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Washington Pharmacy Technician

Take a look at these frequently asked questions about becoming a Pharmacy Technician in the state of Washington. Remember though, the requirements vary from state to state, so if you are not living in Washington these questions and answers likely won’t be of use to you. For those living in Washington, you 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 Washington?

Yes, you are required to pass a certification exam through the PTCB or ICPT. Many states do not require certification, but it is important to realize that it’s actually a good thing for all Pharmacy Technicians if a state requires certification. In most cases, states without this requirement have a lot of very low paying jobs that can get by with paying $9/hr because the job is a low requirement position. In states where certification is required, the average wage is much higher for the position.

Which Pharmacy Technician certifications are approved in Washington?

Both the ICPT and the PTCB certifications are state board approved.

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

Yes.

What is the contact information for the Washington State Board?

WSPQAC@doh.wa.gov

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

You must submit a written application to the state board.

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

Yes, it must be renewed annually to avoid termination of employment.

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

Yes, in addition to becoming certified you’ll also need to complete a state approved training program for pharmacy technicians.