN) generic names are used on all BPS examinations for all drug products.

After an applicant successfully completes a certification or recertification examination, they will receive their score determination within 60 calendar days.

If a candidate does not pass their certification examination, they may request to retake the examination. Once approved for the retake examination, a candidate’s 365-calendar day eligibility period is renewed. A candidate may schedule their retake examination session any time within the following 365 calendar days.

There is a mandatory 90 calendar day period between the last examination session and the date of the scheduled retake examination. 

 
 

A candidate is allowed a total of three certification examination attempts, which includes the first certification examination attempt and two retake examination attempts. Once approved for the retake examination, a candidate’s 365-calendar day eligibility period is renewed.

If a candidate does not achieve a passing score after three attempts, they must wait 12 months from the last testing attempt to begin the process and register again. For more information about certification examination applications, visit the BPS Candidate’s guide.

Yes. However, candidates outside of the U.S., Canada, or Australia are not eligible for LRP at this time.

Score Reporting

A candidate can expect to receive a score report within 60 calendar days after their testing session.

Upon achieving a passing score on the certification examination, the certification becomes active the first day of the following month.

Physical certificates are mailed approximately 90 calendar days after a candidate receives their passing score. Physical certificates are automatically sent and do not need to be requested.

Digital badges are sent within 90 calendar days after a candidate receives their passing score. Digital badges are automatically sent and do not need to be requested.

About Continuing Professional Development

BPS defines continuing professional development (CPD) as a commitment to lifelong learning. Various pharmacy organizations worldwide have used the following definitions:

The Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE) defines CPD as:

“a self-directed, ongoing, systematic and outcomes-focused approach to lifelong learning that is applied into practice. It involves the process of active participation in formal and informal learning activities that assist individuals in developing and maintaining continuing competence, enhancing their professional practice, and supporting achievement of their career goals.”

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) defines CPD as:

“the responsibility of individual pharmacists for systematic maintenance, development and broadening of knowledge, skills and attitude to ensure continuing competence as a professional, throughout their careers.”

The CPD cycle includes several phases, beginning with an assessment of learning needs and goals (REFLECT). Then, outcomes-based learning objectives, priorities, and a timeline are generated (PLAN). Activities, resources, and various learning methodologies are identified and utilized to meet the learning objectives (LEARN). Finally, learning objective outcomes and impact are evaluated (EVALUATE), leading to reflection and the continuum begins again. A key to the CPD approach is connecting learning to practice (APPLY). Each stage of the CPD process should be recorded in a personal learning record or portfolio and reviewed periodically for progress.

For more information on CPD and how CPD is integrated into the BPS Recertification Process, please view the introduction to CPD video here.
 
The CPD Cycle Chart

Used with permission from ACPE.

Whether recertifying by professional development or recertification examination, board-certified pharmacists who start a new certification cycle in 2024 and forward must:

  1. Record their annual reflection and plan (ARP) in their MyBPS profile annually (once they are within the framework effective date in the table below). You may complete your ARP at any point throughout the year; best practice is to document your reflection and plan prior to documenting CPD activities in MyBPS.
  2. Earn a minimum of 2 units (via CPD activities or assessed CPE via BPS-approved professional development program) during each year of their cycle.
Pathways to Recertification

Achieve passing score on a specialty certification examination and report 20 units of continuing professional development (CPD) by the end of the 7 year recertification cycle.

Complete at least 80 units of assessed continuing pharmacy education (CPE) from BPS-approved professional development programs and report 20 units of continuing professional development (CPD) by the end of the 7 year recertification cycle.

CPD activities must correlate to the content outline domains of the specialty in which the individual holds BPS certification. BPS will conduct random audits of CPD activities to ensure appropriateness and alignment with the relevant specialty content outline. BPS will begin recognizing seven categories of activities under the initial CPD pilot.

