How to Obtain a Pharmacy Technician Certificate
The pathway to obtaining a pharmacy technician certificate begins with completing the education and training requirements. To complete the education and training requirements, the applicant must first obtain a pharmacy technician candidate registration. The candidate registration is a training credential; it authorizes the candidate to perform professional functions in a pharmacy under the supervision of a pharmacist while the candidate is training to become a pharmacy technician. The registration is valid for a limited period of time - two years - and it is not renewable. When the candidate has completed the training requirements, the candidate may then apply for the pharmacy technician certificate. The candidate need not wait until the registration has expired; as soon as the requirements have been completed, the candidiate may submit their application for the pharmacy technician certificate.
Pharmacy Technician Candidate Registration
Applicants for the pharmacy technician candidate registration shall complete the application form supplied by the board and attach the required documentation and fee. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and,in addition, shall meet one of two eligibility options:
When completed applications are received in the office, the office staff will send the applicant a packet of materials necessary to complete the required criminal background check (CBC). The applicant must submit their fingerprints for analysis by the Louisiana State Police (LSP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The applicant shall return the completed packet to the board office for submission to the LSP Headquarters, along with a copy of their state identification card, e.g., driver's license. Following their analyses, those agencies will prepare a report for the board. The board staff must review that report before they can issue the registration. The amount of time necessary to complete the CBC process can vary widely - from as little as one week to more than six weeks. When the LSP analysts determine the fingerprints are of insufficient quality, the applicant must re-submit their fingerprints, which takes additional time for processing. The CBC process is controlled by the LSP and FBI, and the board has no control over how long it takes for those agencies to send their report to the board. Applicants can substantially reduce the amount of time for that process by having their fingerprints electronically scanned at the LSP Headquarters in Baton Rouge, La. There is a nominal additional fee for that service, and instructions for that option are included in the packet of materials provided to the applicant.
The pharmacy technician candidate registration shall expire two years after the date of issue. It is a training credential, and it is not renewable. It is virtual in format, meaning no paper form exists, and it is verifiable at the Board's website. The training requirements vary slightly depending on the eligibility option originally selected by the applicant:
All pharmacy technician candidates shall provide proof of successful completion of a board-approved pharmacy technician certification examination in order to qualify for the pharmacy technician certificate. The board has approved examinations from two organizations:
Pharmacy Technician Certificate
Applicants for the pharmacy technician certificate shall complete the application form supplied by the board and attach the required documentation and fee. The documentation required includes proof of completion of a board-approved pharmacy technician certification examination [either PTCE issued on or after January 1, 1995 or ExCPT issued on or after January 1, 2018) AND one of the following: (1) for candidates who obtained their registration under Option A, a copy of the diploma or certificate of completion of a nationally-accredited and board-approved pharmacy technician training program, OR (2) for candidates who obtained their registration under any other method, proof of completion of at least 600 hours of practical experience using the Pharmacist's Certification Form supplied by the board, OR (3) for applicants who were licensed by another state board of pharmacy and practiced as a pharmacy technician in that state for at least one year, proof of that practice using the Pharmacist's Certification of Nonresident Practice supplied by the board..
The initial pharmacy technician certificate shall expire on June 30 regardless of the date of issue. In order to qualify for the renewal of their certificate, the pharmacy technician must successfully complete at least 10 hours of ACPE-accredited technician-specific continuing education (CE), and further, must maintain their CE records at CPE Monitor, a free service provided through the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Pharmacy technicians must establish their eProfile account for the CPE Monitor, free of charge, at www.nabp.pharmacy. The Board will send a renewal reminder to the pharmacy technician approximately 60 days before the expiration date of their certificate. Pharmacy technicians may use the paper renewal application form available at the Boad's website, or in the alternative, may complete their renewal process online at the Board's website. The certificate renewal is virtual in format, meaning no paper form exists; it is verifiable at the Board's website. Pharmacy technicians may not practice with an expired certificate.