There can be a bit of confusion as to the difference between pharmacy technician licensure and certification. The state in which you want to work will regulate whether you need to be licensed. Some states do not have pharmacy technician license requirements to work in the pharmacy. A licensed pharmacy technician meets the state’s requirements to work in a pharmacy.

Licensure is the process by which an agency of government grants an individual permission to work as a pharmacy technician since the applicant has attained the minimum competency necessary to conduct the work in the industry. A certified pharmacy technician meets a non-governmental agency’s requirements and passes a national exam to obtain certification. Certification designates that the individual has attained the necessary level of knowledge, skill, and/or experience in an area. Most states require PTCB certification.

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