On 25 April 2021, a new Pharmacy Technician law came into effect. This law sought to improve medication safety standards and practice for pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and healthcare settings in New York. It included the new requirement that registered pharmacy technicians must have completed their PTCB or other accredited certification.

Previously, this was not the case. There was no mandated requirement for New York pharmacy technicians involved with compounding in healthcare settings to take the PTCB examination. According to the Pharmacy Technician Law, candidates must be at least 18-years; must have a high school degree (or equivalent); and must be PTCB-certified through an approved course. Candidates must have undergone site-specific training under the supervision of a pharmacist. Community pharmacy technicians would still be unlicensed and cannot compound. An alternative pathway is available for pharmacy technicians who have accrued more than 500-hours of work experience. The new Pharmacy Technician Law creates the official title of Registered Pharmacy Technician in New York state. The law also outlines the duties that pharmacy technicians must be qualified to deliver - including compounding requirements (which previously were not very well defined). New York State Board of Pharmacy will also include 2 new members, both of which are Registered Pharmacy Technicians.

New York State Requirements

To become a registered pharmacy technician in New York, candidates must meet the following requirements; as set out in Title 8, Article 137-A, Section 6844 of New York's Education Law and Part 63 of the Commissioner's Regulations:

  • To have applied as a trainee pharmacy technician in either retail pharmacy or hospital pharmacy.
  • Most pharmacy chains and independent pharmacies require candidates to be at least 18-years old and who have completed high school level education. Any other experience in the pharmacy or healthcare setting is an advantage.
  • Fee for licensure and registration in New York state is $175.00.
    Candidates who withdraw their licensure may be entitled to a partial refund.
  • Annual renewal of licenses is not required. However, continuous education under the PTCB license does apply (see below).

Please Note – PTCB Test Prep does its best to ensure that all information related to pharmacy tech licensing in New York is accurate and up to date. However, whilst we do our best to ensure that our details are as accurate as possible, at the time of writing, we do expect candidates to follow up with their State Board for any of the latest information that may have come to pass. If you notice any out-of-date details on this summary, please email us at support@ptcbtestprep.com and we will review any issues brought to our attention and rectify any issues as soon as practicable.

New York Pharmacy Technician Average Salary: $26.94/hr

PTCB Requirements for New York Pharmacy Techs

The following requirements have been issued by the PTCB for candidates who
wish to become pharmacy technicians in New York:

  • Candidates must be at least 18-years old.
  • Candidates must have earned a GED or high school diploma.
  • Candidates must have a clean criminal record – with no felonies.
  • Candidates must have completed a recognized PTCB course.
  • Candidates must register and complete the application from on the official PTCB website. The standard PTCB exam fee is $129.00.

Requirements for PTCB Continuous Education

To maintain the pharmacy tech license in New York, candidates must
complete CE – or continuous education.

PTCB requires:

Candidates must have completed at least 20-hours of CE in a 2-year cycle.

PTCB requires that CE must be related to the professional work and practice of a pharmacy technician.

Candidates must have completed at least 1-hour of this training in pharmacy law and regulations, and an additional hour in patient safety.

Candidates must pay the requisite fee of $40.00, which must be paid every 2-years.

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