Certified Pharmacy Executive Leader (CPELSM)

Earning your Certified Pharmacy Executive Leader (CPELSM) credential validates your professional and leadership competencies and commitment to excellence in pharmacy leadership. ASHP's CPEL credential communicates your leadership acumen to colleagues, current and future employers, healthcare administrators, and others. Once certified, CPELs join an engaged and supportive community of highly accomplished leaders who can support your future growth and professional development.

The CPEL validates that you are highly skilled in core competencies such as:

  • Leading people
  • Leading the pharmacy enterprise
  • Leading within and across complex health care organizations

CPELs are in 70% of the US

CPELs are in 4 different countries

CPELs are in over half of the top health systems*



Eligibility is based on the achievement of professional and leadership competencies and on-the-job experience.

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The CPEL application process is online, streamlined for your convenience, and there is no application fee.

How To Apply

Participate in a Capstone

A multi-day in-person program at ASHP, this is the final required step for candidates to earn their CPEL credential.

About The Capstone

Still Undecided?

Ask us to schedule a consultation with a current CPEL to discuss how it may benefit you. You can also hear perspectives directly from CPELs about why they chose to become certified. 

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* As ranked by US News and World Report 2023 Best Hospitals Honor Roll