Passed the Pharm Tech test, what's next?

by Tuan
(Woodstock, Ga)

Today (December 30th), I successfully passed the Pharm Tech Exam on my first attempt . Yeah!. Now they said they are going to mail me my certificate between 1-3 weeks. So I wonder what's next? After I get my certificate, I can apply places like CVS, Wal-mart, Walgreens and Rite-aid? right?

Reply (by Keith)

Congrat's for passing the exam. I've no idea how it works in Georgia, so I'll use the state I live (Oregon) in as an example. After you pass the PTCB or ExCPT here and receive your certificate, you must mail a copy of it to the Oregon Board of Pharmacy. You also have to send them a passport size photo and submit a background check. All of that along with the (I think it's currently) $50 fee. They process everything and then send a state issued license. And that's when you can accept work as a Pharmacy technician here. On pharm applications they even ask for your state issued license number. So, the answer is that it depends on your state. Some states are more strict than Oregon. Yet, others are more lax and don't even require National Certification thru the PTCB or ICPT. In fact, some states only require you to be 18 years old. Seems ridiculous, right?

So, I recommend checking with the state you plan on working in to see their specific requirements.

Best of luck in your search


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Passed the Pharm Tech test, what's next?

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Dec 31, 2010
Georgia and the PTCB
by: Ron Aylor

Tuan - Congrats on passing the exam! This is no easy feat and something to be very proud of. Georgia is one of the last hold outs to officially recognize the PTCB certification. You will have to be employed to be registered. Registration of Pharmacy Technicians is something new starting 2011. Visit the Georgia Board of Pharmacy at for more detail.

Jan 01, 2011
Another Obstable ?
by: tuan

really, i have to be employed to be register in ga? i've spent alot of time looking for information where i can register with the Board of Pharmacy in Ga but it seems like GA doesnt give a butt about pharmacy technician. anyone here lives in GA and currently works in a pharmacy ?

Feb 28, 2011
by: Anonymous

Was this website helpful in passing the PTCB Exam? I mean, were the practice exams similar to the Questions in the actual pharmacy tech exam?

Mar 15, 2011
Very helpful
by: tuan Nguyen

This website helped tremendously. I studied everything on this website. Remember to spend time on the sig. abbreviations and the math. Most of the questions were math related, so you should spend as much times as possible to study the math.

Jun 04, 2011
Just Passed!
by: Cyndy

I'm in California and this site did definitely help. But, I honestly only referred to it for the Math and Abbreviations section. The layout of the quizzes did help. But, I also had a textbook from a friend who passed the exam as well and also used that to study.

overall though... great feeling and I'm glad I had this website help with the organization of the notes! =)

Jul 03, 2011
other areas for the Pharm Tech
by: Cali Anonymous

Also do not forget that with your license/certification you can also work in the insurance business starting in PBM (Pharmacy Benefit Management)-in the Prior Authorization department, Clinical review or grievance and appeal. You need retail experience. I have been doing this for the past 8 years(fresh out of tech school) in California and we do business for Georgia clients (so I know they have BCBS of GA and other insurance companies there). Also you can go into mail order pharmacy. Both of these outlets pay way more than retail and hospital and you can move into so many different areas w/in the Health Insurance industry that don't require your pharmacy license/certificate.

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