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Iowa Pharmacy Technician


If you’re a resident of the state of Iowa and you’re interested in pursuing a career as a Pharmacy Technician, a great place to start is right here in your specific state’s FAQ. Remember, state laws for Pharmacy Techs are different in each state, so one states FAQ won’t apply to another state’s. Anyways, here’s some very useful information about Pharmacy Technicians in Iowa.

Do I need any certification to become a Pharmacy Technician in Iowa?

Yes. In recent years this was not the case, but as of January 1st, 2010, all Pharmacy Technicians in the state of Iowa are required to have a valid certification. You may become employed as a technician trainee for up to one year, and during that time period you must register a license and become certified otherwise your employment will be terminated.

Which Pharmacy Technician certifications are approved in Iowa?

Iowa approved both the ICPT and the PTCB certifications.

Am I required to have a license to become a Pharmacy Technician in Iowa?

Yes. If you are certified and find employment you can be hired as a Pharmacy Technician but will have 30 days to obtain a license. Alternatively, if you are hired as a technician in training, you will again only have 30 days to obtain a license.

What is the contact information for the Iowa State Board?

400 SW Eighth Street, Suite E Des Moines, Iowa. 50309 (515) 281-5944

How do I become licensed as a Pharmacy Technician in Iowa?

You’ll need to submit a written application to the state board, as well as meet all of the requirements to become licensed.

What are the requirements to apply for a license as a Pharmacy Technician in Iowa?

-        Must be 18 years of age

-        Must submit an application fee of either $55 for a Pharmacy Technician or $22 for a technician in training.

Does my Pharmacy Technician license ever expire in the state of Iowa?

Yes. Every two years your license will expire on the last day of your birth month, at which point it much be renewed for a $55 renewal fee.

Is there any training required to become a Pharmacy Technician in Iowa?

Currently no, there is no prior training required to be licensed or work as a Pharmacy Technician in Iowa. There will undoubtedly be on the job training provided by your pharmacist to help you get acquainted with the system.