Working as a pharmacy technician is a great way to gain valuable pharmacy experience before embarking for pharmacy school. Although pharmacy experience is not mandatory for pharmacy school, the work experience will set you apart from other applicants without any experience and show admission committees that this is definitely the career you want to pursue. Just passing the exam (without taking classes nor earning a degree) is usually enough for licensure, but check with your state board of pharmacy as requirements may differ.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians are the two organizations that administer pharmacy technician certification and examination. Certification is not mandatory in most States (required by some States and employers). In some states, you can work as a pharmacy clerk without any certification, but certification allows you a slightly higher salary and basic knowledge of the pharmacy before starting work. To be eligible for certification by either organization, candidates must have a high school diploma or GED, no felony convictions of any kind within 5 years of applying, and no drug or pharmacy related felony convictions at any point. Some employers may reimburse the costs of the exam.
Pharmacy technicians must be recertified every 2 years. Recertification requires 20 hours of continuing education within the 2-year certification period with at least 1 hour of education in pharmacy law. Up to 10 hours can be earned on the job under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. Continuing education hours can be earned from several different places, which include colleges, pharmacy associations, and pharmacy technician training programs.
These are the top books that will help you prepare for the pharmacy technician exam: