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Pharmacy Technician
Preparation & Advancement

Preparation

Training is offered through AAS degree, certificate or diploma programs at numerous community or technical colleges. Once certified, workers get experience on-the-job. 

Certification

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Techniciansadminister national certification  exams. Under both programs, technicians must be recertified every 2 years, taking  20 hours of continuing education within the 2-year certification period. At least 1 hour must be in pharmacy law. Up to 10 hours can be earned on the job under direct supervision/instruction of a pharmacist.

Advancement

Pharmacy technician - pharmacist
Pharmacy technician - RN or  lab technician