Individuals seeking to obtain pharmacy technician certification need to take the certification exam given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Eligibility for official certification requires that applicants have a high school diploma or the equivalent, pass the exam, and fully disclose legal background information required for licensing.
As of 2015, aspiring pharmacy technicians can submit an online application for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam at PTCB.org. A registration fee is required and candidates must agree to a background check for criminal activity and PTCB code violations. Failure to disclose drug-related State Board of Pharmacy violations or felony convictions are possible grounds for disqualification, but the board makes disqualification decisions on a case-by-case basis. The Board provides successful candidates with details on where and when to take the exam. Candidates are able to cancel or reschedule the exam up to 24 hours before the examination day.
The PTCB does not provide practice exams, but applicants can access a directory of pharmacy technician test preparation locations at ASHP.org, the official website for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. People who do not receive a passing grade are able to re-take the exam up to three times. Pharmacy board certification is valid in all 50 states. Employers are able to check a candidate's certification status at the verification page on PTCB.org.