How To Apply

The CPEL application process is online, streamlined for your convenience, and includes the three easy steps below. There is no application fee.

Step 1


Eligibility is based on the achievement of professional and leadership competencies and on-the-job experience. Below are the criteria to apply:

  • ASHP member with an unrestricted pharmacy license.
  • Minimum of 5 years post-residency progressive and sustained leadership experience including significant managerial oversight. (Examples include: accountability to senior management for departmental performance, control of departmental budgeting, and direct oversight of staff.)
  • Current executive leader in a healthcare organization within the last 3 years that advances pharmacy practice and promotes positive patient outcomes.
  • Achievement of the  leadership and professional competencies [PDF]. 
  • Uncompensated volunteerism in the past 2 years in healthcare-related organizations such as a charitable or professional organization (exclude precepting roles). 

Step 2


Gather necessary supporting materials for the online application including:

  • Copy of pharmacy license (JPEG acceptable) 
  • Resume/CV 
  • References
    Attestation of your leadership experience and managerial oversight from a senior health- system executive including relationship to applicant and roles related to:
    • Participating in the pharmacy enterprise’s and health system’s strategic planning and decision-making processes at the most senior levels.
    • Collaborating with executives within and external to the health system to build cross- functional relationships and align services with initiatives such as quality metrics and financial performance.
    • Advancing patient care services through the promotion of pharmacy best practices by the creation and adoption of emerging technologies and innovative services.
    (2) affirming your leadership experience (one from a senior executive in your organization)
  • Draft responses to the online application questions

Step 3


View the Application Instructions, including questions you will be asked to respond to, prior to applying.

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Target Candidates
CPELs are responsible for actively leading the pharmacy enterprise's strategic planning and decision-making processes at senior levels.  Candidates will be asked to share examples of leadership experience including: 

  • Collaborations with executive leaders to build cross-functional relationships and align pharmacy services with quality outcomes and fiscal resource responsibility. 
  • Influence on strategic planning and decision-making for medication use and pharmacy services (clinical, operations, administrative, etc.).
  • Use of key financial indicators and financial analysis to generate, evaluate, and act on strategic opportunities involving operations, policies, and services. 
  • Strategies to advance patient care services by promoting pharmacy best practices and adopting emerging technologies and innovative services.
  • Contributions to creating a culture that is conducive to the highest levels of patient care, employee retention, training, and recruitment. 

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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