Pharmacy Technician Career

Certified pharmacy technician.

How to become a certified pharmacy technician?

In order to become a nationally certified pharmacy technician, your have to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (ExCPT). To qualify for the ExCPT exam you must have either a high school diploma or a GED. You could buy a PTCE review book to prepare for the PTCE on your own. Alternately, you could enroll in a pharmacy technician school for tutoring and instruction from a pharmacist instructor.

Steps to Becoming a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician

  1. Decide whether to self-study or take a class, then study.

    Are you good at math or do you have a health care background? If the answer is "yes," then buy a book to study for the ExCPT exam and study on your own. If you're not in a hurry, just borrow a book from the library. At most libraries, you'll have to join a waiting list in order to check out the ExCPT exam prep book. Once you have the right book, it's easy to pass the national pharmacy technician certification board test. We invite you to check out students' book ratings and our pharmacy technician book reviews. If you do not have a healthcare background or need a little help with your pharmacy math, join a live class. Make sure all the classes are taught by a pharmacist. Weekend cram courses are not enough. Semester long courses are too long, probably because students who are in a class that is not taught by a pharmacist are not being taught properly.
  2. Decide if you're ready to take the national pharmacy technician certification board exam, then take the ExCPT test.

    Before registering for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, take our practice test. Students who do not get 100 percent of the questions correct will probably fail the ExCPT exam. We invite you to take the QuickTestPrep pharmacy technician course to make sure that you'll pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam the first and only time that you'll take the ExCPT test.
  3. Register with your state's board of pharmacy.

    Finally, after we've helped you pass the ExCPT exam, you'll need to register as a pharmacy technician in your state with your state board of pharmacy.