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Cindy wrote at 2007-07-05 02:55:27
Some states require a Technician to be Registered. CA, WV, Texas are a few. Most hospitals prefer Technicians to be Nationaly Certified (CPhT)via Pharmacy Technician Certification Board(PTCB). Being registered allows the State Board of Pharmacy to have a handle on Technicians. If a tech is fired for ethical reasons, other employeers are protected from hiring them.

registered pharmacy tech wrote at 2009-10-28 14:15:53
Hey My name is Bianca,

I am a registered technician. and what that states is that u is allowed to work in that state as a  technician. and now that all of the states is making sure that u are going to school first before you start working in the pharmacy.

cheryl wrote at 2010-06-17 21:39:45
Hi, Tanisha the difference between a certified pharm tech is just about the same,you must first become certified before you can be registered by your state. Which includes fingerprinting and a FBI check. You may not any drug infractions past or present.

cheryl payne wrote at 2010-12-10 20:05:46
Hi, Tanisha. A certfied phamarcy must register with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy after passing the state exam to work in most Pharmacy's. If you fail to register with the state you can be fined up to $100.00.

Katanese wrote at 2010-12-23 16:31:57
A registered pharmacy tech (I am one myself in Texas) is basically registered in the state they practice in.  In order to become a Registered Pharmacy Tech, you would first need to become a Certified Pharmacy Tech though the National Pharmacy Tech Exam. Then, certain states (it is becoming increasingly comomon) require you to register within that state, thus becoming a Registered Pharmacy Tech.  Hope this helps. :)

BAP wrote at 2014-04-16 20:14:54
In order to become a pharmacy technician you must first pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) test. After that it is up to the state you work in whether or not you need to be registered. In Texas you have to be registered but can only do so after passing the PTCB exam.

Once you are registered you can let your certification laps but must keep your registration. The only benefit of keeping the PTCB certification is that it is transferable across state lines so if you plan on working in a different state keep the certification, if not let it laps and save yourself the time and money.

By the way changes are coming to the pharmacy technician field and there is talk from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board about making it into a required school program before you can take the PTCB exam. They are doing this for the money and that is it! Everything you learn you learn on the job and if you can’t then you shouldn’t be a technician. If you are going to become a pharmacy technician DO IT NOW! Save yourself several thousand dollars! Good Luck.

nsg wrote at 2014-06-22 06:30:44
A registered pharm tech is registered in the state. Florida requires all pharmacy techs to register with them. The certification is on the national level. I live in Florida, I passted the national test and am certified now. I have not registered with Florida State yet.  

nina wrote at 2014-07-20 05:10:01
what if you are working in a pharmacy but you have not been registered by the state but have recieved your certification as a pharmacy tech? yet while working there im in the process of getting registered? what do you think could happen?


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