Currently, New York does not regulate pharmacy technicians. However, at present there is continued debate as to whether technicians should be licensed in the state.
Therefore, certification of pharmacy technicians is not yet required. That said, there are a number of major pharmacies that do expect technicians to undertake PTCB or ExCPT exams to practice in their chains.
Technicians must be registered with the State Board of Pharmacy. See below for the process that technicians must follow.
Alternatively, technicians who have practiced / obtained their license in another state may register any practice as a pharmacy technician in New York.
Training is required – and this is typically carried out by pharmacies who request that new technicians undergo supervised training. Pharmacies may also pay for their staff to take either the PTCB or ExCPT examinations.
It may be challenging to enter as a trainee in a New York pharmacy unless you have completed either of these two national exams. Competition for technician roles in New York is currently high and only those who have completed these approved exams are likeliest to be employed by the pharmacy – particularly in larger chains which have mandated these standards for their own businesses.
To register as a pharmacy technician in New York, the State Board has issued their own requirements for candidates to meet. These include:
The following requirements have been issued by the PTCB for candidates who wish to become pharmacy technicians in New York:
To maintain the pharmacy tech license in New York, candidates must complete CE – or continuous education.
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 If you notice any out-of-date details on this summary, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will review any issues brought to our attention and rectify any issues as soon as practicable.
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