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Q1: What is the difference between the live, virtual and the standalone online course?

A1:  The live (in-person) IV certification training is held in Orlando, FL. The virtual IV certification training is 100% online.

Both the live in-person and virtual certification programs provide ce credits and certification. The VIRTUAL program provides 40 ce credits for both Pharmacists and Pharm techs. 

The standalone online course is self-paced and is most popular with those pressed for time, is knowledge-based and upon passing a final exam, a certificate of completion will be issued upon request as well as a letter of recommendation (conditions apply – more info here – ).

NOTE: The standalone course does not provide CE credits or Certification


Some employers are willing to train on the practical aspects of sterile compounding at your place of employment BUT you must first have the necessary didactic knowledge which this online course provides.

The online course also serves as a review for the Technician CSPT exam and the Pharmacist Board Certified Sterile Compounding Pharmacist exam. The course contains more information than required by the PTCB for those preparing for the CSPT exam.

The online course provides enough information to give you confidence when applying for sterile compounding jobs and to do your job effectively.

The course goes beyond the basics and will help sterile compounding personnel as well as Pharmacy managers because it touches on managerial aspects of sterile compounding as well such as documentation requirements, QA, etc.

Q2: Are there any other costs with the live, virtual or online courses?

A2: For the online course there aren’t any other costs beyond what you pay at checkout. 

For the virtual IV certification course there aren’t any other costs beyond what you pay at checkout. 

For the live (in-person) IV certification course, besides the payment due at checkout, you would also need to buy the sterile compounding manual from Pharmacy Education Resources IF you want to receive CE credits and certification. The manual costs $235 and must be ordered directly BY YOU from Pharmacy Education Resources ONLY AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED AND PAID FOR THE LIVE COURSE FIRST. More info will be in the emails you receive after you enroll.

Q3: Will I get a certificate?

A3: Yes. After attending the live (in-person) IV certification training and virtual IV certification training and successfully passing the validations OR after passing a final exam with a score of 75% or better for the online self-paced course.

If you want a certificate from TSHP as well (applies to live (in-person) class only), you have to request it directly from them and pay the appropriate fee. 

**Note – you must pass a final exam first before any credits and certifications are issued. Also, the exam has to be scheduled and taken at a later date after live class attendance. More details available in the emails you receive after signing up.

For the virtual IV certification program the certificate will be sent after successfully passing the validation evaluations and after the participant sends back the required supplies in the prepaid box.

Q4: What format are the live (in-person) & virtual certification training courses?

A4: The live (in-person) training has an 18 hr home study portion for both Pharmacists and Techs and 2 hr live in-class portion for Pharmacists and 22 hrs live in-class portion for Techs. 

The home study portion consists of reading the manual that must be ordered separately and completing the quizzes at the end of each chapter PLUS reviewing the BONUS slides you get access to. Both have to be reviewed before attending in person.

If you ONLY want training and don’t need or care about CE credits or certification then just reviewing the bonus slides is required before attending the live portion.

The virtual IV certification training is 40 hrs for pharmacy technicians and  Pharmacists with the standalone sterile compounding course included. You also receive a book and access to quizzes, videos, training and evaluation supplies and a live over video evaluation of aseptic skills. Training supplies ARE included.

Q5: Are books included in the price?

A5: Yes & No. For the live (in-person) certification the manual for the course costs extra and IS required. For the online self-paced course no books required. The entire course is online. For the virtual IV certification books are included. (see above)

Q6: What topics does the home infusion course cover?

A6: Please click to view sample topics covered in the course.

Q7: Can you tell me what the EHR portal includes?

A7: The EHR portal contains exercises to solidify what you've learned in the sterile compounding and home infusion courses. Exercises include basic to advanced exercises such as...

  • Reviewing patient charts to determine the appropriateness of prescribed therapy
  • Order entry of IV and PO medications to a patient's chart
  • Discontinuing medications
  • Updating allergies
  • Processing a home infusion Rx that enables you to use critical thinking skills
  • Looking up drug information to determine which monitoring parameters should be taken into account
  • Determining whether a particular medication requires a patient assessment
  • And more...enhance your critical thinking skills.
  • Get FREE access (valued at $150) if you sign up for the home infusion course.

Q8: What’s the difference between sterile products training for certification and sterile compounding and IV compounding certification training?

A8: Sterile products training for certification, sterile compounding certification and IV compounding certification are different terms for the same training which essentially includes training and certification for USP 797. Sometimes USP 800 hazardous drugs training is also included when discussing IV or sterile compounding or sterile products training for certification purposes.

Q9: Is this certification valid in Texas and other states that require IV certification?

A9: Yes. It is a national certification from an ACPE accredited institution and is valid in all states that require Pharmacists and Techs to be IV certified.

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Q10: What is the prerequisite for enrolling in the hazardous drugs certification course?

A10: Successfully completing and becoming certified in sterile compounding.

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