Licensing and training requirement information for those interested in becoming a pharmacy technician. 

According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) 2012 Survey of Pharmacy Law, more than 80 percent of states license, register, or certify pharmacy technicians. While the remaining states do not have any special requirements for technicians, most employers do. Most employers require licensing, registration, and/or certification for the same reasons most jurisdictions do—to ensure the safety of the patient and minimize liability on the part of the establishment.

Requirements to become a pharmacy technician in Ohio

The state of Ohio features many local employment opportunities for qualified pharmaceutical technicians.  Pharmacy technicians are health professionals who assist licensed pharmacists in the preparation of prescription medications.  They also provide customer service and perform administrative tasks such as record keeping and database management.  The responsibilities of pharmacy technicians include counting tablets, labeling prescription containers, filing records, updating patient profiles and preparing insurance forms, as well as (sometimes) answering phones, stocking shelves, sending faxes and handling money.  Since pharmacy technicians also handle controlled substances, various state-specific regulations often may apply.

Requirements to become a pharmacy technician in Rhode Island

As of June 1st, 2012, Rhode Island business listings show nearly 180 hospital and retail pharmacies scattered throughout the state.  They support nearly fifteen hundred professional pharmacy technicians on a full time basis, according to demographic employment data recently collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Requirements to become a pharmacy technician in Pennsylvania

As of June 1st, 2012, the state of Pennsylvania lists 2,644 hospital and retail pharmacies among its local businesses.  Altogether, pharmacies in Pennsylvania employ approximately 13,840 full time professional pharmacy technicians, according to data recently compiled by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Pharmacy technicians are specialized employees hired by licensed pharmacists to assist with pharmacy-related tasks involving the handling, labeling, packaging, verification and transfer of various federally controlled substances.  However, less than half of Pennsylvania's pharmacy technicians are licensed by the Pennsylvania Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).  This is largely because technical regulations pertaining to pharmacy technicians vary from state to state.

Wyoming pharmacy technician training programs

The Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy has several requirements for pharmacy technicians and pharmacy thecnincians-in-training. As stated by the Board, requirements are as follows:

Vermont pharmacy technician training programs

The Vermont Board of Pharmacy has only one requirement for aspiring pharmacy technicians. They must register with the Board by submitting an application and paying a $50.00 registration fee. According to the official Vermont Board of Pharmacy website, formal training is not required for registration.

South Dakota pharmacy technician training programs

The South Dakota Board of Pharmacy requires all practicing technicians and students (prior to on-site practical training) to register. The Board requires registration in order to identify, monitor, and discipline pharmacy technicians. The agency makes it clear that registration “does not include any determination by the Board of the competency of the registered individual.” For this reason, and many others, registration is not enough for most employers.

North Dakota pharmacy technician training programs

In the State of North Dakota, all pharmacy technicians must register with the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy. To be eligible to register, aspiring pharmacy technicians must fulfill certain education or training requirements. According to the official North Dakota Board of Pharmacy, the individual must have completed one of the following requirements:

District of Columbia pharmacy technician training programs

Although the District of Columbia is home to the Technician Certification Board, registration, certification, and training are not required to become a pharmacy technician in The Nation’s Capital. However, most top companies prefer to hire applicants with a diploma or a degree, experience, and/or national certification. Recognized certification exams include the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) (PTCE) and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) (ExCPT).

Alaska pharmacy technician training programs

Aspiring pharmacy technicians must obtain a license from the Alaska Board of Pharmacy in order to work in the state. A degree in the field is not required by the Board, but continuing education is mandatory during the licensing period. Licenses must be renewed biennially.


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