Recertification Overview

BPS Recertification

BPS requires all board-certified pharmacists to recertify every seven years. Recertification assures the public and the profession that certified practitioners undergo periodic evaluation. The purpose of recertification is to help ensure that the credential holder demonstrates a continued commitment to maintaining and further developing the competencies necessary for safe and effective practice in that specialty area. BPS defines continuing competence as the board certified pharmacist’s ability to maintain knowledge, skills, or abilities demonstrated at the time of initial certification throughout the time the board certified pharmacist maintains active board certification status.

Pathways to Recertification

For certification cycles beginning January 1, 2023 or earlier: Achieve passing score on the recertification examination by the end of the 7 year recertification cycle.

For certification cycles beginning January 1, 2024 or later: Achieve passing score on the recertification examination and earn 20 units of continuing professional development (CPD) by the end of the 7 year recertification cycle.

For certification cycles beginning January 1, 2023 or earlier: Complete the total required assessed continuing pharmacy education (CPE) units from a BPS-approved professional development program.

For certification cycles beginning January 1, 2024 or later: Complete at least 80 units of assessed continuing pharmacy education (CPE) from a BPS-approved professional development programs and earn 20 units of continuing professional development (CPD) by the end of the 7 year recertification cycle.

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Recertification Fees

Annual Certification Maintenance Fee

All BPS-certified pharmacists are required to pay a $125 USD annual certification maintenance fee from year 1 to year 6. The annual certification maintenance fee is not required in the seventh (final) year of a certification cycle. An invoice will be sent to each certificant via email annually in May (including the first year). Payment is due by July 1.

Pharmacists holding more than one BPS certification pay one annual certification maintenance fee. Certificants (including those holding more than one certification) are required to submit the $400 recertification fee with their recertification application in their seventh (final) year for each specialty.

Multi-certified pharmacists delisting a credential in a recertification year are required to pay the annual certification maintenance fee for the remaining active credential(s). Effective January 1, 2025, multi-certified pharmacists in a recertification year who don’t complete recertification requirements for a specialty they decide not to renew are required to pay the annual certification maintenance fee for the remaining active credential(s).

Failure to pay the annual fee by July 1 results in a change from “active” to “activity pending” certification status, which will display on the public directory, Find a Board Certified Pharmacist. Remittance of the annual maintenance fee will result in return to “active” status.

Recertification Application Fees are as follows:

The recertification application fee for recertifying by examination or CPE is $400 USD.

The recertification examination retake application fee is $200 USD.

Recertification Examination

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 and avoid lapse of certification. The recertification application must be submitted to register for the examination.  

For specialties in continuous testing, BPS recommends that a candidate sit for their recertification examination by October 15 in their recertification year to ensure a score is issued by December 31.

For details on recertification by examination, review the Recertification Guide.

Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE)

Certificants have the option to maintain their credential via assessed CPE from BPS-approved program provider programs. CPE units are reported in real time by program provider(s). If recertification activities aren’t accurately reflecting in MyBPS, providers are the best resource for timely and accurate reporting of progress.

Review BPS-approved Professional Development Provider(s) for your specialty here

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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.

The updated recertification framework will begin by applying to board-certified pharmacists who start a new recertification cycle in 2024. Pharmacists newly certified in 2023, or board-certified pharmacists who successfully recertified in 2023, were the first cohort. The framework will then be applied each year until it is applicable to all board-certified pharmacists in 2030.

Board-certified pharmacists subject to the CPD-recertification framework must record their annual reflection and plan (ARP) in their MyBPS profile annually and earn a minimum of 2 units (via CPD activities or assessed CPE via BPS-approved professional development program) during each year of their cycle. 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.

Year Certified or Recertified

Certification 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, 2031

This table is based on the typical 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 recertification cycle after completion of the extension year.

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*
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 hour 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 unique capstone, thesis, or dissertation 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 completed project 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 projectLetter of attestation from management10 hours of participation will be awarded 1 unit510
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. 

Additional CPD Resources

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.

CPD Annual Reflection and Plan

Board-certified pharmacists subject to the CPD-recertification framework must record their annual reflection and plan (ARP) in their MyBPS profile annually and earn a minimum of 2 units (via CPD activities or assessed CPE via BPS-approved professional development program) during each year of their cycle. 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.

To document your Annual Reflection & Plan, log in to MyBPS

  1. In the “Recertification” section, under the “Action” column, click “report Activity.”
  2. Click the orange “Add Activity Record” button.
  3. Read the attestation before clicking the check box of acknowledgement.
  4. From the “Activity Type” dropdown menu, select “Annual Reflection & Plan Submission.”
  5. In the “Date,” field, select a date within the year for which this reflection and plan are applicable.
  6. Respond to the Reflect and Plan prompts.
  7. Click “Save” when you are ready to proceed.
Extension Request Application

If a certificant is unable to complete the total required CPE or does not achieve a passing score on the recertification examination, an extension request application can be submitted by December 31. A recertification application must be submitted and approved prior to submitting an extension request. Certificants may receive a one-year, one-time extension at the sole discretion of BPS. An extension is only granted one time during the life of a certification. 

If an extension is granted, the certificant is bound to fulfill the recertification requirements of their current cycle within the extension year. New recertification requirements do not begin until a certificant fully completes their previous recertification cycle.  

Steps to submit an extension request application: 

  1. Log-in to your MyBPS profile. 
  2. Click on the “Recertify” link in the recertification section of your portal home screen. BPS must first approve the recertification application before you can request an extension. 
  3. Once the recertification application is approved, the “Request Extension” link will become available. 
  4. Complete the extension request application and upload a plan to meet the recertification requirements within the extension year (in PDF or JPG format). 
    • Provide specific reasons for not being able to meet recertification requirements by December 31. 
    • Outline a plan to meet all recertification requirements (either by earning the total CPE or passing the recertification examination) by December 31 of the extension year, if approved. 
    • The Extension Request must be submitted by December 31 of your recertification year. 
    • Requests are approved within 15 business days of the submission date. The plan uploaded to the extension request application determines the final recertification route. Certificants must notify BPS staff via the contact us webpage if interested in changing their recertification route during their extension year. 

The credential remains active during the extension year. If recertification requirements are not completed by December 31 of the extension year, the certification will lapse and the certificant will be removed from the Find a Board-Certified Pharmacist directory on the BPS Website.  

Click here for more details on submitting a request for extension.

Failure to Complete Recertification

All recertification requirements must be completed by December 31 of the recertification year. If requirements are not met, the certification will lapse, and the individual will be removed from the official roster of BPS-certified pharmacists. Once removed from the roster, individuals may no longer use the designation or initials associated with that specialty (e.g., Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, BCPS) nor display the BPS certificate.

Reinstatement of your certification can only be achieved by successful completion of the entire certification process, including submitting an application, meeting eligibility requirements, paying all applicable fees, and successfully passing the certification examination.

For more details, refer to the BPS Candidate’s Guide.

Frequently Asked Questions