New Hampshire Pharmacy Technician Requirements and Training Programs

New medications offering hope to those suffering with acute and chronic diseases make their debut on the market daily. The onslaught of new medications along with an increase in the number of middle-aged and senior persons requiring prescription drugs drive the demands for qualified pharmacy workers across the nation. According to the Department of Labor, there will be approximately 1,652 jobs for pharmacy technicians in New Hampshire by the year 2020. The projected figure represents a 17.1 percent increase from the 1,411 jobs in 2010. At the higher end, experienced and certified New Hampshire pharmacy technicians earn $15.57 per hour while new technicians can expect to earn $10.46. The New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy governs the practice of pharmacy within the states, outlining the training, certification, and roles and responsibilities of both Registered and Certified Pharmacy Technicians to ensure public safety.

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New Hampshire Pharmacy Technician Requirements

License Requirement

Any person who assists in performing manipulative and nondiscretionary pharmacy functions under a pharmacist’s supervision must register with the Board of Pharmacy. New technicians should register within 15 days of employment after completing 80 hours of initial training. Candidates must also meet the other requirements for registration:

  • Be 16 years or older
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent or working to complete high school or equivalent
  • Have a good moral character
  • No drug-related felonies

An applicant who has not completed the 80-hour training requirement can submit a letter from a supervising pharmacist with the application. The letter must indicate a date for completing the training.

Registered pharmacy technicians can register as a certified pharmacy technician after completing a minimum of 600 hours of training under a licensed pharmacist and passing a nationally recognized certification exam. Pharmacy technicians bearing the “certified” status with the Board, can only perform duties as a certified pharmacy technician as long the certification is current and in good standing. The technician must notify the pharmacist in charge and the Board within 15 days of a lapse in certification. Thereafter, the Board will assign the individual a “registered” status.

Registered and certified pharmacy technicians must renew their applications annually, report changes in their names and address, and perform only those duties that are in line with the Board’s regulations governing pharmacy technicians.

Age Requirement

The New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy accepts registration requests from persons 16 years and older only.

Education Requirement

All Registered and Certified Pharmacy Technicians must be high school graduates or have equivalent education. Applicants for Registered Pharmacy Technician status who are completing the requirements for high school graduation should present proof of their enrollment. The Board will accept an official letter from the institution specifying the intended date of graduation/completion of the equivalent education.

High school graduates can present a copy of their diploma, transcript with graduation date, GED certificate, or college transcript with a clear high school graduation date.

Other Requirements

The New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy may conduct a criminal history check at its discretion. A criminal background check is not a mandatory part of the registration process. However, applicants are expected to process complete and truthful responses to the “Charges, Convictions, and Disciplinary Actions” segment of the application form and attest to the accuracy of all answers. Individuals with prior convictions or disciplinary actions must explain each “yes” answer on a separate sheet of paper and provide copies of legal/court documents with the application for registration. While convictions do not always lead to disqualification for registration, they can delay the process and may often require further information and an interview with a representative from the Board.

The Pharmacy Technician Program


Comprehensive training programs prepare students to enter the medical industry as pharmacy technicians and take the PTCB or ICPT national certification exam. Employer-based training outnumbers training at colleges, vocational schools, universities and other institutions. The New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy requires pharmacy technicians to complete 80 hours of training under a licensed pharmacy after hire. Registered Pharmacy Technicians must complete another 600 hours of training as a requirement for certificate registration.

Formal institutions and pharmacist-trainers cover all aspects of pharmacy practice, including drug compounding, dosage calculations, pharmacy medical terminology, I.V. flow rates, dose conversions, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and identifying generic and brand name drugs. Students also learn the evolving role of pharmacy technicians, how to fill prescriptions, how to manage inventory, billing, and patient profiles.

Requirements for hire/entry into training depends on employers and training providers. Standard requirements include a high school diploma, criminal background investigation/check. TB testing, drug screen, immunization, and a physical exam. Students must register with the Board of Pharmacy 15 days after commencing in-house training at state-licensed pharmacies.

