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BCOP Recertification Frequently Asked Questions

HOPA provides opportunities for pharmacists to earn continuing education credit toward recertification of their Board Certified in Oncology Pharmacy (BCOP) credential by offering unique programs each year.

Board of Pharmacy Specialties

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), provides the certification process for the BCOP, which certifies specialists in oncology pharmacy and includes an initial certification exam. BPS requires recertification, either by exam or through continuing pharmacy education. For more information about the certification process, please visit the BPS website at www.bpsweb.org. Pharmacists do not have to be HOPA members to attain BCOP certification.

Maintaining BCOP Certification through Continuing Pharmacy Education

A Board Certified pharmacist must earn 100 BCOP recertification credits every seven (7) years to maintain the BCOP specialist certification.
HOPA developed 38 specialty sessions for BCOP recertification credits. BCOP-certified pharmacists who attend any of HOPA’s BCOP offerings and pass the BCOP post-test will receive that program’s credits towards their recertification.

Some of your FAQs:

I recently was certified in oncology pharmacy. What is the recertification process?

Once an individual passes the certification examination, the length of certification is 7 years. For recertification, specialists may elect to take an examination or earn 100 credits through continuing pharmacy education. HOPA provides 38 credits annually through the live specialty sessions. Additional courses are available through ACCP and ASHP. For more information contact BPS.

 

How many hours can I earn toward BCOP recertification from HOPA's specialty sessions?

HOPA provides 38 hours of recertification credit when you pass the posttest, and since the courses and test are new each year, you may earn 38 credits every year.

 

Can I earn ACPE credit for the specialty sessions if I am earning recertification credit?

Yes, all of HOPA’s BCOP education offers ACPE credit for relicensure, so be sure to complete the evaluations when you complete the BCOP education. HOPA is the accrediting provider of ACPE credit. Claiming ACPE credit is a different process from claiming BCOP credit.

 

If I don't pass the post-test, can I retake it?

No, each test may be taken only once each calendar year. Please note as part of HOPA’s review process our BCOP leaders review all BCOP tests for performance.  This review looks at not only overall test performance but individual question performance, participant feedback and how well the questions were worded and answerable from the materials provided. Should you have any concerns or questions about the BCOP post-tests, please email your concerns to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Can I login and print the test before filling out my answers?

New this year, all BCOP education will be found in My Education Library, this new platform will allow you to “bookmark” your spot in a test or the education and return to that spot at a later time. You will also be able to move back and forth through the different parts of the education without risking being “timed out” of a test or having answers submitted without you being ready to submit the answers. All tests will require you to hit a submit button before they will be graded.

 

When is the deadline to submit the test?

New this year, the BCOP education will be rolled out throughout the year and each BCOP educational program will have a different expiration date. Please note that BCOP credit is only available for 6 months from the date of release of the education. All of the expiration dates will be housed in My Education Library and will be visible to you at all times. You will also receive notifications as deadlines are approaching to help ensure you complete things on time.

 

The HOPA Member discount is no longer available for the ACCP/ASHP BCOP Products. Why is that?

In 2015 HOPA was awarded providership status for BCOP recertification programs. As such, HOPA created an independently developed BCOP program, discontinuing its joint partnership and collaboration with ACCP and ASHP to offer BCOP programming. ACCP/ASHP and HOPA are the two BPS-approved continuing education options for recertification credit in Oncology pharmacy. As independent providers, each provider retains the right to independently determine pricing and discounts. Pricing and discounts are determined individually. Any questions regarding pricing and discounts on non-HOPA BCOP programs should be directed to ACCP/ASHP.

 

When will my credits show up on my BPS account?

HOPA has set-up a credit transfer schedule with BPS to submit credits for posting once a quarter. All credits will be back-dated for the year in which they were obtained. Each year, credits will be transferred on these dates to BPS. BPS has 2-4 weeks to post these to accounts. To help ensure that BCOP credits are added to your account in a timely manner make sure that HOPA has your BPS ID number.

 

Quarter

Transfer Date

Q1

April 1-5

Q2

July 1-5

Q3

October 1-5

Q4

January 1-5

 

How do I access my NABP number?

To access your NABP e-Profile ID number, please contact the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

 

How do I access my BPS ID number?

To access your BPC ID number, please contact the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.

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