Pharmacy Technician License Requirements by State

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
Ryan Marotta, CPhT, Assistant Editor
As pharmacy technicians take on increasingly important roles and responsibilities, the regulations governing the profession continue to strengthen.
 
Organizations such as the Pharmacy Technicians Certification Board (PTCB) are able to provide a national standard for technicians, but in the end, each state determines its own minimum requirements for working as a pharmacy tech.
 
Current and aspiring techs unsure of their state’s laws can consult the following reference guide that explains how to become licensed as a pharmacy technician in each state.

Click on a state to learn about its pharmacy technician license requirements.


Alabama
Register with the Alabama Board of Pharmacy.
 
Alaska
Complete an on-the-job training program directed by a pharmacist-in-charge and register with the Alaska Board of Pharmacy.
 
Arizona
Either:
  • Register with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician trainee and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB and register with the State Board as a pharmacy technician.
Arkansas
Register with the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy and either:
  • Pass a test designed by the pharmacy board, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB
California
Do one of the following and register with the California State Board of Pharmacy:
  • Earn an associate degree in pharmacy technology, or;
  • Complete a pharmacy technician training program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), or;
  • Complete a board-approved pharmacy technician training program that provides a minimum of 240 hours of training, or;
  • Complete a pharmacy technician training program provided by a military branch, or;
  • Graduate from a school of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB.
Colorado
There are currently no licensure requirements for pharmacy technicians in Colorado.
 
Connecticut
Do one of the following and register with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection:
  • Complete on-the-job training under a pharmacy manager, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency.
Delaware
There are currently no licensure requirements for pharmacy technicians in Delaware.
 
District of Columbia
There are currently no licensure requirements for pharmacy technicians in Washington, DC, although registration may be required within the next several years.
 
Florida
Complete a pharmacy technician training program approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy and register with the state board.
 
Georgia
Register with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy and submit an application supplement.
 
Hawaii
There are currently no licensure requirements for pharmacy technicians in Hawaii.
 
Idaho
Either:
  • Register with the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician in training and pass the PTCE or another approved certification exam, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency and register with the state board as a certified pharmacy technician.
Illinois
Become nationally certified through the PTCB, complete a pharmacy technician training program, and register with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
 
Indiana
Do one of the following and register with the Indiana Board of Pharmacy:
  • Complete a pharmacy technician training program approved by the state board, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency.
Iowa
Either:
  • Register with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician trainee and pass the PTCE or another approved certification exam within a year of registration, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency and register with the State Board as a certified pharmacy technician.
 
Kansas
Register with the Kansas Board of Pharmacy and pass a test designed by the state board.
 
Kentucky
Register with the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy.
 
Louisiana
Register with the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician candidate, complete both 600 hours of on-the-job training and a board-approved training program, and become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency.
 
Maine
Complete an on-the-job training program and register with the Maine Board of Pharmacy. Technicians seeking “advanced” designation must also become nationally certified through the PTCB.
 
Maryland
Do one of the following and register with the Maryland Board of Pharmacy:
  • Complete a board-approved pharmacy technician training program that includes at least 160 hours of on-the-job training, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency.
Massachusetts
Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency and do one of the following before registering with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy:
  • Complete a pharmacy technician training course accredited by the ASHP, or;
  • Complete a board-approved pharmacy technician training program with at least 120 hours of practical instruction and 120 hours of theoretical instruction, or;
  • Complete at least 500 hours of on-the-job training.
Michigan
Do one of the following and register with the Michigan Board of Pharmacy:
  • Complete an employer-based pharmacy technician training program that cumulates in a board-approved exam, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency.
Minnesota
Do one of the following and register with the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy:
  • Complete a pharmacy technician training program accredited by the ASHP, or;
  • Complete a board-approved, employer-based pharmacy technician training program that provides a minimum of 240 combined hours of practical and theoretical instruction
  • Complete a pharmacy technician training program provided by a military branch or by an accredited, board-approved institution or college.
Mississippi
Register with the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy and become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency.
 
