Looking for Arizona pharmacy technician license information? Following are the important facts you need to know about the requirements for getting licensed as a pharmacy technician in Arizona.
Updated in 2022!
Does Arizona regulate pharmacy technicians?
Is certification required to practice in Arizona?
Yes, however, you do not need certification to become a pharmacy technician trainee. The difference between a pharmacy technician trainee and a pharmacy technician is certification from the PTCB.
What certification exam(s) is/are approved by the state?
PTCB (PTCE) and ExCPT.
When is registration required?
Registration is available throughout the year and the fee is prorated.
Is licensure required?
Yes. You must obtain your registration certificate BEFORE working in a pharmacy. This Arizona pharmacy technician licenses requirement is unique to this state.
What do I have to do to become licensed?
- Be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident. You must provide proof of legal residency and birth date.
- Have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
- Provide a government-issued photo ID.
- Provide proof of passing the PTCB or ExCPT exam.
- Provide a copy of a valid Arizona fingerprint clearance card.
- Submit a pharmacy technician application to the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy. Links for both pharmacy technician and pharmacy technician trainee are available here.
- The pharmacy technician trainee license is if you have not yet passed the PTCB or ExCPT exam and you’ve never held a technician trainee or technician license with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy. If you’ve held a trainee license before, you may be eligible for a reapplication.
- Report any felony or misdemeanor charges or disciplinary orders on the application.
- Include the registration fee of $82 (the fee is $50 for a pharmacist technician trainee application).
- Due to the Health Emergency, pharmacy technician trainee licenses that expired 12/30/2021 will be extended to June 30, 2022. The Board will re-evaluate again in June 2022 if additional extensions are required. The extension will apply to pharmacy technician trainee licenses that expire while we are in a Health Emergency. Please note: This extension will continue to be evaluated periodically, and so it is highly encouraged to become nationally certified and apply for your pharmacy technician license.
Is training required?
Yes. Pharmacist-in-charge is responsible for administering a training program and is responsible for maintaining records.
Are there Continuing Education (CE) requirements?
Yes. Twenty hours of CE, two of which must be in pharmacy law. More information regarding continuing education requirements are provided through this link. Note that they distinguish between Arizona-required CE and PTCB-required CE.
How often is renewal required?
Biennially. The renewal application fee is $72.
CE requirements for AZ pharmacy technicians
20 total CE hours are required for renewal
• Three (3) of the twenty (20) CE hours must be in opioid-related, substance use disorder-related, or addiction-related continuing education activities.
• Remote Dispensing Pharmacy Technicians: Two (2) hours in remote dispensing site pharmacy practices. These hours are in addition to the twenty (20) total CE hours required for renewal. This does not apply to pharmacy technicians who work from home.
Note: Remote Dispensing Pharmacy is also known as “Telepharmacy”.
A remote dispensing pharmacy technician is a pharmacy technician who works in a remote pharmacy in accordance with A.R.S. 32-1961.01. A remote pharmacy is supervised by a pharmacist remotely while the pharmacy technician works independently at the remote pharmacy. A remote pharmacy is physically staffed by pharmacy technicians while the pharmacist supervises remotely from another location. This does not apply to pharmacy technicians who work from home.
Essential Contact Info for Arizona Pharmacy Technician Licenses
Arizona State Board of Pharmacy
www.azpharmacy.gov Office: 1700 W. Washington Street, Suite 250 Phoenix, AZ 85007 Voice: 602-771-2727 Fax: 602-771-2749
Professional Association for Arizona Pharmacy Technicians
Arizona Pharmacy Alliance www.azpharmacy.org