Becoming a Certified Pharmacy Technician

After completing a pharmacy technician training program, your next goal will be to become a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT). Getting a pharmacy technician license starts with passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. This examination is offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

Note: The CPhT is a requirement for the Pharmacy technician Full License in Arizona.

Two Different Pharmacy Technician Licenses

There are two levels of licenses per the Certification Board: the Trainee License and the Full License. Below are the steps on how to get each type of pharmacy technician license:

Both your Certified License and PTCB certification must be renewed every 2 years. Before renewing your certification and applying for a renewed license, you must successfully complete 20 hours of continuing education. Of course, the process of how to become a certified pharmacy technician first starts with completing a training program and an externship where you get to work alongside a pharmacist and gain first-hand experience in the pharmacy field.

Arizona College of Allied Health’s Pharmacy Technician training program can provide you with the education and training you need for becoming a pharmacy technician. Submit an information request form to learn more about how our pharmacy tech program prepares you with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the exam requirements.