In order to gain certification by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), there are a few eligibility requirements that a person must satisfy. First, the individual must have earned a high school diploma or the educational diploma of something equivalent (for example, GED or a foreign diploma). Next, the individual must give full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions. Also, the individual must comply with all the PTCB Certification policies that apply to the individual. Lastly, the individual must pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
Some specific disqualification factors for individuals including the following: any sort of criminal conduct involving the individual; some sort of State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure action involving the individual; or a violation of the PTCB Certification policy. If an individual becomes certified, all felony convictions, drug or pharmacy-related violations, and State Board of Pharmacy actions taken against the licensure or registration of the individual must be reported to the PTCB for review.
The only states that do not regulate pharmacy technicians are Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and Hawaii. Regardless of this fact, many employers require that candidates for certain jobs be Certified Pharmacy Technicians.