Since 1992, the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) has recognized psychiatric pharmacy as a specialty with the Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist Certification (BCPP) designation. You can learn more about the BCPP designation at the BPS website at www.bpsweb.org. Pharmacists preparing for the BCPP examination may wish to visit the Certification FAQ and BCPP Examination Preparation pages for valuable information and details regarding the recommended preparatory products-the Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Book and BCPP Prep Series.
Current Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacists (BCPPs) are required to recertify every 7 years. Recertification assures the public and the profession that BPS-certified pharmacist specialists undergo periodic evaluation to verify that their knowledge and skills are maintained. Recertifiers must:
The only BPS certified provider of BCPP recertification education is the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) offering the following 3 products annually in the ACPE and BCPP Recertification credit increments noted.
Please note, candidates who became board certified in the Spring 2016 exam administration window cannot begin accumulating CE hours until December 31, 2016.
2016 BCPP Recertification Programming Products
|Contact Hours||20.0 Hours*||10.0 Hours||5.0 Hours|
|Release Date||January 13, 2016||March 9, 2016||April 17, 2016|
|Examination Deadline||July 13, 2016||September 8, 2016||October 17, 2016|
|Format||Review Book||Journal Articles||Expert Presentations|
BCPP Recertification Credit Available Over a 7-Year Period Beginning in 2016
Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Course*
|BCPP Recertification Live/Self-Study Programming||BCPP Recertification Literature Analysis||Total Contact Hours Available Per Year|
|Maximum Hours Available||
(maximum of 2 Review Courses)
*NOTE: The Examination Review and Recertification Course is a two-year product released at the start of even years (2016, 2018...). Given this revision cycle, individuals cannot repeat the current edition of the Review Course for BCPP Recertification or ACPE credit.