California Pharmacy Technician Requirements

California Pharmacy Technician Requirements

California Pharmacy Technician Requirements

*Completing the Online Course and Passing the PTCE meets the credentialing/training requirements to register as a pharmacy technician in California

California currently offers one tier of pharmacy technician registration. This article describes the California pharmacy technician requirements as of 2020. In order to apply for a California pharmacy technician license, you must meet the following requirements:

Basic Education Requirements

Individuals applying for a California pharmacy technician license must have completed high school or one of the following:

  • High school equivalence testing (GED, HiSET, or TASC)
  • Passing grade on the California or an out-of-state equivalent high school proficiency examination

Background Check and Documentation Requirements

Applicants are required to submit to a background check using a fingerprinting service. This also requires providing a Social Security Number. Completion of a self-query report to the National Practitioner Data Bank is required, and this documentation must be provided with the application. Additionally, applicants must provide a passport style photo with the California pharmacy technician license application.

Application Fees

The current application fee for the California pharmacy technician license is $190.  Applicants should also consider the cost of fingerprinting, obtaining a passport size photo, and the self-query. These services will add approximately $30 to $50 to the total cost of acquiring the license.

Pharmacy Technician Specific Training or Credentialing

California requirements include mandatory advanced training or credentialing. There are multiple options to satisfy this requirement. Proof of completion of any one of the following must be provided:

  • Associate degree in pharmacy technology
  • A course of at least 240 hours of instruction as specific in the Title 16 California code of regulation
  • A training course accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Graduation from a school of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board CPht certification
  • National Healthcareers Association ExCPT certification attained on or after January 1, 2017
  • Pharmacy technician training provided by a branch of the federal armed services

Taking our course qualifies you to take the PTCE through the PTCB, without the otherwise 500-hours of technician experience that would be required.


California State Board of Pharmacy information for Pharmacy Technicians

How to Become a Pharmacy Technician

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