To work as a pharmacy technician in Georgia, you have to be licensed by the state Board of Pharmacy (link to license application is at the bottom). A formal educaton is not required by the state board, but some training will help in passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)exam and will also help improve your credibility. You can train under a certified pharmacist and study or your own before taking the PTCB exam or other certification test. Below is a summary of the official requirements to become licensed pharmacy tech in the state of Georgia.
Pharmacy technician training in Georgia requirements
Submit the $100 application fee;
Must be least 17 years old;
Must be enrolled in high school, has a high school diploma or has a GED;
Obtain a criminal history background check through the Cogent Systems/GAPS at a GAPS location;
If currently employed in a pharmacy, submit the license number of the pharmacy where the applicant is employed; and
If certified, submit a copy of Pharmacy Technician Certification Board certificate.
Even though a formal education is not required it advisable that aspirant role in some certification program to prepare them for the challenges ahead.
4 Steps: Pharmacy technician training in Georgia
1. Enroll in a pharmacy tech program
Enroll in a community college, a vocational school, or even an online school with the Georgia Pharmacy Technician certification program that fits the description of your choice. These courses will enable you to pass the PTCB exam, and earn the credentials necessary to becoming a certified professional Pharmacy Technician. You have the option of a 6-month to 1-year program, or you register for the an associate degree with a 2-years college in the state.
2. Take the PTCB Exam
After successful completion of a certification program, register for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. There are many different material available online for the test. Find study guides and sample tests to prepare for the test. Register and take the test. (Registration link in bottom)
3. Join the Georgia Board
After you have passed the PTCB exam, apply to become a licensed Pharmacy Technician in Georgia.
4. Join state and national profession organization
Joining profession organization recognized the state and nationally will help your creditability and also keep you on your toes. Some of these organization offer training, seminar that help keep there members informed of latest activities in the pharmacy technician field. You will also have close connect with like-minded people. Below are some of the organization that you can join.
Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA)
Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists
National Pharmacy Technician Association
National Association of Board of Pharmacy