1. What is Recertification?
  2. Who provides BCPP Recertification Programming?
  3. What Recertification Programming is available through CPNP annually?
  4. Describe the Recertification Programming.
  5. Is there an examination associated with the CPNP recertification hours?
  6. Why aren’t other hours within the CPNP Annual Meeting allowed to qualify as recertification credits?
  7. I annually attend other educational programs; can they be qualified for recertification credits?
  8. Do recertification credits also qualify for ACPE credits?
  9. How do I know how many recertification hours I have accumulated?

What is Recertification?

Recertification assures the BPS-certified pharmacist, along with the public and the profession at large, that specialty skills and knowledge are maintained at exceptional levels and comparable to newly certified practitioners.

Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacists are required to recertify every 7 years through one of two methods:

  • Sitting for and successfully completing the BCPP examination through BPS.
  • Completing 100 hours of BPS (Board of Pharmacy Specialties) approved BCPP Recertification programming.

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Who provides BCPP Recertification Programming?

BPS has approved CPNP as the sole provider of BCPP Recertification programming.

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What Recertification Programming is available through CPNP annually?

Each year CPNP provides 45 hours of BCPP Recertification programming as follows:

  • Five hours of Recertification Programming via the Clinical Application Series, presented live at the CPNP Annual Meeting. This is also available online as a distance education program.
  • Five hours of of Recertification Programming via the Psychopharmacology Pearls.
  • Five hours of of Recertification Programming via the From Theory to Practice Case Series.
  • Ten hours of Recertification Programming via the Literature Analysis.
  • Twenty hours of Recertification Programming via the Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Course.

Each component can be purchased separately and each provides ACPE credit identical to the amount of BCPP recertification credit.

Please note, candidates who become board certified and recertified must wait until the following calendar year to begin accumulating CE hours for recertification.

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Describe the Recertification Programming.

The Clinical Application Series is delivered at the CPNP Annual Meeting but is also recorded and delivered online for those wishing to take this programming as a distance education component. Successful completion of an online examination is required.

The Psychopharmacology Pearls is provided as a distance education component and consists of up to five clinical review articles focused on single disorders, or on one or more distinct aspects of a single psychiatric, neurologic, or substance use disorder. Authored by leading experts in the field and hosted in CPNP’s peer-reviewed journal, The Mental Health Clinician (MHC), the case-based monographs offer therapeutic advice based on both evidence and longstanding clinical experience.

The From Theory to Practice Case Series is provided as a distance education component and provides the opportunity to study a complex psychiatric case comorbid with a medical diagnosis and associated complex medication regimen. Each case is focused on a specific psychiatric disease state with participants following one patient through several encounters over a period of time.

The Literature Analysis programming is provided as a distance education component and consists of a series of articles for study and an online examination.

The core topic areas to be covered annually within the Recertification Programming include:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Neurology and Substance Abuse
  • Other Topics
  • Special Populations

The Review Course is designed to assist the practitioner in developing and maintaining contemporary knowledge and skills at the psychiatric pharmacy specialty level. Course content is structured to provide a comprehensive review of the three psychiatric pharmacy domains specified by the Specialty Council in the current edition of the BPS Candidate's Guide. Inclusion of the Review Course as part of the recertification program is critical in ensuring the BCPP has systematically reviewed and assessed his/her core knowledge in the psychiatric specialty practice.

Between all 5 products, CPNP provides coverage of all 3 domains with concentrations matching the percentages and content requirements as outlined in the BCPP Content Outline. This balanced, consistent domain coverage recognizes that recertifiers purchase various components and may not purchase consistently year after year. CPNP can then ensure that the recertifying BCPP has access to the proper proportion of education on all domains at the conclusion of their recertification cycle.

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Is there an examination associated with the CPNP recertification hours?

An assessment piece is required by BPS for the approved recertification program. Each component has its own examination. Examinations are due approximately 6 months after release date. Candidates must achieve the determined cut-off score to successfully complete the examination(s). Cut-off scores for each component are determined annually using a panel of experts.

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Why aren’t other hours within the CPNP Annual Meeting allowed to qualify as recertification credits?

The Annual Meeting is generally thematically based not curricular based. Recertification programming undergoes a specific design, planning and implementation process not applied to the Annual Meeting programming.

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I annually attend other educational programs. Can they be qualified for recertification credits?

No. These providers have not been approved by BPS as recertification providers; and would have to go through the process of responding to BPS’ RFP to get such approval. A key difference in the CPNP offerings is that the recertification programming is curricular-based and an assessment of the registrant's comprehension of and competence with the material presented is included. Other educational programs would have to undergo a similar design process and develop assessment procedures consistent with BPS requirements for recertification credit. Additionally, other providers would need to apply to be recognized providers of recertification credit as CPNP has done.

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Do recertification credits also qualify for ACPE credits?

Yes, recertification programming also meets ACPE standards and ACPE credit is available. CPNP reports to CPE Monitor within 1 month of the event and provides transcripts online on the CPNP website.

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How do I know how many recertification hours I have accumulated?

CPNP offers a transcript feature on the CPNP website. Here you can search by year and by range of years for all BCPP recertification credits you have taken whether through CPNP or ASHP.

You can also contact BPS by phone at 202-429-7591, by fax at 202-429-6304, at www.bpsweb.org, and by email at bps@aphanet.org for assistance.

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