New Mexico Pharmacy Tech Info

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

Does New Mexico regulate pharmacy technicians? Yes.

Is certification required to practice in New Mexico? Yes. You may work as a registered uncertified pharmacy technician for up to one year, however, while obtaining certification.

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.

New Mexico Board of Pharmacy
Office: 5200 Oakland N.E., Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Telephone: 505-222-9830 or 800-565-9102 Fax: 505-222-9845

Professional Association for New Mexico pharmacy techs:
New Mexico Pharmacists Association

Vital Info for New Mexico Pharmacy Techs

What do I have to do to become licensed?

  • Submit a written pharmacy technician application to the New Mexico State Board of Pharmacy requesting registration as a pharmacy technician (download application here).
  • Include the nonrefundable application fee of $30.
  • Be nationally certified. If you are not already certified, you must complete a Board-approved training program with a minimum of 220 hours and pass the PTCE or ExCPT within one year of registering.
Is training required?

 The pharmacist-in-charge in the place of employment is responsible for any training.

Are there Continuing Education (CE) requirements? No. If you are nationally certified, however, maintaining your certification requires CE (twenty units of continuing education every two years).

How often is renewal required? Biennially. Registration expires on the last day of your birth month. The renewal fee is $30. Renewal link and instructions here).

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

Other good info to know about New Mexico's pharmacy tech requirements:

  • Technicians must wear name tags identifying themselves as pharmacy technicians and display their registration certificates at all times while working.
  • 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 up to four pharmacy technicians in the pharmacy.

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