Pharmacy Technician Illinois Information

Looking for pharmacy technician Illinois information? Following are the important facts you need to know about the requirements for obtaining an Illinois pharmacy technician license.

Does Illinois regulate pharmacy technicians? Yes

Is certification required to practice in Illinois? Yes

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

Is an Illinois pharmacy technician license required? Yes. However, you may work in a pharmacy assisting a pharmacist for up to 60 days while your application is being processed. A copy of your application must be kept at the pharmacy where you are working during this period.

What do I have to do to become licensed?

  • Be 16 years of age or older.
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent or be in the process of completing it.
  • Submit a pharmacy technician application to the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy requesting registration as a pharmacy technician (view the application here).
  • Include the nonrefundable application fee of $40.
  • If you are already certified, you may apply to be a certified pharmacy technician by including proof of your graduation from a pharmacy technician training program or documentation by the Illinois-licensed pharmacist-in-charge under whom you have been trained, plus proof of your having passed one of the nationally recognized certification exams (PTCE or ExCPT). View the certification application here.

Is training required?   Yes. You must complete the training required by the pharmacist-in-charge in the following areas:

  • Duties and responsibilities of technicians and pharmacists.
  • Tasks, technical skills, policies, and procedures.
  • Compounding, packaging, labeling, and storage.
  • Pharmaceutical and medical terminology.
  • Record keeping requirements.
  • Perform and apply mathematical calculations.

Are there Continuing Education (CE) requirements? No.

How often is renewal required? Annually. Pharmacy technician licenses expire on March 31 regardless of the date of issuance.

What should I do if I change jobs or change my home address? Submit a written request within 30 days to the Division of Professional Regulation - LMU1 320 West Washington Street, 3rd Floor, Springfield, IL 62786

Other good info to know about Illinois pharmacy tech requirements:

  • The pharmacy technician’s certificate of registration must be displayed and visible to the public in the pharmacy where the technician is employed.
  • No pharmacist whose license has been denied, revoked, suspended or restricted for disciplinary purposes can be registered or employed as a Pharmacy Technician.

Contact Info for Associations for the Pharmacy Technician Illinois

IL Division of Professional Regulation: Board of Pharmacy

Office: 320 West Washington Street, Suite 312
Springfield, IL
Telephone: 217-782-8556  Fax: (217)782-7645
Mail: P.O. Box 7007
Springfield, Illinois 62791

Professional Association for Pharmacy Technician Illinois residents:
The Illinois Pharmacists Association

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