It will cost you at least $800 more to become a Pharmacy Technician on July 1st, 2022

Preston Davis, CPhT – April 29th, 2022

Prior to July 1st, 2022

“If the pharmacy technician trainee was enrolled in the Board-approved training program prior to July 1, 2022, he or she must SIMPLY pass a national certification examination administered by PTCB or NHA and submit to the board documentation of enrollment in the Board-approved pharmacy technician training program and passing examination score.” – Virginia Board of Pharmacy FAQ
1) Pass our PTCB-Recognized Course – $250
2) Pass the PTCB Exam – $129
3) Submit application to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy – $25

Effective July 1, 2022

New Pharmacy Technician applicants must have completed an ASHP-Accredited Training Program
1) Pass an ASHP Accredited Course – $1100 – $4000
2) Pass the PTCB Exam – $129
3) Submit application to the board of pharmacy – $25

You CAN be grandfathered in!

Q: What if a registered pharmacy technician trainee is enrolled in a Board-approved distance learning program prior to 7/1/2022?
A: If the pharmacy technician trainee was enrolled in the Board-approved training program prior to July 1, 2022, the trainee must SIMPLY pass a national certification examination administered by PTCB or NHA and submit to the board documentation of enrollment in the Board-approved pharmacy technician training program and passing examination score.
Virginia Board of Pharmacy – Technician Training Program FAQs

Virginia State Specific Requirements until July 1st, 2022

The State Board of Pharmacy in Virginia requires that you have a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Certification before gaining a license to work as a Pharmacy Technician. The Virginia Board of Pharmacy application is very straightforward.

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED
  • You must not have been convicted of any felonies or drug-related misdemeanors
  • Submit an application and application fee of $25
  • You must obtain 5 continuing education units (CE’s or CEU’s) every year and renew online ($25 renewal fee) before December 31st of each year
  • Effective January 3, 2021, emergency regulation 18VAC110-20-111 (C) requires anyone enrolled in a pharmacy technician training program and performing the duties of a pharmacy technician to hold registration as a pharmacy technician trainee.
    • This is only applicable if you plan to begin work before passing the PTCB Exam, and subsequently, gaining your VA License

Richmond Metro Pharmacy Tech Salary: $17.40

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Requirements:

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