cpe_logo_187pxProvided through the collaborative efforts of NABP, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and ACPE-accredited providers, the CPE Monitor Service allows you to electronically keep track of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits from ACPE-accredited providers. To be able to view and track these credits, you must:

  1. Set up an NABP e-Profile to receive your e-Profile ID.
  2. Register for CPE Monitor and enter all of your licenses/certifications.
  3. Provide your e-Profile ID and your date of birth (MMDD) when submitting CPE claims to ACPE-accredited providers.
    Providing accurate data to NABP and CPE providers is extremely important to ensuring that CPE claims are transmitted without error upon first submission.

How CPE Monitor Works

You will receive a unique ID after setting up your e-Profile with NABP and registering for CPE Monitor. ACPE-accredited providers are set up to transmit data through the CPE Monitor system. This means that you will need to provide your NABP e-Profile ID and date of birth (MMDD) when you register for CPE or submit a request for credit.

Providers have up to 60 days from the date of your activity to submit CPE claim data to ACPE. If you do not submit your credit to the CPE provider by the provider’s submission deadline, the provider will be unable to submit your claim to ACPE for transmission to your e-Profile. Always submit CPE activity claims as soon as possible upon completion of a CPE activity.

Please note that some providers have deadlines that are less than 60 days (eg, 30 days) due to the fact that they require more time to process a CPE activity claim and transmit it to ACPE. Check with the individual providers for their submission deadlines.

Currently, CPE Monitor only stores data from ACPE-accredited CPE providers. Non-ACPE provider data will not be transmitted to CPE Monitor nor can it be added manually. Pharmacists and technicians will need to submit proof of non-ACPE-accredited CPE directly to the board of pharmacy.

The following shows how CPE data flows through the CPE Monitor system.

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CPE and License/Registration Renewal for Pharmacists and Technicians

All of the US boards of pharmacy require pharmacists to participate in CPE activities as a prerequisite for license renewal. In addition, more than one-third of jurisdictions have CPE requirements that technicians must meet in order to maintain their license, certification, or registration.

In the past, boards of pharmacy have had to rely on paper-based auditing processes. Now boards have the option of requesting reports on CPE activity for their licensees through CPE Monitor. This means your board may no longer require that you send paper copies of CPE statements of credit for activities from ACPE-accredited providers. Check with your board(s)  to learn the preferred process for submitting proof of CPE credits as well as for the amount of CPE required each year.

Is your renewal date approaching? If yes, it is a good time to update the expiration date in CPE Monitor and check for other data errors in your account. This will ensure that your board receives all of your data if they use CPE Monitor’s electronic reporting capabilities for their auditing process.

Need hard copies of CPE credit information? CPE Monitor provides the option of printing a transcript of CPE activity or printing individual statements for the credit earned from ACPE-accredited providers.

ACPE and CPE Monitor

The CPE Monitor Service was developed through the collaborative efforts of NABP, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and ACPE providers. ACPE sets standards for the education of pharmacists to prepare them for the delivery of pharmacist-provided patient care. ACPE is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of CPE.

Visit ACPE’s website for a directory of accredited CPE providers.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and CPE Monitor

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) develops, maintains, promotes, and administers a nationally accredited certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians. The goal of PTCB’s certification program is to enable pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer greater patient care and service.

Individuals who meet all eligibility requirements and who pass PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). To continue to hold certification, PTCB also requires a specific amount of continuing education be earned each year.

In the future, CE credits may flow from CPE Monitor to PTCB. For now, technicians certified through PTCB will need to report their CE to PTCB when seeking recertification from PTCB.

See PTCB’s website for more information on the certification process and CE requirements.