Illinois Pharmacy Tech Requirements

Updated 11/27/22.

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Illinois State Specific Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Illinois does not require any additional education during 2 year re-certification cycle, however, they do require a $25 renewal fee be paid before the expiration date of the license

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Requirements:

Pathway 1: A PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program

Pathway 2: A minimum of 500 hours of work experience as a pharmacy technician.

  • Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions
  • Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies
  • Study and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
  • Complete the application process at 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

Illinois Pharmacy Technician Average Salary: $17.83/hr