Massachusetts Pharmacy Tech Info

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

Does Massachusetts regulate pharmacy technicians? Yes.

Is certification required to practice in Massachusetts? No. However, you must be either nationally certified by PTCB or ICPT or be certified by the state of Massachusetts after successfully completing their Board-approved training program or completing 500 hours of pharmacy technician employment and passing the Board-approved exam.

What certification exam(s) is/are approved by the state? PTCB (PTCE) and ICPT (ExCPT). In addition, the board will also accept exam results from their approved pharmacy technician exam.

When is registration required? Certification or training must be completed before registering.

Is licensure required? Yes.

Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy
www.mass.gov/dph/boards/pharmacy
Office: 239 Causeway St, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: 617-973-0950 Fax: 617-973-0983

Professional Association for Massachusetts pharmacy techs:
Massachusetts Pharmacists Association (MPhA)
www.masspharmacists.org

What do I have to do to become licensed?

  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent or currently be a high school student in good standing.
  • Have no criminal convictions related to controlled substances.
  • Obtain a pharmacy technician application from Professional Credentialing Services Inc. (PCS) by calling 1-877-887-9727 or downloading the application here).
  • Pay the nonrefundable application fee of $136.
  • If you are certified, you must include proof of certification with your application.
  • If you are not certified, you must include proof with your application that you have successfully completed the Board-approved training program and passed the Board-approved exam.
Is training required?

Yes, if you are not nationally certified, you must complete the Board-approved training program before seeking licensure.

Are there Continuing Education (CE) requirements? No. However, CE is required to maintain national certification.

How often is renewal required? Biannually. Pharmacy technician licenses expire on the registrant’s birthday. The renewal fee is $51.

What should I do if I change jobs or change my home address? Report the change to the Board in writing within 10 business days.

Other good info to know about Massachusetts pharmacy tech requirements:

  • An individual may become a pharmacy technician trainee for a period of not more than 1000 hours, before completing the requirements for licensure.
  • A pharmacy technician must wear a name tag indicating that he or she is a “pharmacy technician.”
  • The technician-to-pharmacist ratio is three to one, provided at least one of the three support personnel is a pharmacy intern or a certified pharmacy technician.
  • A technician may only perform pharmacy functions that do not require professional judgment.
  • The supervising pharmacist is responsible for all actions of the pharmacy technician.

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