ASHP Professional Certificates: A Versatile Professional Development Opportunity for Individuals, Institutions, and Schools of Pharmacy


Professional Certificates

ASHP Professional Certificates were developed in direct response to the need for high-quality professional development opportunities for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other healthcare personnel on specific clinical, practice, administrative, and career development topics. Each certificate consists of a series of online learning modules. Participants claim continuing education credit as each module is completed and then pass a comprehensive exam and/or practice exercise to earn the professional certificate.

Earning an ASHP Professional Certificate is separate and distinct from pursuing board certification. Professional certificate curriculums are developed to enhance a learner’s knowledge and increase skills in specific practice or career development subjects. Professional certificates are designed for pharmacy professionals or other healthcare professionals who want to advance their practice. Professional certificates do not require an accredited residency or a minimum number of years of practice in order to complete the activities and earn a certificate.

Institutions and large health systems are recognizing the benefits of acquiring a customized catalog of professional certificates for their pharmacy personnel. Directors and managers have administrator access to review employee progress, key benchmarks, and certificate completion. Colleges of pharmacy are also considering using professional certificates to supplement topics that are more challenging to adequately cover in school curriculums.

ASHP is proud to currently offer 23 professional certificates on a multitude of practice areas with a strong pipeline of new and updated certificates set to launch in the coming months. New and refreshed topics scheduled to launch in late 2021 and early 2022 include:

  • Mental Health Support Certificate (new)
  • Informatics Certificate
  • Compounded Sterile Preparations Certificate-BCSCP Prep
  • Practical Training in Compounding Sterile Preparations Certificate-PTCB-recognized
  • Nutrition Support Certificate
  • Weight Management Certificate (new, March 2022)
  • Emergency Medicine Certificate
  • Telehealth Certificate (new, April 2022)
  • Non-Malignant Hematology Certificate (new, April 2022)
  • Basics in Cardiology Certificate (new, May 2022)
  • Research Skills Certificate (new, May 2022)

To view a complete list of all current and upcoming certificates, or to learn more visit ashp.org/certificates.