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How Do I Get Sterile Compounding Certification?

In order to qualify for sterile compounding certification you must be a registered and licensed pharmacist (Rph) or a registered, licensed and certified pharmacy technician (CPhT).

Sterile compounding certification is also known as sterile products certification or IV compounding certification and is an advanced certification for those who wish to transition into a sterile compounding pharmacy setting such as in a hospital, home infusion, 503B FDA regulated outsourcing facilities that compound sterile medications, or facilities that offer sterility testing services and more.

A Few Benefits Of Getting Your Sterile Compounding Certification

  1. Escape your dead-end, monotonous, always understaffed, unfulfilling job.
  2. Gain greater recognition for your effort and academic achievement by becoming IV certified.
  3. Get potentially higher pay.
  4. Open doors to new opportunities in the field of sterile compounding in pharmacy and outside of it.
  5. Gain new skills that can help advance your career further.
  6. Easier to climb up the career ladder when you’re certified in sterile products, sterile compounding or IV compounding. Remember? Different terms for the same training.
  7. Transition into a more fulfilling career within Pharmacy with options to explore other careers outside pharmacy in drug manufacturing, sterility testing, sterile compounding equipment certification and more.

Is Sterile Compounding Certification Really Necessary?

Yes. Some facilities such as large hospitals require IV certification even if you have experience and have worked in sterile compounding settings for years. The trend is shifting and most managers and recruiters want to see IV certification on your resume.


Due to budget constraints and understaffing, most facilities don’t have the time to train new employees from scratch. There will still exist a training program specific to the procedures and processes for that facility.

However, don’t expect employers to train you on the basics that you should already know before applying for a particular sterile compounding job. Becoming IV certified is HIGHLY recommended if you want to stand a chance at being selected for the position.

On the other hand, there are some employers that have an established training program BUT still require the applicant to have the necessary didactic knowledge. And as far as the practical training is concerned, that would take place on the job.

BUT if you’re IV certified than your resume gets a closer look. Any way you look at it, IV Certification is necessary and recommended and separates you from other applicants who didn’t want to invest in their future. 

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