Pharmacist Renewal FAQs
- What is the cost for a Pharmacist renewal? $135, payable only by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.
- How do I log in? On the Licensure Gateway page, choose the PERSONAL LICENSES tab and enter in your username and password.
- I forgot my username, what do I do? Click on the FORGOT USERNAME tile and follow the prompts.
- I forgot my password, what do I do? Click on the FORGOT PASSWORD tile and follow the prompts.
- I'm logged in and I don’t see the renewal application, where is it? Once logged in, scroll down to LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES and there you will you see a tile with a banner that says to renew, click on the banner. On the next page, click on RENEW and that will take you to the renewal application.
- What are the CE requirements for Pharmacists? All Pharmacists are required to have, at minimum, a total of 15 hours to renew every year. Five (5) of those hours are required to be LIVE hours.
- What types of CE does the NCBOP accept? As per our rule change in 2018, we now only accept:
- ACPE accredited CE
- NCAP accredited CE (North Carolina Association of Pharmacists)
- Preceptor for an instate pharmacy school student
- Are any of the CE requirements being waived this year due to COVID 19? No. The Board spoke to this issue on June 16, 2020 and communicated the following:
LIVE CONTINUING EDUCATION IN THE TIME OF COVID. As pharmacists know, Board Rule .2201 requires fifteen hours of continuing pharmacy education each year as a condition of licensure renewal. Five (5) of those hours must be live. Board staff have fielded occasional calls from pharmacists concerned about this requirement in the time of COVID. Pharmacists are reminded that the Board has always accepted remote continuing education as live if it is, in fact, live and allows attendees to participate in real time: http://www.ncbop.org/faqs/Pharmacist/faq_InternetCE.htm.
These types of CE programs are widely, and readily, available.
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) maintains the Pharmacists’ Learning Assistance Network (P.L.A.N.), which provides an easy method of searching thousands of ACPE-accredited CE offerings using a number of variables – including live, on-line programs: https://plan.acpe-accredit.org/
The North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, which Rule .2201 recognizes as a CE accrediting organization, maintains a listing of CE opportunities here: https://www.ncpharmacists.org/content.asp?contentid=158
The Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences provides accredited CE programming, including live, on-line programs: https://cphs.campbell.edu/centers-programs/continuing-professional-education/
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy likewise provides accredited CE programming, including live, on-line programs: https://pharmacy.unc.edu/practice/continuing-education/
- Is there a grace period for renewal and earning CE? Yes. The Board allows a 60-day grace period after the December 31st deadline. During that time, you may obtain CE and renew, with no penalty.
- How do I enter my CE on the renewal? On the renewal, you will simply attest that you’ve met the requirement and then choose the type of CE that you obtained. A full list of your CE will be kept on NABP’s website, under your e-profile number (CPE monitor).
- How many hours of Immunization-related CE do I need to maintain my Immunization Certification? You need 3 hours every 2 years to maintain your Immunization Certification.
- Can those hours count toward my 15 hours of required CE? Yes.
- Do those hours need to be live? No. The hours can be either or live or correspondence.
- Can the 3 hours of CPR count as the 3 hours of immunization-related CE? No. Maintenance of the CPR certification is a stand-alone requirement under the vaccination rule.
- I completed the immunization certification course in the past, but I haven’t been administering vaccines, do I need to re-take the course? No.
- What are the requirements to be an immunizing pharmacist? The immunizing pharmacist must have a current provider-level CPR certification prior to administering vaccines, must begin obtaining required biennial immunization-specific CE, and must obtain training to participate in North Carolina Immunization Registry as required by the immunizing pharmacist statute.
- How do I update my certified vaccinator status with the Board?
- Log in on the Licensure Gateway page with your username and password
- Once logged in, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Pharmacist tile
- On the next page, under License Options, there is a tile for Vaccinator. If it’s white, then that means we don’t have you listed as a vaccinator in our database. If it’s green, then we do have you listed as a vaccinator. To change the color of the box, click on it.
- What is this CSRS question? If you are working in a pharmacy that dispenses controlled substances, then you must be registered or have applied to be registered with the CSRS (Controlled Substance Report System).
- Who can I contact about CSRS? The CSRS is managed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. To access the CSRS website, visit https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/mhddsas/ncdcu/csrs. Please contact them directly if you have questions at 855-962-4767. Technical assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Should you have any policy questions in the meantime, you may contact CSRS at by email at NCCSRS@dhhs.nc.gov.
- I’m a CPP, do I have to renew my CPP license separately from my Pharmacist license? Yes. There is a tile next to your Pharmacist tile that has a banner to renew. Click on the banner, then click RENEW and it will take you to the CPP renewal application. The renewal fee is $50.
- I've finished my renewal; how do I print my certificate? After your payment has gone through, you’ll receive a CONFIRMATION PAGE. To navigate back to your main menu, click HOME. Once there, scroll down and click on the PHARMACIST tile under LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES and it will take you to a new page. Once there, click on PRINT ANNUAL CERTIFICATE.
- What happens if I don’t renew my license? Your license status will move to INACTIVE if not renewed by the March 1 deadline and you are no longer allowed to work as a pharmacist in NC.
Contact Board staff with questions.