Rules for Licensure
As you work towards becoming a Pharmacy Technician, please note the majority of the states have laws that regulate Pharmacy Technicians and what you need to do in order to become one. These policies can vary from state to state. Most states require a Pharmacy Technician to be a high school graduate, obtained a GED, and have acquired the knowledge and skill set needed to complete and perform the necessary tasks in the pharmacy.
Some states require Technicians to complete a formal training program through your local college, vocational school, or enroll in an online school. If you have moved to a new state or plan on moving to a new state, you will need to be aware of the new requirements for the state you are moving to. You will most likely need to be registered or licensed in that new state prior to starting employment. Renewal, licensure, or registration is required in 75% of the states in the U.S. Many states have different routes that meet their requirements, offering a bit of flexibility for different Pharmacy Technicians’ situations.
Some states have no licensure regulations while others have very strict policies that need to be completed within a certain time period. It is highly recommended technicians take and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) or Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technician (ExCPt) even if their state does not require it. Passing these exams will make them more marketable and they will be in a better position to negotiate their salaries and career promotions.
In addition to training requirements, there may also be a registration fee that you need to pay. You may be required to do on-the-job training, an externship, or pass a national certification exam or state exam. You may also be required to have your fingerprints taken as well as undergo a background check.
You can find more in-depth information by visiting your state’s Board of Pharmacy’s website. The state Board of Pharmacy is always the best source for the most up-to-date information about state licensure requirements.