Minnesota Pharmacy Tech Requirements

updated 3/21/2021

Minnesota has the some of the strictest regulations of any state in regard to Pharmacy Technician Licensing. After becoming licensed in Minnesota to practice as a Pharmacy Technician, you will likely be required by an employer to become nationally certified through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Most people find it effective to study for the PTCB Exam and become Nationally Certified before trying to find a job as it can provide you with a greater salary and ease in finding a job.

Minnesota State Specific Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Complete the application for registration as a Pharmacy Technician
  • Complete an employer based program that includes at least 240 hours of theoretical and practical instruction within the first 18 months of receiving your license

Minnesota Pharmacy Technician Average Salary: $18.43/hr

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Requirements:

Pathway 1: Study for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) with a PTCB Recognized Educator like RxTechExam.com


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

and no matter which pathway you qualify for…

    • Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions
    • Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies
    • Complete the application process at PTCB.org 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