Breaking News – The CGP Credential is Changing

I’m due to do my recertification via examination soon for the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential.  As I was looking on the CCGP website to reapply, I checked out their recent news.  I was surprised to find out that Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is acquiring the CGP credential.  You can read the whole press release here.

If are a CGP or are seeking CGP certification, how will this affect you?  A few thoughts…

  1. This will make things more simple.  Having all pharmacist board certifications under one roof (BPS) does make some sense. I had always wondered why BPS did not pursue a geriatric certification, but with the existence of the CGP, it made sense that they left it alone.
  2. I suspect the CGP exam will get more difficult under BPS.  With passing rates for BCPS and BCACP historically between 60-70%, I think CGP (or likely to be called BCGP) will get more challenging and likely incorporate more regulatory and statistics type questions similar to BCPS and BCACP.  I wouldn’t anticipate any changes in the next year or two, but you never know.  I was never able to find pass rates for CGP exam test takers, but certainly feel like CGP was easier than BCPS.
  3. Testing window.  One of the things I do like about the CGP exam is wide range of testing windows that is allowed.  There are four different testing windows throughout the year.  I suspect this will change to two like the other BPS exams.  The other thing that could happen is that the BPS folks will expand to four testing windows.  More options are better in my opinion.
  4. The credential will likely change from CGP to BCGP (Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist).  When this is exactly going to happen and when that process is rolled out is unclear.
  5. Certification timeframe.  CGP is currently due every 5 years.  I would anticipate that while under the BPS umbrella, this will change to every 7 years.  Again, how and when this change takes place remains to be seen.  At least I haven’t seen anything formal at this point.

Like it or not, pharmacist board certification is not going away and the number of certified pharmacists continues to grow at a very fast pace.  Overall I believe this change is more of a good thing than a bad thing.  What do you think?

You can find more information about board exam study materials here.


Written By Eric Christianson

November 2, 2016

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