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 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 product-the BCPP Examination Review and Recertification Course (not for credit version).

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:

  • Achieve a passing score on the 100-item multiple choice BPS recertification examination, based on the content outline of the certification examination; OR
  • Earn 100 hours of continuing education credit provided by a professional development program approved by BPS.

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 2015 exam administration window cannot begin accumulating CE hours until December 31, 2015.

2015 BCPP Recertification Programming Products
Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Course*

BCPP Recertification Literature Analysis

BCPP Recertification Live/Self-Study Programming
Contact Hours 20.0 Hours 10.0 Hours 5.0 Hours
Release Date January 12, 2015 March 9, 2015 April 19, 2015
Examination Deadline July 12, 2015 September 9, 2015 October 16, 2015
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*NOTE: The Examination Review and Recertification Course is a two-year product released at the start of even years (2014, 2016...). Given this revision cycle, individuals cannot repeat the current edition of the Review Course for BCPP Recertification or ACPE credit.

BCPP Recertification Credit Available Over a 7-Year Period Beginning in 2015

Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Course*

BCPP Recertification Live/Self-Study Programming BCPP Recertification Literature Analysis Total Contact Hours Available Per Year
2015 20 5 10 35
2016 20 5 10 35
2017 20 5 10 35
2018 20 5 10 35
2019 20 5 10 35
2020 20 5 10 35
2021 20 5 10 35
Maximum Hours Available 40
(maximum of 2 Review Courses)
35 70 145