  1. Assessed CPE from BPS-approved professional development program
  2. CPE and CPD portfolios
  3. Academic, Professional, and Interprofessional Study
  4. Teaching and Precepting Learners
  5. Scholarly Activities
  6. Workplace Activities
  7. Leadership and Professional Service
Activity CategoryActivity DescriptionExample Evidence for upload (not exhaustive)Units Awarded*
The minimum reportable amount is “1”.
Assessed CPE from BPS-approved professional development programIf desired, you may complete an additional 20 units of assessed CPE via BPS-approved professional development programs to satisfy the 100-unit recertification requirement. The necessary plan, reflect, and evaluate components MUST be completed regardless.Verified by BPS
1 contact hour (0.1 CEU)
will be awarded 1 unit
Activity CategoryActivity DescriptionExample Evidence for upload (not exhaustive)Units Awarded*Annual MaximumMaximum per Recertification Cycle
Continuing pharmacy education (CPE) and CPD portfoliosEarn CPE from provider (e.g., state associations, workplace education, certificate training programs)Certificate(s) of completion1 contact hour (0.1 CEU) will be awarded 1 CPD unit1010
Earn CPE or CPD based on local, state, provincial, workplace or institutional requirements utilizing recognized processes and learning plans (e.g., Iowa, Canada, Australia)Portfolio, certificate(s) of completion1 portfolio will be awarded 10 units1010
Academic, Professional, and Interprofessional StudyComplete post-graduate academic or professional courses from an accredited institution (e.g., MPH, MHA)Academic transcript, proof of enrollment1 course will be awarded 5 units510
Attain or maintain active status for non-BPS certifications (e.g., AAHIVP, CDCES, CNSC, BC-ADM)Certification verification document or link1 certification will be awarded 5 units510
Complete continuing education accredited for other healthcare professionals (e.g., ACCME, ANCC, AAPA, APA, CDR, BOC, ADA CERP)Certificate of completion1 credit hour will be awarded 1 unit1010
Teaching and Precepting LearnersDevelop and present educational content (e.g., college/university course lecture, continuing education, preparation/recertification course)Syllabus, course description from catalog1 hour of teaching will be awarded 2 units1010
Serve as a preceptor for students, residents, or other healthcare professionalsConfirmation from college of pharmacy, evaluation from student10 hours of precepting will be awarded 1 unit210
Scholarly ActivitiesServe as an author in a peer-reviewed journal article or book chapterDocumentation of authorship from publisher, copy of chapter page1 article or chapter will be awarded 5 units510
Serve as an author for a published bookDocumentation of authorship from publisher1 book will be awarded 10 units1010
Serve as an investigator for a submitted federal, state or national organization project, regardless of funding outcome.Letter of attestation from organization official, communication from granting agency verifying submission1 grant will be awarded 5 units510
Serve as an investigator on an IRB approved research project.Documentation of project, listing of investigator from IRB1 completed project will be awarded 5 units510
Complete a capstone project, thesis, or dissertation as part of post-graduate academic degree programDocumentation of project, thesis or dissertation from degree granting institution1 unique capstone, thesis, or dissertation will be awarded 5 units510
Workplace ActivitiesLead in-service training or Grand RoundsProgram announcement or presentation title with author, letter of attestation from management10 hours of participation will be awarded 1 unit210
Implement performance, practice, or clinical quality improvement project (e.g. medication safety project/MUE)Letter of attestation from management1 completed project will be awarded 5 units510
Serve on institutional review board, P&T, medication safety, medication therapy management committee, or another similar committee.Letter of attestation from management10 hours of participation will be awarded 1 unit210
Leadership and Professional ServiceServe on a committee, editorial board, review board, workgroup, task force, board of directors (for local, state, provincial, national, or international healthcare-related organization)Letter of attestation from leadership, publication listing individual and corresponding position or role10 hours of participation will be awarded 1 unit210
BPS Specialty Council memberVerified by BPS, if submitted8820
BPS Job analysis panelistVerified by BPS, if submitted2210
BPS Standard setting panelistVerified by BPS, if submitted2210
BPS Item writerVerified by BPS, if submitted2210
BPS AmbassadorVerified by BPS, if submitted2210
BPS Content Contributor (e.g., podcast guest, blogger)Verified by BPS, if submitted122

* BPS will award CPD units for recertification purposes ONLY. The necessary Reflect, Plan and Evaluate components MUST be completed for CPD units to be awarded for recertification. If a certificant wishes to claim CPD activities for licensure or employer requirements, please contact ACPE, the state board of pharmacy, or the employer for information on requirements.

The first cohort of board-certified pharmacists eligible to take advantage of the updated recertification framework, including CPD, are board-certified pharmacists starting a new certification cycle in 2024. This includes pharmacists newly certified in 2023 and board-certified pharmacists who successfully recertified in 2023. The framework will be applied each year to pharmacists starting a new 7-year certification cycle (newly certified and recertified pharmacists) until it is applicable to all board-certified pharmacists.

Year Certified or RecertifiedCertification Cycle
Start Date
(begin earning recertification units)
Certification Cycle Expiration Date
(deadline to complete recertification requirements)
New CPD-Recertification Framework Effective Date
2016January 1, 2017December 31, 2023January 1, 2024
2017January 1, 2018December 31, 2024January 1, 2025
2018January 1, 2019December 31, 2025January 1, 2026
2019January 1, 2020December 31, 2026January 1, 2027
2020January 1, 2021December 31, 2027January 1, 2028
2021January 1, 2022December 31, 2028January 1, 2029
2022January 1, 2023December 31, 2029January 1, 2030
2023January 1, 2024December 31, 2030January 1, 2024
2024 onwardJanuary 1, 2025December 31, 2031January 1, 2025

This table is based on the standard seven-year certification cycle. Certificants who are granted a one time, one year extension will not be subject to the updated recertification framework (including CPD) until they begin a new certification cycle after completion of the extension year.

Board-certified pharmacists will respond to prompts within their MyBPS portal to complete the Reflect, and Plan stages of the CPD cycle annually and complete the Evaluate stage at the time of CPD self-reporting. The Learn stage of the CPD cycle will be documented by uploading evidence of completion. The purpose of documenting the stages within the CPD cycle is to create a record of maintenance of certification.

