CPBS | PBM Education & Training

How do I 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
(Click date to register)
Session Start Date Early Bird Rate Standard Rate
Fall September 2, 2021
  • Register By June 5, 2021 – $2000
  • Register By July 20, 2021 – $2250
  • $2500
Winter January 13, 2022
  • Register By Oct 15, 2021 – $2000
  • Register By Nov 29, 2021 – $2250
  • $2500
Summer June 2, 2022
  • Register By March 4, 2022 – $2000
  • Register By April 18, 2022 – $2250
  • $2500

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


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by UK HealthCare CECentral and TransparentRx. University of Kentucky HealthCare CECentral is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This live activity is designated for a maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This application-based activity will award 7.00 contact hours (0.700 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit in states that recognize ACPE providers.

This activity is jointly provided by the University of Kentucky and TransparentRx.

The use of the HRCI 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.

Life and Health (L&H) licensees may earn up to 21 continuing education credits. Check with your department of insurance or email andrea.harlow@transparentrx.com to determine reporting requirements and to confirm if we’re an approved provider of L&H continuing education in your state.

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