Duration and Cost

More than 80 percent of New Hampshire’s pharmacy technicians obtain their knowledge, skills and competency on the job, learning all they need under the direction of capable pharmacists. The on-the-job training has numerous benefits, which makes it an attractive option for many ne technicians. At an average rate of 3,450 for tuition plus other expenses, many students can save money while securing superior training in community and hospital pharmacies. Employers may cover tuition, textbooks, course materials, uniform, and state registration. Students work in the pharmacies full-time or part-time while they train, so it gives them a chance to earn while they learn.

National Exams

Pharmacy technicians work intimately with pharmacists to help facilitate the increasing demands for pharmaceutical products. With proper training, pharmacy technicians can work directly with the public and members of the pharmacy care team. National certification is the standard by which state boards and pharmacy employers make an initial judgment on pharmacy technicians’ competency. Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) under the prescription process, body functions, pharmacy law and ethics, and they have the confidence to process medication requests efficiently and meticulously.

Pharmacy technicians with “certified” registration with the Board obtain their certification after taking a national exam with the PTCB or ICPT. Both certifying agencies require applicants to be 18 years or older, possess a high school diploma, and pass a criminal background. Both agencies also have policies that members must adhere to. Applicants for ICPT certification must have formal training from an accredited training provider or 12 months of pharmacy employment. The PTCB does not currently have training requirements for members, but the requirements related to pharmacy technician training will go into effect by 2020.

Two-year registration with the PTCB is $129. To begin the process, you must submit an online application and the Board will verify your credentials and authorize testing at a Pearson Vue center in New Hampshire or other convenient location. The two-hour exam contains 90 multiple choice questions that cover six primary aspects of pharmacy practice. Successful candidates will receive a certificate and can carry the CPhT designation. The fee for PTCB renewal is $40.

The ICPT’s certification fee is $105. Like the PTCE, the ExCPT is a multiple-choice, 2-hour exam. However, the exam contains 110-multiple choice questions. After submitting an application to the Association, candidates can schedule a convenient time to take the exam at a LaserGrade/LSI centers of their choosing.

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Acquiring Your State License


New Hampshire law requires pharmacy technicians to register with the Licensure Unit of the Department of Health and Human Services within 30 days of beginning employment at a pharmacy or facility. The individual must be at least 18 years of age, a high graduate or equivalent, and have no criminal or drug-related misdemeanor or felony convictions to file an application with the Department.

Pharmacy Technician Application:

New Hampshire’s Pharmacy technicians may register as a “Registered Pharmacy Technician” or as a “Certified Pharmacy Technician” after completing a national certification exam. The “Registered” status is granted to individuals 16 years or older, who are high school graduates, have a good moral character and completed the prerequisite 80 hours of training. Pharmacy technicians must apply for registration within fifteen days of initial hire.

  • Secure the application form on the Board’s website and respond to all questions.
  • Enclose the $50 application fee using a check or money order made out to Treasurer, The State of New Hampshire.
  • Provide copies of your high school diploma or GED.
  • Include a copy of a government issued ID and social security card.
  • Applicants for “Certified” status should include proof of relevant certification from the PTCB, ICPT, or ASHP.
  • A pharmacist-in-charge should complete the statement on the first page of the application if applying for certified status.
  • Applicants for “registered” status should obtain a letter from a pharmacist-in-charge requesting time to complete the prerequisite 80 hours of training – only if they did not complete the training hours.

Note: Applicants for “certified” status must complete at least 600 hours of training in addition to successfully passing a national exam.

The Board will issue a registration certificate to each successful applicant. A copy of the certificate must be posted in the prescription department at the pharmacy technician’s place of employment. The approximate time for processing applications is 2 weeks.


All pharmacy technician registrations expire on March 31 annually. Both the pharmacy technician and the pharmacist-in-charge must complete the Board-provided renewal form. Certified pharmacy technicians must complete the continuing education units before the renewal date. The renewal fee for each 1-year registration is $50. Pharmacy technicians must maintain accurate information with the Board, making sure to notify the department when their name or address changes.


