Washington D.C. Pharmacy Tech Certificate – DC

How to Become a Pharmacy Technician in District of Columbia

  1. Be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.  Courses in mathematics, spelling and reading are encouraged. 
  2. Determine training path for becoming a pharmacy technician.  Although there is currently no formal training required or legislation regulating pharmacy technicians in the District of Columbia, employers expect applicants to have received formal training.  In Washington, DC pharmacy technician certification programs offer formal training that includes classroom and laboratory work in a variety of medical areas, making them much more appealing to employers. The National Pharmacy Technician Training Program is advised but not mandatory.  

  3. Complete eligibility requirements to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, however it is not required:
    • A background check;
    • No felony convictions of any kind within the past five years;
    • No drug or pharmacy related felony convictions. 
  4. Contact the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians to register for and complete the National Certification Examination. Again, this is not required, but will provide you with national recognition as a pharmacy technician and provide you with skills that will make you much more marketable.  

Advancement Opportunities for Pharmacy Technicians in Arizona
Pharmacy technicians with significant job experience and certification can be promoted into supervisory positions, specialty positions, and may even mentor and train pharmacy technicians with less experience.  Some pharmacy technicians continue their education and go on to be Pharmacists.  Career advancements also come with added salary and benefits. 

Professional Organizations for Pharmacy Technicians in the District of Columbia
The District of Columbia does not have an organization or association that is solely dedicated to assisting pharmacy technicians.  The organizations below assist pharmacy technicians and provide them with support and information regarding the profession and its licensing and registration requirements in the District of Columbia. 

  • Washington D.C. Pharmaceutical Association - The Washington D.C.  Pharmaceutical Association is a member of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations.  The organization aims to enhance the professional management of state pharmacy technicians and encourage communication, education, and activities that are of common concern to the District of Columbia citizens. 

Washington D.C. Pharmaceutical Association
908 Caddington Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901-1109
(301) 593-3292 – Phone
(301) 593-7215 - Fax

  • District of Columbia Department of Health – The District of Columbia Department of Health is a government run and funded organization that aims to promote, prevent, and protect its citizens and workers.  The Department of Health is also home to the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy who regulates pharmaceutical practices and licensing in the state.  The Department of Health provides the most up-to-date information on certification requirements, deadlines, regulations, and legislation not only for pharmacy technicians but other healthcare providers in the state as well. 

 District of Columbia Department of Health
Government of the District of Columbia
825 North Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5955 – Phone
(202) 442-4795 – Fax

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