Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Requirements

Currently, pharmacy technicians are not regulated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy.

Furthermore, national certification is currently not required. However, PTCB certification is becoming more and more widespread and, given the competition for places within the sector, candidates should consider upskilling to obtain certification to improve career and salary expectations.

In addition, candidates are not required to obtain a license either. Instead, candidates should seek to get employed with a local or hospital pharmacy according to the specifications and job description set out. Some pharmacies may require experience and/or PTCB certification, whereas others may provide training under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist. Some may require a mix of both kinds of training.

It is up to the pharmacist to ensure that protocols are followed in ensuring that technicians are trained to the required standard before performing any specific duty, particularly those that relate directly to patient safety.

Pharmacy technicians in Pennsylvania are not required to undergo continuous education but must, if they have completed national PTCB certification, to complete CE to maintain that license (see below).

Pennsylvania Pharmacy Technician Average Salary: $16.70hr

PTCB Requirements for Pennsylvania Pharmacy Techs

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

  • 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 fee is $129.00, though, due to COVID-19, this has been reduced to $115.00.

Requirements for PTCB Continuous Education

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

PTCB requires:

  • Candidates must have completed at least 20-hours of CE in a 2-year cycle.
  • Candidates must have completed at least 1-hour of this training in pharmacy law and regulations, and an additional hour in patient safety.
  • PTCB requires that CE must be related to the professional work and practice of a pharmacy technician.
  • Candidates must pay the requisite fee of $40.00, which must be paid every 2-years.

Please Note – PTCB Test Prep does its best to ensure that all information related to pharmacy tech licensing in Pennsylvania 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.