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National Certification & State Registration

In addition to maintaining their national PTCB certification, Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT) are subject to state regulations and requirements. To help clarify the difference between national certification and state registration processes, definitions are provided below. 

National Certification

Certification is a voluntary process by which a non-governmental agency (like PTCB) grants recognition to an individual who has met qualifications specified by that organization. This formal recognition is granted to designate to the public that the individual has attained the necessary level of knowledge, skill, and/or experience in a well-defined area.

Certification usually requires an initial assessment and periodic reassessments of the individual’s knowledge, skills and/or experience.   

State Registration Processes

Registration is the process of making a list of pharmacy technicians in the state or of being enrolled in an existing list. Registration is intended to help safeguard the public through interstate and intrastate tracking of the technician work force and preventing individuals with documented problems from serving as pharmacy technicians. As of April 2013, 29 states register pharmacy technicians. 

Licensure is the process by which an agency of government grants permission to an individual to engage in a given occupation upon recognizing that the applicant has attained the minimum competency necessary to ensure that the public health, safety, and welfare will be reasonably well protected. Within the pharmacy profession, pharmacists are licensed by state boards of pharmacy. As of April 2013, 8 states also license pharmacy technicians. 

Why is this important?

In some states, it may be necessary to maintain active PTCB certification, in addition to registering with the state board of pharmacy. Technicians should contact the board of pharmacy in the state they work in to determine which requirements apply to them. 

Source: Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy. Pharmacy technician credentialing framework. 2009.