Certified pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists in preparing prescriptions, providing customer service and performing administrative duties. They are typically responsible for providing prescription requests, counting tablets and labelling bottles. There are no standard requirements in becoming a certified pharmacy technician, although a high school diploma or GED is required. Some pharmacy technicians either receive on-the-job training or vocational training, which may take up to 12 months. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, certified pharmacy technicians can make between £7.10 and £12.20 per hour, although certified technicians may make more than noncertified technicians.
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Register with the state board of pharmacy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics website says registration is required to become a pharmacy technician. You will have to show proof of your high school diploma (or GED) and pay an application fee.
Look for pharmacy training programs. You can find these at many community colleges or technical schools. However, your state board of pharmacy may not require you to seek additional education. They may say that on-the-job training is enough.
Choose the right school, if education is important to you. Only choose an institution from an accrediting board such as the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Choose a program that provides an externship, so you can receive hands-on training.
Get hands-on training, if you prefer. Once you register with the state pharmacy board, you can receive hands-on or on-the-job training from licensed pharmacists.
Take the test for certification. Once you pass, you will become a certified pharmacy technician. You can now build your resume upon your new career.
Tips and warnings
- You will need basic knowledge of computers and typing. Take keyboarding classes online or at a local community college.
- Gain basic knowledge on math by memorising calculations and basic algebra. Find math books at your local library and study them.
- Do your research on schools before making any final decisions.
- Become aware of pharmacy laws and regulations.
- Make sure your school has a career placement program.
- Research the different certification exams, since some states don't recognise them.
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