Reflect: Consider potential learning needs related to your current practice and professional development. Consider the content outline relevant to your specialty certification. What knowledge, behaviors, attitudes, or skills did you identify as an area for growth?

Plan: Consider the CPD activity selected to promote the acquisition of the competency identified in your reflection. Document the SMART goal or learning objectives related to the CPD activity.

Learn: Will be documented via MyBPS CPD activity self-reporting portal and evidence upload feature

Evaluate: Assess the impact of your learning. Describe how your professional development or practice was/will be impacted by this learning.

CPD activities should be reported in MyBPS within six months of the activity completion date. A step-by-step video detailing how to self-report CPD activities can be found here. Neither the certificant nor the organization providing the learning opportunity is required to gain BPS approval prior to participating in or reporting CPD activities. BPS will conduct random, statistically significant audits to ensure activity appropriateness and alignment with the relevant specialty content outline.

**The following steps will only appear in your MyBPS profile once you are subject to CPD requirements (see above “Who?” and “When?”). Steps are subject to change as the database undergoes updates.

To document CPD activities, log in to MyBPS. In the “Recertification” section, under the “Action” column, click “Report Activity.” Click the orange “Add Activity Record” button. Read the attestation before clicking the check box of acknowledgement. From the “Activity Type” dropdown menu, select the CPD activity you wish to report. Follow the instructions on the subsequent page and complete the required fields, including the Evaluate box. Upload your evidence of completion in the “Supporting documents” field by clicking the green “Add files” button. Click “Save” when you are ready to proceed.

To document your Annual Reflection & Plan, log in to MyBPS. In the “Recertification” section, under the “Action” column, click “report Activity.” Click the orange “Add Activity Record” button. Read the attestation before clicking the check box of acknowledgement. From the “Activity Type dropdown menu, select “Annual Reflection & Plan Submission.” In the “Date,” field, select a date within the year for which this reflection and plan are applicable. Respond to the Reflect and Plan prompts. Click “Save” when you are ready to proceed.

From the confirmation screen stating, “Record has been added,” you may click “Add new activity” to report additional CPD activities or click “Return to transcript” to review all CPE and CPD completed for recertification so far. If you notice an error in CPD activities that you’d like to correct, click the “Edit” tab.” In the action column, click “Edit/Del.” To delete the record, click “Delete record” above the “Activity Type” drop down. This cannot be undone. If you wish to edit the record, make appropriate changes and click “Save” when finished. CPD activities completed the year prior cannot be edited or deleted (i.e., 2024 activities cannot be edited/deleted in 2025).

Continuing professional development activities are being implemented as part of the BPS recertification framework in response to feedback from board-certified pharmacists who emphasized the need for flexible, contemporary, interactive, low-cost activities as part of maintaining continued competence in their specialty practice area. CPD offers a process for pharmacists to meet and maintain competencies relevant to their specialty certification and professional practice. CPD has been endorsed and encouraged by several pharmacy organizations, including but not limited to, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Additional Information

Visit the contact us page on the BPS website. To expedite your request, select “CPD” from the first drop down menu when submitting an e-ticket.

You will complete 80 units of assessed CPE via BPS-approved professional development program(s). For the remaining 20 units, you can choose to complete any combination of assessed CPE via BPS-approved professional development program(s) or self-selected, self-reported CPD activities. The necessary plan, reflect, and evaluate components for the 20 units MUST be completed regardless.

Yes, you may earn continuing pharmacy education (CPE) from any ACPE-accredited provider (e.g., state associations, workplace education, certificate training programs offering ACPE credit) to count as CPD units.

BPS will continue listing BPS-approved, assessed CPE professional development program providers for each specialty area on the website. Review a listing of professional development program providers by specialty area by clicking here

BPS will not pre-approve CPD activities, so a public repository of CPD activities will not appear on the BPS website.

“Active–activity pending” means that the certificant has an active certification but has not provided evidence of completion of the minimum of 2 CPE/CPD units annually. Pharmacists are allowed 12 additional months to complete recertification activities to correct the deficiency. If the deficiency is not corrected, board-certified pharmacists in “Active-activity pending” status are subject to action, which may include suspension of certification and/or possible revocation of certification.

CPD Recertification Checklist

Use this one-pager as a guide to stay on track to complete your recertification requirements by the end of your certification cycle.

 

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CPD Activity Verification Letter

CPD Workplace activity evidence

View our CPD Activity Verification Letter template as a reference to employer verification of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities. This sample template illustrates how an employer can verify that a pharmacist completed specific tasks or activities essential for recertification. This is provided as an example and is not the only form of evidence that can be provided to verify completion of CPD activities. Please note, employers should use their company letterhead for the final document.

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CPD Instructional Videos

What is CPD?

Logging CPD Units

CPD Podcast Episode

What is CPD?

Explaining Continuing Professional Development in Pharmacy, with Michelle Estevez

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BPS Recertification Guide

For additional information about continuing professional development (CPD) and the recertification process, please refer to the BPS Recertification Guide.