Florida Pharmacy Technician Info

Looking for information about Florida pharmacy technician requirements? Following are the important facts you need to know about the Florida pharmacy tech registration requirements.

Does Florida regulate pharmacy technicians? Yes

Is certification required to practice in Florida? No

What certification exam(s) is/are approved by the state? PTCB (PTCE); however, even if certified, you must complete a Board-approved training program.

Florida Department of Health: Board of Pharmacy
www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/pharmacy
Office: 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C-04
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-245-4292

Professional Association for Florida pharmacy technicians:
Florida Pharmacy Association
www.pharmview.com

When is Florida pharmacy tech registration required? You must obtain your registration certificate BEFORE working in a pharmacy.

Is licensure required? Yes.

What do I have to do to become licensed?

  • Be 17 years of age or older.
  • Submit a written pharmacy technician application to the Florida State Board of Pharmacy requesting registration as a pharmacy technician (download application here).
  • Submit proof of having completed a Board-approved pharmacy technician training program.
  • Include a copy of your U.S. social security card.
  • Include the biennial registration fee of $55 and the application fee of $50 ($105 total).

Is training required? Yes. You must complete a Board-approved pharmacy technician training program. More information on programs is available here.

Are there Continuing Education (CE) requirements? Yes. As a condition of registration renewal, a registered pharmacy technician must complete 20 hours biennially of continuing education courses approved by the board or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, of which 4 hours must be via live presentation and 2 hours must be related to the prevention of medication errors and pharmacy law.

How often is renewal required? Biennially. Licenses expire at midnight on December 31 of the expiring registration year. Renewal fee is $55 and you may renew online at www.FLHealthSource.com.

What should I do if I change jobs or change my home address? Notify the board immediately.

Other good info to know about Florida pharmacy tech requirements:

  • A pharmacy technician student who is enrolled in a pharmacy technician training program that is approved by the board may be placed in a pharmacy for the purpose of obtaining practical training, and registration as described above is not required.
  • A pharmacy technician student shall wear identification that indicates his or her student status when performing the functions of a pharmacy technician.
  • A person whose license to practice pharmacy has been denied, suspended, or restricted for disciplinary purposes is not eligible to register as a pharmacy technician.
  • A person who is licensed by the state as a pharmacy intern may be employed as a registered pharmacy technician without paying a registration fee or filing an application with the board to register as a pharmacy technician.
  • A Florida pharmacy technician’s registration certificate must be displayed in the pharmacy at all times.
  • A Florida pharmacist may supervise one technician unless given permission by the Board to supervise no more than three.
  • A pharmacy technician registered prior to January 1, 2011, who has worked as a pharmacy technician for a minimum of 1,500 hours under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist or received certification as a pharmacy technician by certification program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies is exempt from the requirement to complete an initial training program for purposes of registration.

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