Pharmacy Technician Certification

If you want to get certified as a Pharmacy Technician in your state, you need to apply for the certificate. The Pharmacy Technician certificate is a national level of qualification. Once you have this certified qualification you can apply for a state license. In order to obtain certification, you need to complete the course work and pass the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Examination Board) Exam. The PTCB Certification Council develops the annual examination and the related policies and procedures. The Council is made up of expert pharmacists and certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) from around the country.

By passing the PTCB exams successfully, a Pharmacy Technician candidate becomes eligible to be certified.

The PTCB exam has a two hour time allocation. The Exam consists of 90 Questions, of which 80 are scored, and 10 are unscored. The candidate will not be informed as to which ten questions are unscored, and these questions will be distributed randomly throughout the exam. Of the two hour time allocation one hour and fifty minutes are set aside for answering exam questions and ten minutes are allotted for a tutorial and post examination survey.

The examination will determine whether or not students are ready to be positioned in a formal pharmacy technician role.

Once you receive your license it will be valid for two years. After this time you will have to apply for re-certification through your PTCB account.

 Requirements to get a Pharmacy Technician Certificate

The general prerequisites that must be met by all candidates for the Pharmacy Technician Certificate are as follows:

    The student must be at least 18 years of age
•    The student must possess a high school diploma or GED
    The student must undergo a criminal background check
    The student must have passed the PTCB exam
    The student must be a lawful citizen of the United States
    The student should be of sound mental and physical health

 Process of Pharmacy Technician Certification

The Process of getting a Pharmacy Technician certificate is the same across the states, and you can expect the procedure to be fairly standard from one state to the next.

The Step by step process to getting certified as a Pharmacy Technician is as follows:

Step 1: Research and fulfill the Requirements

Before you enroll for a Pharmacy Technician course you should research the career duties and make sure that you are comfortable with the kind of work you will be doing. You need to be someone who is detail oriented, highly responsible and respectful of private information. You also need to have good mathematical skills and a friendly, people orientated manner.

The first thing you need to do before starting the formal certification process is to ensure that you meet  all the prerequisites for the course. If you have read through this site and are still unsure about your eligibility for the qualification, you should contact the college you hope to study through. They will have administrative staff and tutors who will be able to help you gauge whether you can take the certificate examination or not.

Step 2: Enroll in a Pharmacy Technician Training Program

Some states don’t require Pharmacy Technicians to have formal training, but most employers would rather hire someone who is certified. Find a suitable technical school, college or hospital which offers training and start the formal enrollment process. Once you have completed the course work according to the study guides you should be ready to take the examination, as laid out by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Step 3: Complete an Internship

Most states require you to have several hundred hours logged as an intern in a pharmacy. You can contact your institution of learning for the names of associated hospitals, clinics and pharmacies who are willing to allow on-the-job training.

Step 4: Take the Practice Exams

When you have completed your course and your internship, you should take the practice exams available online to help you prepare for the final examination. There are several online platforms which offer the practice exams. These will help you to pinpoint your areas of weakness so that you can perfect your knowledge before you take the final examination.

Step 5: The Examination for Certified Pharmacy Technician

In most states you will need to be registered with the board of pharmacy before you can work as a Pharmacy Technician. The PTCB has a national examination for Certified Pharmacy Technicians which you must pass in order to get certified. The exam can be taken several times a year at official locations across the country. Once you have passed the test you can apply for your certificate.

Step 6: Career Advancement

With experience and extensive additional training, you may be able to use this certificate to help you become qualified as a full Pharmacist. You can also go into pharmaceutical sales or become a chemotherapy technician.

Step 7: Stay Updated in your Field

Medicine is constantly advancing and changing as science discovers new and better methods of healing the ill. It’s important to stay up to date with current events and changes in your field by being proactive. Take refresher courses, read the latest medical news and subscribe to online and offline medical journals and publications.

Step 8: Renew your Certificate

Your certificate needs to be renewed every two years. Once you are certified you will have an account with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, because you are registered with them. You will be able to apply for renewal of your certified license through the PTCB.

 Renewal of your Pharmacy Technician Certificate

You will need to renew your Pharmacy Technician Certificate every two years. In order to do so you will have to complete the steps laid out below:

    Apply for your license renewal at least sixty days before your current certificate expires. You must keep track of your certificate to ensure that you never miss the deadline.
    You need to complete at least twenty hours of Continued Education classes in the two year prior to the re-certification time frame. These hours count as credits which you will use to reapply for your certificate.
    You must be actively working as a Pharmacy Technician.
    You can apply to re-certify online, through your PCTB account. You will be expected to pay a fee of around $40 for your new certificate.
    Once your application is approved, your details will be updated on the verification database and your certificate will be made available for download or print.