Become a Pharmacy Technician...

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It is recommended that candidates looking to become a Pharmacy Technician...

...Have strong customer service skills.

...Have good communication skills.

...Have a strong background in mathematics, medical terminology and the sciences.

...complete a study-at-home, vocational, technical or community college diploma/certificate program, typically a 1-year program.

...become Registered in your state to work as a technician (most, but not all states now require this.) This is done by contacting your state's Board of Pharmacy and sending in a registration/license application.

...Gain work experience as a pharmacy aide while completing your certificate. Pharmacy aides usually have less complex responsibilities than technicians.

They often serve as clerks, cashiers or stock shelves. Experienced aides often have as easier time finding pharmacy tech jobs after graduation.

...become Nationally Certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT.) This involves sitting for and passing their examination.

This exam is voluntary, yet will formalize your education and show employers you have a standardized body of knowledge and skills.

Successfully passing the exam will earn you the professional title of "Certified Pharmacy Technician," abbreviated: CPhT.

...maintain your national certification by recertifying. This involves completing 20 hours of continuing education credits every two years.


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