Idaho Pharmacy Technician Info

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

Does Idaho regulate pharmacy technicians? Yes.

Is certification required to practice in Idaho?
Yes. You may, however, be hired as a technician-in-training while you are working toward certification for a maximum of two renewal periods (2 years).

In addition, technicians registered prior to July 1, 2009 are 'grandfathered' and are not required to be certified as long as they remain with the same employer.

What certification exam(s) is/are approved by the state?

PTCB (PTCE) and/or ICPT (ExCPT).

When is registration required? Registration starts July 1 and is null and void on June 30 of the following year.

Is licensure required? Yes. You must obtain your registration certificate BEFORE working in a pharmacy.

What do I have to do to become licensed?

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent. Note: Pharmacy technician applicants who do not meet the requirements of 18 years of age and/or having received a high school diploma or GED will be able to apply for a waiver. The waiver must be approved by the Executive Director of the Board of Pharmacy and is intended to be utilized for high school students working in a school-to-work program.
  • Submit a written pharmacy technician application to the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy requesting registration as a pharmacy technician (download application here)
  • Include the application fee of $64.25.
Is training required?

No, however, once licensed you must work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist licensed in Idaho. The pharmacist-in-charge is responsible for administering a training program for preparing, compounding, and distributing medications and is also responsible for maintaining records.

Are there Continuing Education (CE) requirements? No, not mandated by Idaho; however, CE is required to maintain national certification.

How often is renewal required? Annually. Download renewal application here.

What should I do if I change jobs or change my home address? Notify the board by downloading the appropriate form here. Fill out the form, and submit it to the Board.

Other good info to know about Idaho pharmacy technician requirements:

  • A technician must wear a name tag identifying him- or herself as a pharmacy technician at all times while working, and identify him- or herself as a pharmacy technician on the telephone.
  • A technician may only perform pharmacy functions that do not require professional judgment.
  • A pharmacist may oversee up to six pharmacy technicians, pharmacy technician trainees, or pharmacy interns at one time.
  • No pharmacist whose license has been denied, revoked, suspended, or restricted for disciplinary purposes shall be eligible to be registered by the Board as a pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician in training.

Essential Contact Info for the Idaho Pharmacy Technician

Idaho Board of Pharmacy
Office: 1199 Shoreline Lane, Ste. 303
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 205-981-2280 Fax: 205.981.2330
Mail: P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83702

Professional Association for Idaho Pharmacy Technicians:
Idaho Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ISHP)

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