What are the prerequisites for being eligible for registration?
There are two methods for obtaining registration as a pharmacy technician. Either of the following methods is acceptable.
If an individual holds current certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), then he may submit the online Application for Registration as a Pharmacy Technician to the Board for review. Information regarding obtaining certification from PTCB may be accessed at www.ptcb.org and the Board’s online application may be accessed at www.license.dhp.virginia.gov/apply/.
An individual must satisfactorily complete a Virginia Board of Pharmacy approved training program, pass a Board of Pharmacy approved examination, and then submit the online Application for Registration as a Pharmacy Technician to the Board for review. There are many Board approved pharmacy technician training programs from which to choose. A complete list may be found by here. Additionally, there are currently two Board approved examinations. An individual may either take and pass the Virginia Pharmacy Technician Exam or the ExCPT exam. Information for the Virginia Pharmacy Technician Exam may be accessed at www.smttest.com/vapt and information for the ExCPT exam may be accessed at www.nhanow.com
Where can I get an application form?
The paper application for registration as a pharmacy technician has been replaced with an online application. The online application may be accessed on our website at www.license.dhp.virginia.gov/apply/.
What is the fee for registration?
A person who wishes to register as a pharmacy technician must submit a completed application and a $25 fee to the Board of Pharmacy. Checks are to be made payable to the “Treasurer of Virginia”. The application will usually be reviewed and verified, and processed within 7 to 10 business days. A pharmacy technician must maintain their registration in order to continue performing technician tasks. This requires a $25 annual renewal fee and the completion of 5 hours of pharmacy continuing education annually.
How do I know if the board has approved a training program?
Approved training programs may be identified by checking our website for a listing. Click on the “Technicians” link then on “List of Approved Pharmacy Technician Training Programs.” A person who has completed a training program prior to board approval need not retake the entire program after it is approved provided there have been no significant changes in the program or provided the person receives additional training on the portion that has been changed.
Source from: Virginia Board of Pharmacy