Pharmacy Technician Certification in South Dakota - SD
Steps to Becoming a Pharmacy Technician in South Dakota
- If you are a high school student thinking of pursuing the career of pharmacy technician, take courses weighted in the sciences and math.
- Upon graduation, find a South Dakota pharmacy technician certification program. Receiving formal training will ease the national certification process later and also make obtaining a position as a pharmacy tech in the South Dakota much easier.
- Search for a position as a pharmacy technician assisting a licensed pharmacist. You can do this while still undergoing your training program, or after graduation. If you choose to do so while still undergoing college-based training, you will need to register with the state before beginning any on-the-job, on-site practical experience.
- Within 30 days of accepting the position as a pharmacy technician (or before beginning work if you're still in your college educational pharmacy tech training program) apply to register with the state Board of Pharmacy. This simple process involves filling out an application, which can be found at doh.sd.gov/Boards/pharmacy/Forms/TechnicianApplication.pdf , and then submitting it with a fee of $25 to:
South Dakota Board of Pharmacy
4305 South Louise Ave., Suite 104,
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
- After working for a while as a registered pharmacy tech, you should take the exam to become nationally certified. In the state of South Dakota, the national certification of pharmacy technicians is strictly voluntary. However, becoming nationally certified will improve your job security and open you to more jobs as a pharmacy technician in other states, if you ever decide to move out of South Dakota. You may become nationally certified through two methods:
- Take the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT). Testing centers are available in every state, including South Dakota. Contact:
Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians
2536 S Old Hwy 94, Suite 224
St. Charles, MO 63303
- Take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (sponsored by the PTCB). Test centers can be found through:
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
2215 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC 20037-2985