2.5 Million

10 year Job Growth

$31,500

Avg. Starting Salary1

Issuing Authority

Issuing Authority Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) was established in 1995 and has certified over 525,365 pharmacy technicians through the examination and transfer process. PTCB develops, maintains, promotes and administers a nationally accredited certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians to enable the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety.

CPhT Pharmacy Technician Training Certification Details

The certified Pharmacy Technician training program will teach you all the skills you need to gain the Certified Pharmacy Technician certification through the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board). The Pharmacy Technician certification exam provides the opportunity to work in a pharmacy setting and receive requests for prescriptions from doctor’s offices and patients.

**PLEASE NOTE: Students residing in the states of South Carolina, Louisiana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, Utah, Michigan, Maryland and Ohio – these states require Pharmacy Technicians to complete an ASHP-accredited program in order to become licensed. If the student's goal is to become certified and licensed as a Pharmacy Technician, please refer to our Pharmacy Technician Professional program, as it is ASHP/ACPE accredited and meets these state requirements.

Students residing in the state of Washington – this program is NOT approved for the long-term licensing of Pharmacy Technicians. The WA Board of Pharmacy has additional requirements if the student plans to permanently reside in Washington. If a student is living in WA short-term (less than 2-years) they can obtain a temporary license.

CPhT Certification Skills Gained

  • Receive and process prescription requests from patients, and those sent electronically from doctors’ offices
  • Accurately count, weigh, pour and mix medications
  • Prepare accurate prescription labels and package prescriptions
  • Prepare and Process insurance claim forms and manage inventory
  • Establish and maintain patient profiles as well as computerized patient records

CPhT Career PathwaysAttainable Jobs

highest Paying

Compounding Specialist (Compounding pharmacy tech)

Compounding specialists meet the needs of people who are unable to take medication in the commercial form. They receive orders from a multitude of prescribers and complete the compound mixtures in a safe and carefully controlled environment following special procedures.

$24,000 - $55,000
Estimated Salary1

highest Paying

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians work with pharmacists to help prepare and give out prescription medication, take prescriptions over the phone and in person, help mix medicines, count pills,measure medication, label and give instructions for medicine, help take payments, and work with health professionals and customers.

$19000 - $49000
Estimated Salary1

highest Paying

Medication Adherence Technician

Prepares medication for the patients Medication Therapy Management process (MTM). These patients are transitioning from being in the hospital to going home.

$19000 - $45000
Estimated Salary1
1All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.