Go to your board of pharmacy's website to explore the requirements for pharmacy technician because state laws contrast greatly. The requirements to take the exam are usually the following: high school graduate, at least 18 years old, and no felony on your criminal record.

If your strategy is to become a pharmacist (Pharm.D.), being employedworking in a pharmacy is good experience prior to pharmacy school. Some states will let you work as a pharmacy clerk or tech without any certification. It may be difficult to find a job without certification, but if you can find one without it, save your time and money. Don t forget, severalchain pharmacies and hospitals will not recruityou until you are a certified technician.

For formal education, you will want to look into different programs. In most states, takingformal education (in a school) is not required to obtaincertification; however, takinga soundtechnician coursewill provide you with the skills needed to thrive. There are several pharmacy technician schools online, but make sure you do your inquiries as many are scams or provide less than par schooling.

The PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) to certification exam (PTCE) or the differententity, the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians, provides the license exam. Some states mightnot take one or the other. The PTCE focuses on hospital pharmacy technician practice. Pharmacy technicians usually work with staff pharmacists who are accountablefor typingprescriptions and preparing IV bags. I studied mostly the techniques, laws, and calculations (understandthe unit conversion factors! oz->lb, gallons-mL, etc.). I was able to pass the exam without awarenessof very numerousdrugs. Paying attention to laws and calculations (and some skillof responsibilities) will aidyou to pass. I took the PTCE in California. A single well-written overviewbook should be enough material to pass the exam. Read through the book and make sure to complete all of the practice problems, as they are very similar to the actual test. College pre-pharmacy study as little as a day or two and can still pass the exam. Personally, I studied 6 hours a day for 4 days.

Varyingon your location, you will need to offerextra recordsas well as documents, picture and fingerprints to your board of pharmacy to formally become licensed.