Certification Program

NCPDP’s Certifications are designed to help professionals achieve and showcase industry-recognized levels of proficiency and mastery of specific NCPDP standards. The NCPDP Certification Program provides members and qualifying non-members, an opportunity to obtain a distinguished certification based on the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of implementing NCPDP Standards accurately and effectively.

Certification Exams Offered

NCPDP SCRIPT v.10.6 Standard (NSC)
Registration is now open for the May exam session which will be offered during the May Work Group Meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday May 7, 2018 from 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Save the date and make your travel arrangements early!

The NCPDP SCRIPT v.10.6 Certification Exam is based on the use and practice of current SCRIPT standard. Each Certification exam is composed of 70 questions (multiple choice, true/false) and must be completed within 90 minutes. When a new version of the Standard is available additional exam questions will be added to the base exam and those who have already attained the prerequisite versions of the standard will only have to take the additional exam questions to become certified in the next version (additional exam fees will apply).

*Certification in SCRIPT v10.6 will be a prerequisite to become certified in subsequent versions of the standard. The subsequent exams will have a reduced set of questions that ONLY test over the new version of the standard.

Eligibility Requirements

Any NCPDP member in good standing or any "qualifying" non-member* is eligible to take the Certification Exam and become NCPDP Certified.

*To be considered a "qualifying" non-member, there must be an individual within the non-member’s company who is a current NCPDP member in good standing. Each NCPDP member can have up to 3 qualifying non-members register under their NCPDP member number.

All non-members will be vetted once they have registered for the exam. Once this is complete, a confirmation email will be sent. Since non-members of NCPDP do not have access to the standards, the referring NCPDP member may need to assist by sharing information to study for the exam. A study guide is available to help each test tester focus on specific areas of the standard.

Qualifying non-members need a NCPDP member to recommend them. NCPDP members can recommend non-members here by typing in their name and email.

Application Process

Certification applicants must apply online and complete the exam application in its entirety and submit with payment. All applicants must agree to a NCPDP Standards Certification Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Exam Delivery Options

Exam takers have 3 options available:


See page 4 of the Applicant Handbook for more details.

What are the Costs?

The cost per each NCPDP Certification exam for members is $325 and $575 for qualifying non-members. Please be sure to read our cancellation and change exam policies. Refer to Eligibility Requirements to determine if you are a qualifying non-member.

Rescheduling or Cancelling an Exam

To change or cancel your exam, you must do so at least 72 hours prior to your scheduled exam.


Note: If you have registered and scheduled an exam at a Kryterion testing site, you cannot transfer the appointment to another Kryterion testing site that is not served by the same regional center.

Special Accommodations

If you require special testing accommodations for a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, provide your Request for Special Examination Accommodations form and have a medical professional complete the Documentation of Accommodations form to NCPDP at least 45 days prior to your exam date. Information provided will only be used in the determination and making accommodation regarding the special request.

Test Results

Test results are displayed on your computer screen immediately after taking the exam and an email with the results is sent to your email address on record. Additionally you will receive a Certification Award Kit via mail which will contain an official certification.


Test takers who do not successfully pass the exam, will be allowed to take it again “immediately following notification” of exam results. The registration process would remain the same as the initial one. The test taker must re-register online and make full payment for the second exam. If the exam was taken at a work group and this is the preferred option for testing, the test taker would have to register online for the exam offered at a NCPDP work group.

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