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PTCB works with state Boards of Pharmacy to continually ensure that PTCB’s Certification Program meets the needs of the Boards in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is recognized in all 50 states and is the only pharmacy technician certification exam vetted by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

Pharmacists and the public benefit greatly from the assurance that pharmacy technicians are qualified to handle the responsibilities delegated to them. To achieve this assurance, PTCB believes it is critical for the profession to adopt a uniform national standard for pharmacy technician education, training, certification, and regulatory oversight. Of the 43 states that currently regulate pharmacy technicians, 37 specifically accept the PTCE in their regulations. Five states (Arizona, Louisiana, North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming) require pharmacy technicians to pass the PTCE to be eligible to work.

NABP Policy

The Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (Model Practice Act) provides state Boards of Pharmacy with model language that may be used when developing state laws or board rules. In February 2009, the NABP Executive Committee amended the Model Practice Act to recommend that pharmacy technicians be required to be certified by 2015, and encourage states that certify pharmacy technicians to recognize certification by PTCB.

Learn more about state regulations and how they effect CPhTs.