How to Become a
Pharmacy Technician in North Carolina

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

Does North Carolina regulate pharmacy technicians? Yes.

Is certification required to practice as a pharmacy technician in North Carolina? No.

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

When is registration required? You must apply for registration within 30 days of completion of a training program overseen by the pharmacist-in-charge at the place of employment.

Is licensure required? Yes.

What do I have to do to become licensed?

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete a training program supervised by the pharmacist-in-charge at your place of employment. The training must be completed within 180 days of your employment.
  • Submit an online pharmacy technician application to the North Carolina State Board of Pharmacy requesting registration as a pharmacy technician (access the information and application links here).
  • Include the nonrefundable application fee of $30.
  • Include a passport-type photo.
Is training required?

 Yes, the supervising pharmacist oversees on-the-job training.

Are there Continuing Education (CE) requirements? No.

How often is renewal required? Annually. Pharmacy Technician registrations expire December 31. The renewal fee is $30.

What should I do if I change jobs or change my home address? Report the change to the Board immediately at the link provided on this page. This includes change of employment and change of name or address.

Other good info to know about North Carolina 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.
  • The supervising pharmacist may supervise a limit of two pharmacy technicians in the pharmacy, unless one of the technicians is nationally certified, in which case the pharmacist may be allowed to supervise three technicians.
  • If you are registering to become a pharmacy technician in North Carolina for the first time AND you hold a military occupational specialty as a pharmacy technician, or if you are the spouse of an active member of the U.S. armed forces and are currently registered as a pharmacy technician in another state: contact Ms. Debbie Stump at the Board of Pharmacy (919.246.1050 ext. 223) prior to applying for a pharmacy technician in North Carolina registration.

Contact Associations for a Pharmacy Technician in North Carolina

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North Carolina Board of Pharmacy
Office: 6015 Farrington Road, Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Mail: PO Box 4560
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4560
Telephone: 919-246-1050 Fax: 919-246-1056

Professional Association for North Carolina pharmacy technicians:
North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP)

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