Missouri
Register with the Missouri Board of Pharmacy.
 
Montana
Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency and register with the Montana Board of Pharmacy.
 
Nebraska
Register with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Nevada
Do one of the following and register with the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy:
  • Perform 1500 hours of on-the-job training as a pharmacy technician-in-training, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency and perform 500 hours of on-the-job training as a pharmacy technician-in-training, or;
  • Complete a pharmacy technician training program accredited by the ASHP and perform 350 hours of on-the-job training as a pharmacy technician-in-training, or;
  • Complete a pharmacy technician training program conducted by the Indian Health Service or a branch of the military and become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency.
Technicians who have been licensed in another state can transfer their registration if the requirements for licensure in that state are equivalent to Nevada’s requirements.
 
New Hampshire
Register with the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy.
 
New Jersey
Register with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
 
New Mexico
Register as a non-certified technician with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy, complete an on-the-job training program directed by a pharmacist-in-charge, become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency, and apply for certified technician designation with the State Board.
 
New York
There are currently no licensure requirements for pharmacy technicians in New York.
 
North Carolina
Do one of the following and register with the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy:
  • Complete an employer-based on-the-job training program within 180 days of beginning employment in a pharmacy, or;
  • Complete a board-approved pharmacy technician training program conducted by an accredited institution or college, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency.
North Dakota
Become nationally certified through the PTCB and do one of the following before registering with the North Dakota State Board of Pharmacy:
  • Complete a pharmacy technician training program accredited by the ASHP, or;
  • Complete an on-the-job training program directed by a pharmacist-in-charge.
Ohio
There are currently no licensure requirements for pharmacy technicians in New York. However, following the passage of Emily's Law, all those looking to work as a technicians in Ohio must either:
  • Complete an employer-based on-the-job training program that cumulates in a board-approved exam, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency. 
Oklahoma
Complete an employer-based on-the-job training program directed by a licensed pharmacist and register with the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy.
 
Oregon
Either:
  • Register with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician, complete an on-the-job training program directed by a pharmacist-in-charge, and pass the PTCE, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency and register with the state board as a certified pharmacy technician.
Pennsylvania
There are currently no licensure requirements for pharmacy technicians in Pennsylvania. However, if a proposed bill becomes law, then Pennsylvania technicians would be required to complete a training program approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy and register with the state board.
 
Rhode Island
Do one of the following and register with the Rhode Island Board of Pharmacy:
  • Complete a pharmacy technician training program accredited by the ASHP, or;
  • Complete a pharmacy technician training program provided by a military branch or by an accredited, Board-approved institution or college, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency.
South Carolina
Register with the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy.
 
South Dakota
Either:
  • Register with the South Dakota Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician-in-training, complete a board-approved pharmacy technician training program, and pass the PTCE, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency and register with the state board as a certified pharmacy technician.
Tennessee
Register with the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy.
 
Texas
Register with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician trainee, complete a board-approved on-the-job training program, become nationally certified through the PTCB, and apply for registered pharmacy technician designation with the state board.
 
Utah
Register with the Utah Department of Commerce as a pharmacy technician trainee, complete an approved pharmacy technician training program that includes at least 180 hours of on-the-job training, become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency, and apply for pharmacy technician designation with the Department of Commerce.
 
Vermont
Register with the Vermont Board of Pharmacy.
 
Virginia
Do one of the following and register with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy:
  • Complete a board-approved pharmacy technician training program, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB
Washington
Complete an approved pharmacy technician training program, become nationally certified through the PTCB or another approved certifying agency, and register with the Washington State Department of Health.
 
West Virginia
Either:
  • Register with the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician trainee and complete an on-the-job training program that cumulates in a test designed by the state board, or;
  • Become nationally certified through the PTCB, complete 20 hours of on-the-job training, and register with the state board as a pharmacy technician.
Wisconsin
There are currently no licensure requirements for pharmacy technicians in Wisconsin.
 
Wyoming
Become nationally certified through the PTCB and register with the Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy.


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