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Pharmacy Technicians

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Some states license pharmacy technicians and all 50 states have adopted the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, a written, standardized test for voluntary certification of technicians. Those who pass the test can use the certified pharmacy technician designation, which most employers require. The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) also provides certification. Even though it is not required in every state, certification is recommended to enhance your credentials, demonstrate to employers your commitment to the profession, and possibly qualify you for higher pay. Visit the NHA's Web site,, for information about certification.

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