Pharmacy Technician Certification in Utah - UT
Although in some states certification is optional, pharmacy technician certification in Utah is a mandatory requirement for licensure. Right now, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) both offer national certification for pharmacy technicians in Utah.
Professionals seeking certification:
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED);
- Must not have any felony convictions or misdemeanor/felony convictions related to illegal drugs or pharmaceuticals
- Must not have any prior limitations or denials regarding a license or registration from any State Board of Pharmacy
- Must not have any prior infractions against any State Board of Pharmacy.
If these qualifications are met, pharmacy technicians will likely be permitted to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) or (ExCPT). The examination consists of ninety multiple-choice questions which cover three major areas of a pharmacy technician’s professional responsibilities including assisting the pharmacist in serving patients; maintaining medication and inventory control systems; and participating in the administration and management of pharmacy practice.
Once a pharmacy technician successfully passes examination by the PTCB or ICPT, they are granted the title of “Certified Pharmacy Technician” (CPhT). Once granted, certification must be renewed every two years to maintain an active status. The recertification process involves the completion of twenty hours of continuing education activities with at least one hour dedicated to pharmacy law. Other popular subjects for continuing education activities include medication distribution, pharmacy operations, calculations, pharmacy technicians, interpersonal skills, organizational skills and inventory control systems, and pharmacology. Many pharmacy technicians accrue continuing education hours by participating in field-related workshops, lectures, college courses, in-service projects, and on-the-job training opportunities.