Frequently Asked Questions

Annual Conference

What should I bring to the annual conference?


We recommend packing business casual attire for the conference. Also, we recommend packing a laptop or tablet that you can use to take notes and follow along with the presentations. Wifi will be provided for you during the conference and you will receive the log in information at the start of the conference. You may also consider bringing a notepad or other paper to take notes during the presentations. If you are attending the Meet And Greet event, bring your organization's swag! Everyone likes swapping cool swag items! Finally, bring some business cards! We guarantee you'll meet some fellow members that you'd like to stay in contact with after the conference.p settings and press "Manage Questions" button.




Are meals provided during the conference?


Yes! Some meals and snacks are provided during the conference. This includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks on conference days. Refer to the Schedule-At-A-Glance to see which days specifically. This schedule will generally be posted within two weeks of the conference.




Is transportation provided from the airport?


No, please plan to share a ride, Uber, Lyft, or call a Taxi for transportation between the airport and the hotel.




Can my school pay for my registration?


Yes! You should request an invoice on the 2020 Conference page. Be sure to scroll all the way down to find the request form. An invoice will be emailed to the "payer's email". Once the invoice has been paid you will be contacted via email to complete the 2020 Conference Registration form.





General

What is PTEC?


PTEC is the only national not-for-profit professional association founded by pharmacy technician educators, for pharmacy technicians educators. For over 20 years, PTEC has worked with national, state, and local professional associations and education providers to promote a single standard for pharmacy technician education. While other organizations may exist, we are the longest running and most established in the industry.




Where do I find a pharmacy technician programs?


There are programs at trade schools, community and private colleges. For a listing of accredited programs, click here.




What kind of educational materials do instructors use?


PTEC members share knowledge, curriculum, and information on our website about their successful programs. Many publishers also have textbook resources. You can also collaborate with other PTEC members to see what they are doing! Join our membership now!




Do I need a teaching certificate to teach a pharmacy technician program?


Many schools ahere to strict accreditation guidelines established by the authorized regional and national accrediting bodies. In many cases, schools require more than three-years full-time work experience, a college degree, national certification and/or registration/licensure with your State Board of Pharmacy. It's best to contact the school in which you are interested to see what they require to join the faculty.




How do I efficiently handle all the documentation required for accreditation?


One method of handling required documentation and paperwork required for accreditation is to utilize a Learning Management System (such as Moodle, Blackboard, Angel, etc) and require students to submit assignments through the system. Such a LMS allows the instructor to annotate and grade assignments. The system also likely allows for analyses of assessments. Another method of handling the required documentation is to utilize a software program such as Microsoft Excel or Access. You can also collaborate with other PTEC members to see what they are doing! Join our membership now!




What is the best way to keep up to date with trends in the pharmacy profession?


There are several ways to keep current with the trends in the pharmacy profession. One, read trade journals (such as Drug Topics, Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, etc.). Secondly, attend pharmacy related conferences such as the PTEC annual conference, ASHP conference or AAPT. You can also collaborate with other PTEC members to see what they are doing! Join our membership now!




Where may I locate an equipment listing for the items needed in my pharmacy lab?


Some states have required equipment regulations in their pharmacy practice act. By reading your state's requirement, you should be able to discern what is required. Also, by understanding what is required in the ASHP accreditation standard, one should be able to determine other items needed in a pharmacy lab setting. Finally, utilize various pharmacy technician related textbooks for photographs and descriptions of equipment used in a lab setting. You can also collaborate with other PTEC members to see what they are doing! Join our membership now!




What is a Corporate Membership?


A corporate membership is for our professional affiliates. This membership grants you acces to the online, member-only forums, professional networking, and opportunities to exhibit at the annual conference.





New/Renew Membership

Can someone from my organization pay for my renewal?


Yes! You can request an invoice be sent to your organization from the Annual Membership page. Complete the form with the "payer's email". An invoice will be sent to this email. Once the invoice has been paid, you will receive an email informing you of the renewal or with instructions on how to set up your new membership account.




I received an email saying my school/organization had paid for my membership, what do I do now?


If you are already a member and your school was only renewing your membership, you do not need to do anything. If you are a first-time member, you will receive an email thanking you for purchasing an annual membership with PTEC. You should click the "visit us" link in that email or navigate to the PTEC website and click "log in". Then click "log in with email". Then click "forgot password". You should enter the same email where you received your new membership notification. You will receive a password reset email with instructions.




How often do I have to renew my membership?


You should renew your membership every 12 months.




What is an Individual Membership?


An annual membership grants you access to the online, member-only forum, access to the floor at the annual general membership meeting, professional networking, voting priviledge in membership matters, and access to CPE at the annual conference.





Online Account

Why did I receive an email saying I purchased a $100 membership?


If you received this email before March 28th, 2020, you received it because your account was transitioned from the old website to this new website. If you received this email after March 28th, 2020, you received it because you purchased a membership with PTEC.




How do I access my online account?


NEW WEBSITE INSTRUCTIONS

1. Each member will have their account transferred to the new website. During this process you will receive an email thanking you for purchasing a $100 membership with PTEC. Do not be alarmed, you have not purchased another membership. This email is sent when you have been manually added to the new website.

2. Once you have received this email you can activate your new account. To do so you should:

a. Click “Visit Us” from the email you received.

b. Click “Log In” at the top right of the screen.

c. Click “Log In with Email”

d. Click “Forgot Password”

e. Enter the email you use with PTEC (e.g. the email account where you received this message). This will be the email you received the previous notification that you purchased a plan with PTEC.

f. You will receive a password reset link to your email. Follow the steps in that email.

Once you are logged in to the website, take a look around!




What if I can't access my account?


Steps/tips to try before contacting the Webmaster: 1. Are you logging in with an email or with google/facebook? If you originally logged in with an email address, you should always log in that way. If you originally logged in with google or facebook, you should always log in that way. 2. Use "forgot password" link to receive a link to the email associated with your account with instructions to reset your password. 3. Use the Contact page to contact the Director of Member Services to determine if your account has expired. 4. If you still cannot access your account after resetting your password follow these instructions to contact Wix directly. Wix is the organization that hosts the domain for the PTEC Website.





Forum

What is the Forum?


The Forum is replacing the Google Group previously used by the PTEC Members.




How do I access the Forum?


The forum is a "member's only" page. Access is granted once you have registered for a paid, annual membership with PTEC. Both individual and corporate members have access to the forum. You must be LOGGED IN to your account to access the forum.




How should I use the Forum?


The forum has two options: discussions and questions. To start a discussion click "Create New Post" > "Start a Discussion". Once you have published your discussion topic members can respond to your discussion prompt and/or reply to each other. To ask a question to your fellow members click "Create New Post" > "Ask a Question". Once you have published your question members can respond to your question and/or reply to each other.




Where are the Google Group discussions?


The Webmaster is digilently working on copying Google Group conversations over to the forum. If you do not see a conversation on the forum, please use the contact us form to reach out to the Webmaster.




How do I receive notifications for the Forum?


First go to the settings page of your profile and make sure you have notifications turned on. Next, go to the Forum page and click the 3 vertical dots. Then click "follow".





Blog

How do I get notifications when PTEC makes a new blog post?


Go to the settings area of your profile and ensure you have notifications for blog posts enabled.




How do I unsubscribe from blog post notifications?


Go to the settings area of your profile and toggle the Subscribe/Unsubscribe button to stop receiving emails about new posts and updates.




What is the Blog used for?


PTEC uses the blog as an announcements page for members. Be sure to have blog post notifications turned on so that you receive email notifications of blog posts.