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    freeCE offers pharmacy technicians the flexibility to complete this hazardous drug management training at their own pace.
    This specialty certificate is broken into 6 on-demand learner modules.

    Hazardous Drug Management Certificate


    This series is developed based on the blueprint for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s Hazardous Drugs Management Certificate, and pharmacy technicians who complete this series will be prepared to sit for that assessment. 

    Program Description

    Pharmacy technicians play a key role in handling hazardous drugs, including purchasing, receiving, storing, compounding, and cleaning. USP <800> Hazardous Drugs – Handing in Healthcare Settings has increased the visibility of worker safety and introduced a role that can be filled by an advanced level pharmacy technician: the Designated Person.

    Our unique approach to pharmacy education has made freeCE the industry standard and a favorite learning resource among pharmacy technician professionals.

    PLUS, when you complete your training, you can earn a Credly Badge to show off your specialized training! Digital badges provide a simple and verifiable way to notify your network about your new skill sets.

    Introduction to Handling Hazardous Drugs
    This module will cover identifying drugs that are hazardous to healthcare professionals and review the best practices to minimize contamination and risk to the technician.

    Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs
    This module will cover safe handling of hazardous drugs, including use of personal protective equipment, best practices for transferring drugs from receipt through storage, and how to handle situations where damaged containers may be encountered. quantities and concentrations of ingredients. Step-by-step example problems will be presented to assist the learner with honing this important skill.

    Hazardous Drug Facility Design
    This module will cover the two types of facilities used for compounding hazardous drugs (cleanroom suites and containment segregated compounding areas), the use of hazardous drug storage rooms, and designing areas to package hazardous drugs that are in final dosage forms.

    Compounding, Dispensing, and Administering Hazardous Drugs
    This module will review the specific PPE required and recommended when handling hazardous drugs based on the process (compounding, dispensing, or administering) and how PPE needs to be discarded. Use of closed system drug-transfer devices for compounding and administering hazardous drugs will be reviewed.

    Cleaning and Disposal Processes for Hazardous Drugs
    This module will review the cleaning process, including deactivation, decontamination, cleaning, and sanitizing hazardous drug areas. Procedures related to cleaning and disposal will be reviewed, including management of spills, proper disposal, and how hazardous drugs surfaces can be monitored using wipe sampling, and how personnel can be monitored using a medical surveillance program.

    Summary of Key Elements of Handling Hazardous Drugs
    This written module is review and not accredited. It will review the key elements of safe handling of hazardous drugs, including identification, Assessment of Risk, facility design, best practices for handlings, and proper cleaning and disposal.



    Patti Kienle, RPh, MPA, BCSCP, FASHP

    Patricia Kienle is the Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety for Cardinal Health. She received her pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She completed an Executive Fellowship in Patient Safety from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an adjunct clinical faculty member at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and as President of the Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Pharmacists. She is a Fellow of ASHP, was named Pharmacist of the Year by PSHP, and the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice from the American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, the Distinguished Leadership Award from ASHP, and the John W. Webb Lecture Award from ASHP. She has served on the Pharmacotherapy Specialty Council of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, the Hospital Professional and Technical Advisory Committee of The Joint Commission, and on the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation. She is a current member of the USP Compounding Expert Committee. Patti is the author of Compounding Sterile Preparations: ASHP’s Visual Guide to Chapter <797> video and Companion Guide, The Nonsterile Compounding Answer Book: A Guide to Contemporary Best Practices, The Sterile Compounding Answer Book: A Guide to Contemporary Best Practices, The Chapter <800> Answer Book, and co-author of Meeting Accreditation Standards: A Pharmacy Preparation Guide. With over 500 invited presentations and 50 publications, she has special interests in promoting medication safety, compounding sterile preparations, accreditation, and regulatory issues.

    Some important notes to remember regarding the PTET - Hazardous Drug Management Certificate:

    • Registration costs $59 for members, $159 for non-members.
    • Once you have completed the specialty certificate, you are eligible to claim a sharable digital badge. Learn more about badges here.
    • This program's final exam consists of 25 unique multiple-choice questions.
    • You have only three (3) attempts to pass the final exam.
    • You may not leave the final exam in the middle and return at a later time.
    • The final exam has no time limit; however, we recommend that you write the answers down in case you lose your Internet connection or get interrupted while taking the exam.
    • You will earn continuing education credit as you complete each activity, totaling 2.5 credits upon final completion
    • You will have 12 months to complete the specialty certificate before it expires from your account.
    • This specialty certificate is ONLY accredited for pharmacy technicians.


    Pharmacy Technician Enhanced Training: Hazardous Drug Management