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What continuing education courses are available to pharmaceutical technicians for recertification?

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Pharmaceutical technicians can take courses in topics such as pharmacy operations, managed healthcare and prescription compounding, but must take at least one hour of a pharmacy law course per two-year period. Some college science courses can also be applied toward continuing education credits, according to the National Healthcareer Association.

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Continuing education can be completed through national or state pharmacy associations or private providers. Some common course providers are the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association and Pharmacy Technician's Letter. In-person courses, online courses, workshops and several other educational formats are acceptable for earning credits. Pharmaceutical technicians should keep a log of all continuing education hours in case they are selected for an audit prior to recertification.

In addition to completing applicable courses, pharmaceutical technicians should retake either the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam or the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians. In some states, the exams are optional or only one of the two is approved. These exams feature questions on topics such as patient care, medication control systems and pharmacy practices.

Pharmacy technicians can apply for recertification 100 days before their existing certification expires. Those whose certification expires can apply for reinstatement within a year of the expiration date.

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