Just to let you know, they do check, sure the some people do slip through the cracks but I personally know someone that got audited and could not take the test because all they did was retail. Also, why waste your money on this if you're not working a "clinical" hospital job. You really think that your CV with BCPS and years of retail experience with zero hospital experience will get you any kind of job, especially in this tight job market. You can get all the titles that you want but the experience is way more expensive. I'll tell you also that I would question someone's integrity if they took an exam they didn't qualify for. Pharmacist with easy access to drugs are supposed to have high ethics and taking a test by gaming the system. People can and do figure it out. If you must get a certification while at retail, get the CGP then, only requirement is 2 years licensed and you don't throw up red flags nor do you waste close to $1000 on something that will not benefit you.
Good to know. For the record, I pointed out the honor system because I've been asked in the past what kind of documentations to prepare for when BPS verifies candidates' qualifications; and like I said, I don't personally know of anyone getting audited and I certainly don't know of anyone getting denied. Then again, I should mention that I also don't know of anyone working in traditional retail, either (except 1-2 inde specialty compounding pharmacists who actually do >50% of said activities as described by BPS; hence my previous comment on ability to meet qualifications regardless of the location or 'where' the practice is).
I do agree that BCPS wouldn't really make a lot of sense in the traditional retail setting; after all, the BPS requirements are there for a reason. And in some sense, it's to protect the candidates, too.