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Massachusetts Pharmacy Technician

People have many FAQs about becoming a Pharmacy Tech in Massachusetts. Remember, the requirements vary from state to state, so if you are not living in Massachusetts these questions and answers likely will not apply to your exact situation. Anyone currently living in the state of Massachusetts should be able to find all of the information needed to help pursue a Pharmacy Technician career below.

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

Technically no, but it is not as simple as that. The way it works in Massachusetts is different than most states, you’ll actually need to either complete the state’s designated training program to become state certified (not national), or you can become nationally certified. Another option that doesn’t require certification is to complete 500 hours of employment as a Pharmacy Technician (non-certified) and then take a board approved exam and pass it to continue employment.

Which Pharmacy Technician certifications are approved in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts accepts both the ICPT and the PTCB certifications, as well as their own state approved certification.

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

Yes, all technicians must be licensed and either certified or trained.

What is the contact information for the Massachusetts State Board?

239 Causeway St, 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02114. (617) 973-0950

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

You’ll need to meet a set of requirements as designated by the state board, once you’ve ensured you meet the requirements you can submit a written application.

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

-        Must be 18 years or older

-        Must be either enrolled in high school, possess a high school diploma, or have a GED

-        Must have no convictions involving controlled substances

-        Must include a non-refundable application fee of $136

-        Must include proof of either certification or training

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

Every two years on the license holder birthday the license will expire, make sure you’ve renewed before this date to ensure there is no inconvenience for your or your employer.

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

Yes, anyone who is not certified must complete a state approved training program. Certified technicians can bypass this with proof of certification. Pharmacists will also provide various on the job training exercises to help you out.