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QP503A Certification: Recertification Requirements

Please follow the steps below for Recertification at least three months prior to the expiration of your QP503A credential:

Step 1: Download the Attestation Form which must be completed. The Attestation form is where the Applicant’s work supervisor confirms employment and attests that the applicant continues to perform sterile compounding duties.

Step 2: Complete all CriticalPoint Sterile Compounding eLessons and the 3 required math lessons within one year of the recertification due date (this is to ensure that the Applicant has likely completed the most recent versions of the eLearning regardless of whether they have previously completed them in the recertification period).

Step 3: Prepare one of the following:

  • Author a published article regarding sterile compounding practice or inspection (submit the article and the citation).
  • Complete a teaching project on sterile compounding work practice to 10 or more individuals (submit the pdf slide deck, Learning Objectives and evaluations from participants).
  • Provide proof of completion of 6 live CPE hours (from one or several courses within the recertification period) obtained through live training in sterile compounding. Examples may include CriticalPoint’s Aseptic Training Class or Environmental Sampling Class. Other CPE may be accepted provided it was at least 6 ACPE-approved credit hours and was related directly to sterile compounding. If live training presentations are not ACPE-approved, the curriculum and learning objectives must be submitted to CriticalPoint for approval.

Step 4: Visit the CriticalPoint QP503A Recertification Application Page and complete the following:

  • QP503A Recertification Application to provide some basic demographic and contact information as well as confirming all Sterile Compounding eLessons and required math lessons have been completed.
  • Upload the completed Attestation Form.
  • Upload the evidence gathered for Step 3 (uploaded files may be pdf, doc, docx, jpg, bmp).
  • Pay the $279 recertification fee.

Within 10 business days of uploading this material, applicants will be notified whether submitted material was accepted. If accepted, the QP503A Post Test will be loaded into the Applicant’s CriticalPoint LMS account.

Step 5: Retake the QP503A Post Test and pass with a score of at least 80%. The Post Test is comprised of over 200 questions of which 87 are pulled randomly reflecting each topic from the sterile compounding and aseptic training. The questions are updated each year to reflect current practice and passing this test demonstrates that the applicant understands the application of current material. Applicants will have 30 days after the day the Post Test is activated in their account to retake it. Applicants may retake the Post Test up to 3 times and may use any training materials at their disposal while taking it.

Step 6: When an applicant passes the Post Test, a temporary certificate will be available for download from the LMS. Within 6 weeks CriticalPoint will send a raised seal certificate that is suitable for framing.