Become a Certified Pharmacy Executive Leader (CPELSM)

CPEL Seal ASHP’s new Certified Pharmacy Executive Leader (CPELSM) credential acknowledges your unique expertise as a pharmacy executive leader and communicates your value to colleagues, healthcare administrators, other health care professionals, and the public.

The CPELSM credential provides national recognition of core competencies in professionalism, leading people, leading the pharmacy enterprise, and leading within and across complex health care systems. The CPELSM also demonstrates your commitment to achieving and maintaining excellence in pharmacy leadership.

To apply for the CPELSM credential, candidates must meet all of the eligibility criteria and complete an online application (coming in summer 2022).

Approved candidates will participate in an in-person capstone at ASHP. The capstone is the final required step in the CPEL Certification process to earn your CPELSM credential. During this in-person program at ASHP, candidates will engage in facilitated case discussions with colleagues to demonstrate their acumen in the CPELSM core competencies. Upon successful completion of the capstone, candidates will be awarded the CPELSM.

Online application opens in summer 2022.

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Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the CPELSM, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Current ASHP member at the time of application (with sustained membership throughout the certification period);
  • A valid and unrestricted license as a pharmacist in the U.S. or another jurisdiction.
  • Graduation from a pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or a program outside the U.S. that qualifies the individual to practice in the jurisdiction.
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency OR a current BPS certification OR documentation of equal experience and qualifications;
  • Documentation of core competencies outlined in the CPELSM domains OR a Masters or other qualifying degree (e.g., MS in pharmacy, MBA, MHA, MPH, etc.) OR completion of the Pharmacy Leadership Academy.
  • Currently in an executive leadership position with a minimum of 5 years of progressive and sustained leadership experience including significant managerial oversight in a healthcare organization resulting in advancing pharmacy practice and positive patient outcomes.
  • Reference from a senior health system executive affirming CPELSM experience/oversight requirements.
  • Documentation of current (within past year) volunteerism in healthcare-related organizations.