Washington Pharmacy Technician Requirements

Do Pharmacy Technicians get regulated in Washington?

Yes, they do regulate Pharmacy Technicians in Washington.


What are the approved certification exams required by the State Board of Pharmacy in Washington?

The approved certification exams in Washington are PTCB (PTCE) and ICPT (ExCPT).


Is certification required for Pharmacy Technicians in Washington?

Pharmacy technicians are not required by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy to maintain a national certification.

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Is Pharmacy Technician registration required in Washington?

Yes, the Washington State Board of Pharmacy does require Pharmacy Technicians to obtain registration before working in a pharmacy.


Is training required for Pharmacy Technicians in Washington?

Yes, pharmacy technicians are required to complete training at a board approved training program in two ways: formal academic program or on-the-job training. Training must include 520 hours of lecture, discussion and testing combined. And from the 520 hours, 8 hours of which should be devoted to learning the Washington Pharmacy Law.


What should I do to become a License Pharmacy Technician?

  • Pharmacy technician applicant must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must have proof of completing a training program.
  • Must have proof of HIV/AIDS training.
  • Application for certification must be submitted to the Washington Board of Pharmacy and include payment of $50. Payment may be in the form of money order or check payable to “Department of Health”.
  • Non-English speaking Foreign applicants must take a TOEFL exam to prove proficiency in the English language.
  • Residents with approved completed training outside Washington must complete 8 hours of training on Washington Pharmacy Law from a Washington licensed pharmacist.


Are Pharmacy Technicians required to have a Continuing Education or CE?  

The Washington State Board of Pharmacy began the process of promulgating rules as of July 2011.


Other Washington Pharmacy Technician requirements to keep in mind:

  • The ratio for pharmacist to pharmacy technicians is 1:3. Pharmacist supervising more than 3 technicians may submit petition to the board.
  • Pharmacy technicians may assist in manipulative, nondiscretionary functions and other duties if they are under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
  • Pharmacy technicians may perform the following including but not limited to typing prescription labels, filing, refilling, bookkeeping, pricing, stocking, delivery, non-professional telephone queries and third party reimbursement documentation and other duties under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. All duties must be subject to restrictions of the board rules.
  • A disciplinary action may be given to pharmacy technician against its certification, if:
    • Certification procurement through fraud, deceit or misinterpretation.
    • Pharmacy technician is charged with criminal offense related to drugs, poisons, cosmetics in any court of competent jurisdiction.
    • Has exhibited grave incompetency in performing his or her duties.
    • He or she has willfully and repeatedly committed violation of the rules and regulations of the Washington State Board of Pharmacy.
    • He or she is found impersonating a licensed pharmacist.



Washington Board of Pharmacy 

Office: Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300. Henrico Washington 23233-1463

Phone: (804) 367-4456