Montana Pharmacy Tech Info

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

Does Montana regulate pharmacy technicians?
Yes.

Is certification required to practice in Montana?
Yes.

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


When is registration required?
Before beginning employment.

Is licensure required?
Yes.

Montana Board of Pharmacy
mt.gov
Office: 301 S. Park Ave., 4th Floor
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Mail: PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

Telephone: 406-841-2371 Fax: 406-841-2305

Professional Association for Montana pharmacy techs:
Montana Pharmacy Association
www.rxmt.org 

What do I have to do to become licensed?

  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be nationally certified. If you are not already certified, you can apply for a pharmacy technician-in-training permit, which is valid for 18 months while you work toward certification.
  • Submit a written pharmacy technician application to the Montana State Board of Pharmacy requesting registration as a pharmacy technician (download application here).
  • Include the nonrefundable application fee of $60.
  • Include a passport-type photo.
  • Include three references, one of whom is a practicing pharmacist.
Is training required?

 Yes, the supervising pharmacist oversees on-the-job training.

Are there Continuing Education (CE) requirements? Keeping your national certification requires CE (twenty units of continuing education every 2 years), and you must be certified in Montana.

How often is renewal required? Annually. The renewal period is May 1 to June 30. The renewal fee is $50. Download renewal form here).

What should I do if I change jobs or change my home address? Report the change to the Board immediately.

Other good info to know about Montana pharmacy tech requirements:

  • A pharmacy technician can manage pharmacy operations for up to half an hour in the absence of a pharmacist (during that time, certain pharmacy tasks cannot be performed).
  • A technician must wear a name tag identifying him- or herself as a pharmacy technician at all times while working and display his or her license in the pharmacy.
  • A technician may only perform pharmacy functions that do not require professional judgment.
  • The supervising pharmacist (or pharmacist-in-charge) is responsible for all actions of the pharmacy technician.
  • The supervising pharmacist may supervise a limit of three pharmacy technicians in the pharmacy.
  • Montana has a “technician check technician” program that allows experienced pharmacy technicians to take on limited supervisory tasks within a hospital pharmacy setting.

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