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 Standard V2017071
Registration is now open! The new SCRIPT Standard exam is now available online (anytime, anywhere) and in-person at NCPDP Quarterly Work Group Meetings! The next in-person exam will be held on Thursday August 6 from 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Hilton Bellevue in Bellevue, WA. The exam focuses on V2017071 and will aid in implementing and optimizing this new version of SCRIPT, which CMS adopted January 1, 2020. Get certified in V2017071 and help your organization with efficient implementation!

The NCPDP SCRIPT V2017071 Certification Exam is based on the use and practice of the new version of the SCRIPT Standard. Each certification exam is composed of 119 questions (multiple choice, multiple selection, and true/false) and must be completed within 90 minutes.

Eligibility Requirements

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

*“Qualifying” non-members are eligible to take the certification exam and become certified. To qualify, non-members must be recommended by an NCPDP member in their organization. Each NCPDP member can have up to 3 "qualifying" non-members registered under their NCPDP member number.
To recommend a non-member in your organization, please submit their name, email, and exam selection here. Once this is complete, your "qualifying" non-member will receive an email with directions for registering online for the exam. 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.

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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