CPBS | PBM Education & Training

How to become a Certified Pharmacy Benefits Specialist.

  • Step 1: Read the FAQs and course syllabus . Make sure the program is a good fit for both your professional goals and corporate team development objectives.
  • Step 2: Determine if eLearning or Knowledge Camp (live workshop) is the best option.
  • Step 3: If an employer is sponsoring the registration fee, consider submitting a supervisor letter to request a budget for the cost.
    a) Letter for eLearning
    b) Letter for Knowledge Camp
  • Step 4: Make sure to register and pay well in advance of the course start date to guarantee you receive credit for continuing education. In order to award credit for CE, some organizations require we submit proof of your registration 60 days before the course start date. Check with your credential provider.
  • Step 5: Select from one of the course start dates below to register and pay for eLearning. If Knowledge Camp is your desired course format, please submit a request for proposal . A minimum of three attendees, per group, is required for an onsite knowledge camp workshop.
Upcoming CPBS eLearning Classes
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Session Start Date
Winter January 9, 2020
Summer June 4, 2020
Fall September 3, 2020

Stand out from the crowd, discover the latest trends, best practices, and innovations in the Pharmacy Benefits Management industry; register now to become a Certified Pharmacy Benefits Specialist®.

Who Should Attend:

  • Human Resources Executives
  • Benefits Brokers
  • Benefits Consultants
  • Benefits Specialists
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
  • Attorneys
  • CFOs and Directors of Finance
  • Controllers and Senior Accountants

CPBS Coursework Includes:

PBM 101 (Week 1): Introduction to Pharmacy Benefit Management
PBM 102 (Week 2): Fundamentals of PBM Pricing
PBM 201 (Week 3): Plan Design for the Pharmacy Benefit
PBM 202 (Week 4): Cost Containment Strategies for the Pharmacy Benefit
PBM 203 (Week 5): PBM Contracts
PBM 204 (Week 6): PBM Procurement
PBM 205 (Week 7): Specialty Pharmacy Benefits Management
Week 8 – Final Exam

Benefits of Certification:

  • Approved by Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) for re-certification credits.
  • Approved by Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for continuing education credit.
  • Employers will benefit from having well trained in-house leadership over pharmacy benefit management.
  • For employers with internal expertise, assuming greater management responsibility of the pharmacy benefit can reduce costs.
  • Employees enhance your resume and candidacy – hiring managers prefer candidates with professional certifications
  • Low or no out-of-pocket costs for employees; employer may sponsor your participation

Given the projected growth of traditional and specialty pharmacy expenses, employers should be educated and work directly with the PBM to ensure appropriate use according to best practice guidelines and elimination of waste and should strive for a relationship that provides the best outcomes and lowest net cost.

DATE: Every Thursday; live online classroom with on-demand recordings
TIME: 6:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
DURATION: 1 hour per session – 8 sessions total
COURSE MATERIALS: Available online during the first day of class
EXAMS: Students must pass the final exam with a score of 85% or better
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5 business days prior to start of class*

The Certified Pharmacy Benefits Specialist® (CPBS) program is accredited by the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy. Put your career or team on the fast track to sustained pharmacy benefits management success.

*Class size is limited to the first 25 registrants and classes fill up early. Reserve your seat today!

Accreditation Information

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This application-based activity has been assigned ACPE 0022-9999-18-005-L04-P (Knowledge Camp Workshop) and ACPE 0022-9999-18-194-L04-P (eLearning) and will award 20.25 and 7.0 contact hours, respectively, of continuing pharmacy education credit in states that recognize ACPE providers. Statements of participation will indicate hours and CEUs based on participation and will be issued online at the conclusion of the activity. Successful completion includes signing in at registration, attending the entire session for which credit is claimed, completing the activity evaluation and requesting credit online at conclusion of the activity. Credit will be uploaded to CPE Monitor, and participants may print a statement of credit or transcript from their NABP e-profile. The College complies with the Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.
TransparentRx is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 12 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

  • 8-week Certified Pharmacy Benefits Specialist program
  • Earn up to 8 continuing education credit hours
  • Date: Every Thursday; live online classroom w/on-demand recordings
  • Time: 6:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
  • Duration: 1 hour per session – 8 sessions total (each recorded for on-demand viewing)
  • REAL EARLY BIRD: Complete registration at least 90 days before start of program and save $500! Enter discount code REALEARLY.
  • EARLY BIRD: Complete registration at least 45 days before start of program and save $250! Enter discount code EARLY1.
  • DOUBLE BONUS: Register 2 to 5 team members at least 45 days before start of desired program and save $500 per student! Enter discount code DOUBLEBONUS.
  • TRIPLE BONUS: Register 6 or more team members to be trained all at once or in stages at least 45 days before start of desired program and save $750 per student! Enter discount code TRIPLEBONUS.
  • SPECIAL BONUS: Free Plan Performance Assessment Report w/10 or more students – $10,000 value!
  • Cost: $2,500.00 (per student)


  • Knowledge Camp is for HR, finance, insurance, consulting and pharmacy leaders who…
    • want to achieve maximum performance with their pharmacy benefits plan
    • currently or are considering insourcing pharmacy benefit services
    • want to strengthen and empower managers and team leaders
  • Two versions of Knowledge Camp: Off-site & On-site
    • 3 days in Las Vegas or at your headquarters
  • Education Partner – University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
  • Certified Pharmacy Benefits SpecialistTM Track
  • Continuing Education Recertification Credits
    • up to 20 hours for SHRM, HRCI, L&H, CPhT and Pharm.D. licensees nationwide
  • Custom Success Plan
  • Interactive impact sessions and learning
  • Harvard-style case study discussion
  • Experiential pharmacy cost-containment activities


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