Colorado Pharmacy Technician Info

Looking for information about Colorado pharmacy technician requirements? Following are the important facts you need to know about the requirements for pharmacy technicians in Colorado.

Does Colorado regulate pharmacy technicians? No

Is certification required to practice in Colorado? No

What certification exam(s) is/are recognized by the state? PTCB (PTCE) and/or ICPT (ExCPT)

Is licensure required? No.

Is training required? No, however, you must work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist licensed in Colorado.

Colorado State Board of Pharmacy
www.dora.state.co.us/pharmacy
Office: 1560 Broadway, Suite 1310
Denver, CO 80202-5143
Voice: 303-894-7800 Fax: 303-894-7764

What do I need to become a pharmacy tech in Colorado?

  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Although most pharmacy technicians in Colorado receive informal on-the-job training, employers (especially the chain stores) favor those who have completed formal training and certification from one of the national organizations (PTCB or ICPT).

Are there Continuing Education (CE) requirements? No.

Other good info to know about Colorado pharmacy technician requirements:

  • A technician may only perform pharmacy functions that do not require professional judgment.
  • Colorado law does not require pharmacy technicians to be certified as long as the pharmacist supervises less than three technicians. If the pharmacist supervises three or more technicians, one of those technicians must have one of the following qualifications:
  • Be recognized by a national certification board.
  • Possess a degree from an accredited pharmacy technician training program.
  • Have completed 500 hours of experiential training.

Colorado Pharmacy Technician Requirements May Change Soon

We recommend you stay up to date on any changes in Colorado's policy on regulating pharmacy technicians. The Board of Pharmacy website has an email notification service to alert you to any updates on rule changes or meeting decisions. You can sign up for this service by clicking here.

In 2008, the Board of Pharmacy organized a Pharmacy Technician Taskforce. This group has met several times since 2008. The group consists of technicians and pharmacists, explores issues regarding the possible regulation of pharmacy technicians. The group then reports its findings back to the Board. Regulation could range from licensing, to registering to required certification of pharmacy technicians.

The group reviewed requirements from other states as guidance. They recognize that the regulation of pharmacy technicians in other states is rapidly changing and that the pharmacy field has also changed greatly in recent years. This group recognizes that pharmacists need to delegate more tasks to the pharmacy technicians. Among their discussions is an analysis of board-approved pharmacy technician education programs.

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