Recertification by Exam

Test Dates and Locations

BPS offers two examination windows. The Spring window is offered between April and May. The Fall window is offered between September and October. The Recertification Exam may only be taken once during either window.


Candidates opting to sit for the recertification examination may sit at any of the domestic and international locations BPS will be offering the certification examination. For a complete listing, please click here.

Examination Format and Content

All BPS exams will be in a computer-based format. There are 100 multiple-choice questions from the current year’s Specialty Certification Examination on each recertification test. Four possible answers are provided for each question, with only ONE designated as the correct or best choice. It is to the candidate’s advantage to answer every question on the examination, since the final score is based on the total number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for selecting an incorrect choice.

A recertification examination does not attempt to test all of a candidate’s knowledge in the specialized practice area. The examination samples the knowledge and skills required to perform the tasks in each of the major areas of responsibility of the specialty as defined through a role delineation study. Mastery of the knowledge and skills involved in this defined scope of specialized practice is necessary for board certification, regardless of the particular activities in which an applicant is involved.

BPS provides a list of the domains, tasks, and knowledge statements specific to each specialty practice area to prospective candidates. This Content Outline is developed through a nationwide study of the work pharmacists perform in academic, community and institutional settings and also notes the percentage of items per domain. All BPS specialty certification examinations reflect current, best practices at the time they are constructed — approximately six months prior to administration.

New regulations, drugs and therapies are incorporated annually into the exam content. Official United States Adopted Name (USAN) generic names are used for all drug products, when possible.

All exams will be proctored by representatives from an independent third-party test administrator. No one is permitted in the testing room during the examination except for the candidates and BPS-authorized representatives.

Important Details

  • All non-test materials such as books, cell phones, PDAs, pagers, papers, cameras, recorders, purses, hats and jackets must be stored in areas designated for that purpose.