Washington

Washington has the some of the strictest regulations of any state in regard to Pharmacy Technician Licensing. After becoming licensed in Washington 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 Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and become Nationally Certified before trying to find a job as it can provide them with a greater salary and ease in finding a job.

Washington State Specific Requirements:

  • Obtain on the Job training at Fred Meyer, Rite Aid, Safeway, Sav-On, Walgreens, or Wal-Mart or other approved Washington board of Pharmacy Employer Educator
  • Obtain 4 hours of AIDS Education and Training
  • Pass the PTCB Exam
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete the Washington State Pharmacy Technician Application including:
    • The Verification of Active Pharmacy Practice
    • Have a work colleague complete the Pharmacy Technician Letter of Recommendation

Washington Pharmacy Technician Average Salary: $14.34

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED
  • You must have not been convicted of any felonies or drug related misdemeanors
  • Study for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
  • 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