Pharmacy Tech Texas Information

Looking for information about pharmacy tech Texas? Following are the important facts you need to know about the requirements to become a Texas pharmacy technician.

Does Texas regulate pharmacy technicians? Yes.

Is certification required to practice in Texas? Certification is required in order to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician (Ph.T.R.).

It is NOT required to become a Pharmacy Technician Trainee.

Note, also, that there are exemptions allowed.

An example exemption is having been continuously employed as a pharmacy technician for at least 10 years.

Another example exemption is working in rural counties with a population of 50,000 or less IF certain eligibility requirements are met.

More information on certification exemptions can be found here.

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

When is registration required? Before practicing as a pharmacy technician OR a pharmacy technician trainee.

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

What do I have to do to become registered?

  • Have your PTCB certificate in hand (for Registered Pharmacy Technicians only, not for Pharmacy Technician Trainees).
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Pass a criminal record check, including submitting fingerprint information.
  • Submit a written pharmacy technician application to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy requesting registration as a pharmacy technician (download application here).
  • Include the non-refundable application fee of $41 (for trainee applicants) or $64 (for registered pharmacy tech Texas applicants).
Is training required?

Yes--the employing pharmacy is required to provide training. The technician may also obtain training through formal education. No specific training programs are approved through the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, but they do recommend obtaining education through ASHP-accredited programs.

Are there Continuing Education (CE) requirements? Yes--for Registered Pharmacy Technicians, 20 contact hours per renewal period. However, this requirement is waived if the technician maintains certification through the PTCB. Trainees are not required to obtain CE hours.

How often is renewal required? For Registered Pharmacy Technicians, renewal is required every 2 years. Note that any registration that has been expired for more than 1 year, the applicant must submit an initial application. Renewals for registered pharmacy technicians cost $80 and can be done online here. Trainee registrations are valid for 2 years only and may NOT be renewed.

What should I do if I change jobs or change my home address? A change of address form may be obtained from the division’s website here.

Other good info to know about being a pharmacy technician in Texas:

  • If you do pursue formal education and get an externship experience as part of the program, you must still become registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy in order to function in the externship program.
  • It takes 2-3 weeks to process the application for those with no criminal history. For those with a criminal history, the process can take a minimum of 4-6 months.

Essential Contact Info for Pharmacy Tech Texas

Texas Board of Pharmacy
Texas State Board of Pharmacy
333 Guadalupe St.
Tower 3, Suite 600
AUstin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 305-8000
Fax: (512) 305-8082

Professional Association for Texas pharmacy technicians:
The Texas Pharmacy Association

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