New Hampshire does not make provision for transferring out-of-state pharmacy technicians. Therefore, an individual registered in another state should obtain employment in New Hampshire and file a request for registration within 15 days of commencing employment.

Contact the Department:
State of New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy
121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301-2412
(603) 271-2350
Fax: (603) 271-2856

Pharmacy Technician Training Programs New Hampshire

Allenstown, NH Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Rite Aid Pharmacy #4993
46 Allenstown Rd
Allenstown, NH 03275

Concord, NH Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
The Medicine Store Pharmacy
74 S Main St
Concord, NH 03301

Osco Drug #392
246 Loudon Rd
Concord, NH 03301

Rite Aid Pharmacy #10283
24 Fort Eddy Rd
Concord, NH 03301

Rite Aid Pharmacy #4282
92 South St
Concord, NH 03301

Hannaford Brothers Phcy #329
73 Fort Eddy Rd
Concord, NH 03301

Rite Aid Pharmacy #10282
165 N State St
Concord, NH 03301

New Hampshire Hospital Pharmacy
36 Clinton St
Concord, NH 03301

Healthsouth Rehab Hospital Phcy
254 Pleasant St
Concord, NH 03301

Modern Pharmacy
5 Clinton St
Concord, NH 03301

Prescription Center
246 Pleasant St
Concord, NH 03301

CVS Pharmacy #841
4 Hall St
Concord, NH 03301

Walgreens Pharmacy #11376
142 Loudon Rd
Concord, NH 03301

New Hampshire State Prison Phcy
281 N State St
Concord, NH 03301

38 Locke Rd Ste 3
Concord, NH 03301

Walmart Pharmacy #2055
344 Loudon Rd
Concord, NH 03301

Sam’s Club Pharmacy #6386
304 Sheep Davis Rd
Concord, NH 03301

Target Pharmacy #1227
80 Damante Dr
Concord, NH 03301

Penacook Pharmacy
305 Village St
Concord, NH 03303

CVS Pharmacy #694
46 N Main St
Concord, NH 03301

Contoocook, NH Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Colonial Village Pharmacy
54 Park Avenue Plaza
Contoocook, NH 03229

Goffstown, NH Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Howe’s Pharmacy
39 Main St
Goffstown, NH 03045

Osco’s Drug #352
533 Mast Rd
Goffstown, NH 03045

Hooksett, NH Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Target Pharmacy #1520
100 Quality Dr
Hooksett, NH 03106

Rite Aid Pharmacy #10277
1285 Hooksett Rd
Hooksett, NH 03106

CVS Pharmacy #442
10 Whitehall Rd
Hooksett, NH 03106

Walgreens Pharmacy #9970
1298 Hooksett Rd
Hooksett, NH 03106

Manchester, NH Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Manchester Community College
1066 Front Street
Manchester, NH 03102
(603) 206-8000

Hannaford Brothers Phcy #311
605 Mast Rd
Manchester, NH 03102

Rite Aid Pharmacy #1095
577 Mast Rd
Manchester, NH 03102

VA Medical Center Pharmacy #119
718 Smyth Rd
Manchester, NH 03104

Rite Aid Pharmacy #4741
1631 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03101

Hannaford Brothers Phcy #177
79 Bicentennial Dr
Manchester, NH 03104

Catholic Medical Center Phcy
100 McGregor St
Manchester, NH 03102

Walgreens Pharmacy #3900
227 S Main St
Manchester, NH 03102

CVS Pharmacy #7932
432 S Main St
Manchester, NH 03102

Hannaford Brothers Phcy #178
859 Hanover St
Manchester, NH 03104

Rite Aid Pharmacy #10278
270 Mammoth Rd
Manchester, NH 03109

Walgreens Pharmacy #4689
606 Valley St
Manchester, NH 03103

Ken’s Pharmacy
36 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03101

Rite Aid Pharmacy #10275
50 Willow St
Manchester, NH 03103

Osco Drug #7504
375 S Willow St
Manchester, NH 03103

Tilton, NH Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Walmart Pharmacy #2369
39 E Main St
Tilton, NH 03276

New Hampshire Veterans Home
139 Winter St
Tilton, NH 03276