Be Aware of State Requirements

This post was originally published July 12, 2014.

The rules and regulations that govern your career as a pharmacy technician vary from state to state. It’s important that you understand what the requirements are where you live.

Rules for Licensure
As you work toward becoming a pharmacy technician, please note that most states have laws that regulate pharmacy technicians and what you need to do in order to become one. These rules can vary widely from state to state. Most states require a pharmacy technician to be a high school graduate 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. 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.

Additional Requirements
In addition to training requirements, there may also be a registration fee you need to pay or additional requirements. You may be required to do on-the-job training, an externship, or pass a national certification exam or state exam.

Some states have no licensure regulations while others have very strict regulations that need to be completed within a certain time period. 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., but many states have a few different routes that meet their requirements, offering a bit of flexibility for different pharmacy technicians’ situations.

How to Find the Most Up-To-Date Information
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.

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