Most states require national Pharmacy Technician Certification. Two national organizations offer it: the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT). The former, as previously mentioned, offers the PTCE while the latter provides the ExCPT or the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians.
Both exams are quite similar, but there are a few differences. Both of them are computer-based and multiple-choice type, but the number of questions and time limit differ. For ExCPT, it is composed of 120 questions and 20 of which are pretest questions or uncredited items. It also takes two hours and ten minutes.
Furthermore, the questions for ExCPT fall under three general areas, which are: Regulations and Technician Duties, Drugs and Drug Products, and The Dispensing Process. When you compare it to PTCE, the PTCB exam consists of 90 questions, 10 of which are unscored, the content is organized into nine domains and, lastly, it takes two hours.