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What Is a Certified Pharmacy Technician and How to Become One

What Is a Certified Pharmacy Technician?

A certified pharmacy technician works in a pharmacy or hospital to prepare and dispense prescription medications to patients. They work with a pharmacist to stock, organize, and label medications. They may use specialized pharmacy software solutions to receive and manage medications, which enables them to fill prescriptions while reducing labeling errors. Other duties include taking customer information and processing payments and insurance claims.

How to Become a Certified Pharmacy Technician

To begin your career as a certified pharmacy technician, obtain your high school diploma or GED certificate. Then complete a pharmacy technology education program or seek employment with a pharmacy that is willing to provide on-the-job training. Most states will have education, training, or exam requirements. You can seek the certified pharmacy technician certification, or CPhT, through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or National Healthcareer Association (NHA).