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California pharmacy technicians go through a 90 day application process. There are a few different ways to become licensed in California to become a Pharmacy Technician but we’re just going to concentrate on the easiest way…

The Process to become Licensed in California:

  1. Prepare for and Pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
  2. Submit an application with the California Board of Pharmacy with the following:
    • A notarized copy of your PTCB Exam results
    • $105 application fee
    • A 2x2 passport style photo
    • Your High School Diploma/Transcript/GED
    • A NPDB-HIPDB Self-Query Report
    • Fingerprint card via Live Scan with a Live Scan receipt
    • Complete 10 hours continuing education per renewal period

Other (more difficult) ways to become a licensed Pharmacy Tech in California:

  • An Associate Degree in Pharmacy Technology (2 year degree)
  • 240 contact hour course (3-4 months)
  • ASHP Certified course (1-2 years)
  • Obtain a Bachelors of Pharmacy or a Doctorate of Pharmacy (4-8 years... although that seems like a giant waste of time.)
  • Pay State of Alaska a licensing fee of $60 every 2 years before your license expires (June 30th)
  • Complete 10 hours continuing education per renewal period

California Continuing Education Requirements

California doesn't require any additional education during the two year re-certification cycle although they do require a $130 renewal fee to be paid before the expiration of the license.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED
  • You must have not been convicted of any felonies or drug related misdemeanors
  • Study for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
  • Complete the application process at PTCB.org and include, as part of the application process, pay the exam fee of $129

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Continuing Education Requirements:

  • Obtain 20 hours of Continuing Education (CE) during 2 year re-certification cycle
  • 1 hour must be in Pharmacy Law, 1 hour must be in Patient Safety
  • All Continuing Education must be Tech-Specific
  • The PTCB Re-certification Fee is $40 and is payable to the PTCB every 2 years


Note: This is provided as an informational service only and is not to be construed as legal advice. While reasonable attempts were made to ensure accuracy of this information at the time of writing (last updated 12/4/2014), it is subject to change. Readers are encouraged to check the applicable statutes or board regulations for the latest information. This information does not come with any expressed or implied warranty. Application files are for the 2014/2015 years only. To report any out-of-date information on this list, please notify bopupdate@rxtechexam.com. We hope this helps!
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