Ohio Pharmacy Technician Info

Looking for Ohio pharmacy technician information? Following are the important facts you need to know about certification of pharmacy technicians in Ohio.

Does Ohio regulate pharmacy technicians? Yes.

Is certification required to practice in Ohio? Only for CERTIFIED pharmacy technician registration. Not for REGISTERED pharmacy technician registration.

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

When is registration required? Before being able to practice as a pharmacy technician.

Is licensure required? Yes.

What do I have to do to become a pharmacy technician in Ohio?

  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Submit to a criminal background check. In the interest of public safety, Ohio requires two criminal background checks: one by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, and one by the FBI.
  • Pass a Board-approved technician exam. (You may work as a pharmacy technician for up to 12 months without passing a Board-approved exam, providing you are studying for and intend to take the exam.)
Is training required?

Yes, the supervising pharmacist oversees on-the-job training and keeps the appropriate records of the training.

Are there Continuing Education (CE) requirements? No. If you are nationally certified, however, maintaining your certification requires CE (20 units of continuing education every two years).

How often is renewal required? For CERTIFIED technicians, renewal will begin in August 2020 (techs will be notified of the exact date in the spring of 2020). A certified technician is required to maintain their certification. If the technician does not want to maintain their certification, they will be required to re-apply for licensure as a REGISTERED technician.

For REGISTERED technicians, renewal will begin on January 31, 2020. An email notification will be sent out to REGISTERED technicians on January 31, 2020 indicating the registration can be renewed. The renewal fee for registered technicians is $50.

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

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

  • 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.

Essential Contact Info for the Ohio Pharmacy Technician

Ohio State Board of Pharmacy
Office: 77 S High St, Room 1702
Columbus, OH 43215-6126
Telephone: 614-466-4143 Fax: 614-752-4836

Professional Association for Ohio Pharmacy Technicians:
Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA)

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