Submit necessary documentation to register with your state board of pharmacy exam
There are a number of documents and other things that you may have to submit if you are hoping to write your certified pharmacy technician exam. The information that you may to present in this instance may differ quite significantly from state to state. This means that you have to do research from the day that you decide to write the exam and become a certified pharmacy technician. You need to be sure that you are fulfilling the requirements for your particular state every step of the way and that you are not wasting your time as you go along. There may be things that only have to be done and submitted in your state particularly, so it is important that you take the time to make sure that you are in line with your state’s requirements. For example you may be required to submit a photograph in one state but not in another. Depending on how strict they are at your examination centre you may then be told that you cannot write the exam if you do not have a photo. You may also have to submit fingerprints. This is quite a common requirement as it is related to the background check that they will do of you to see if you are the right kind of person for a job like this. In some cases these documents and other requirements may only have to be provided once you have passed the test, but it is still better to have them with you when you arrive just in case. Being told you cannot be certified merely because you do not have the documentation required can be devastating so make sure that you are not caught out. Research and prepare properly for the examination.
Sign up for the certified pharmacy technician exam
Once you have identified what documentation you need, and once you are certain that you are well prepared for the exam, it is time to actually register to write the examination. You will have to schedule an exam date either online or by telephone. There are two main places that offer an exam of this kind. If you do your exam through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) you will have to pay a fee of $129 to participate. You will have two hours to complete the exam and the exam will consist of 90 multiple choice questions based on what you have studied. The other body that offers an exam of this kind is the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT). This exam will cost you only $95 to participate in and has 110 multiple choice questions. However you will also only have two hours to complete this exam. Use this information about the two examining bodies to decide which exam you would like to write. To register for the exam offered by the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) you will have to call them and make your payment telephonically or via email. If you take the exam through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) you will have to register for the exam online and make your payment with your credit card. There are some details that you will have to provide regardless of which of the two exams you choose to write. These things are your full name, date of birth, address and Social Security number. To write the exam or you will need is your identification card. As the exams are both electronically based you will not have to take anything like pens and paper with you to the exam centre. All you will need to do is to prove your identity.