Washington Pharmacy Technician Requirements and Training Programs

At this time of increasing healthcare demands, pharmacy technicians play a vital role in the safe delivery of prescription medication to the public. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic confirms that employment for certified pharmacy technicians will increase by 20% between the years 2012 to 2022 – a growth rate that is faster than the average for all other occupations. Advances in computer knowledge coupled with the evolving role means certification is more crucial than ever. Graduates of accredited training programs, who obtain certification from a recognized agency, not only qualify for Washington State registration, but also enjoy better employment opportunities.

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Washington Pharmacy Technician Requirements

License Requirement

Beginning in 2009, all new pharmacy technicians seeking state registration must meet the Board’s credentialing requirements, which includes completing an approved training program and passing a national certification exam. The Board approves programs that are accredited by National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Pharmacy employer-based training is also acceptable for specific board-approved pharmacies.

All approved training programs comprise of theory and practical instruction, and includes 520 hours of lectures, discussion, and work at a clinical site. The instruction must include 8 hours of Washington Pharmacy Law and 4 hours of HIV/AIDS education. Students completing the experiential component of a pharmacy technician training program must register as pharmacy assistants before practicing in retail and hospital pharmacies.

Candidates must be at least 18 years and provide proof of national certification from the PTCB or ICPT. Criminal convictions, disciplinary actions taken by a state board, and a history of drug abuse may disqualify a candidate for registration.

After granting approval, the Board requires license holders to comply with the laws governing the practice of pharmacy. Basic requirements include wearing a name tag while on duty, executing only the tasks that the Board deems appropriate for technicians and renewing the license annually to continue practicing. Pharmacy technicians may not provide services in the absence of a licensed pharmacist, and should perform all tasks under a pharmacist’s supervision and control.

Age Requirement

The Washington Board of Pharmacy accepts requests for registration from persons 18 years and older.

Education Requirement

The Board of Pharmacy has specific requirements governing pharmacy technician education. All technicians must complete an accredited training program or an employer-based program approved by the Board. The department does not request proof of high school education, although it forms part of the requirement for national certification. Formal training institutes and pharmacy employers will request a high school diploma or GED from all prospective students/ technician trainees.

Other Requirements

State-registered pharmacy technicians must have a good moral character. Candidates’ responses to the Personal Data questions on the application form will determine whether the Board will commission a criminal history check – conducted at the applicant’s expense. The questions cover general health, history of substance abuse, and criminal history. Supporting documents (outlined on the application form adjacent to the questions) must accompany any positive responses to the questions. A history of substance abuse or crime does not mean outright disqualification from registration. However, it is critical to respond to all questions truthfully and provide the supporting documents.

The Pharmacy Technician Program


Pharmacy technician training prepares students for an entry-level supportive role in hospitals, home health care agencies, clinics, mail-order and retail pharmacies. Pharmacy technicians work under a pharmacist’s control and supervision, providing assistance with a variety of tasks related to the packaging, compounding, labeling, distribution, and recording of drugs. Students enrolled in accredited training programs learn inventory management, calculations, dosages, dispensing technicians, third party billing, and pharmacy law. Other essential topics include pharmacology, communication techniques, sterile products and aseptic techniques, over the counter drugs, medical vocabulary, and job skills. The Washington Board of Pharmacy also requires students to complete at least four hours of HIV/AIDS training as a requirement for registration.

Instructors use various teaching methods in the classroom, such as interactive discussions, demonstrations, and presentations. In addition to lectures, students receive hands-on training in a simulated lab before moving on to the clinical experience in hospitals and retail pharmacies. The Board of Pharmacy requires students to complete a minimum of 200 hours of supervised clinical practicum. Many programs exceed the Board’s minimum, providing up to 450 hours of externships at Washington’s leading community pharmacies, hospitals, specialized clinics, and long-term care facilities. The clinic practicum is not only a valuable experience to acquire critical skills, but also creates excellent opportunities for employment as students receive job offers based on their performance.

The training at pharmacy employers is similar to the training at formal institutions, offering theoretical and practical training to produce well-rounded graduates who can succeed on the job and the national certification exam.

Duration and Cost

The estimated program length of 12 months is based on full-time enrollment. Most programs offer flexible schedules to accommodate busy adults. Developmental coursework and prerequisite programs could increase the program length. Degree programs are significantly longer than diploma or certificate programs, but there are distinct advantages; students with degrees may earn more and transfer their credits for further study.

There are currently eight ASHP-accredited pharmacy technician training providers in Washington. The average cost of tuition for their 600+ hour program is $8,500 for a pharmacy technology degree or $6,500 for a certificate. The estimated cost does not include expenses for textbooks, CPR training, course materials, lab fees, uniform, criminal background check, liability insurance, and immunization. Students are also responsible for the cost of state registration as pharmacy assistants and pharmacy technicians, and national certification. Financial aid may be available to help fund the cost of training.

Alternatively, students can seek out opportunities for employer-based training and skip the cost of tuition altogether.

National Exams

Pharmacy technician certification is the only way to register as a pharmacy technician in Washington. Your CPhT credentials also improve your chances of earning a competitive salary. Due to the state’s superior requirements for training and certification, most entry-level jobs in Washington start at $14.65 per hour.

The PTCB and NHA are the industry’s gold standards as it relates to pharmacy technician certification. Both agencies have initial and continuing education requirements that technicians must fulfill in order to obtain and maintain their certification.

To be eligible for PTCB or NHA certification, you must have a high school diploma or GED, no felony convictions, agree to abide by the agency’s policies, and pass the national exam. For the NHA, applicants must provide proof of formal pharmacy technician training or 12 months of on the job experience. In 2020, the PTCB will enforce new regulations requiring applicants to also complete an ASHP accredited training program to qualify for certification.

Individuals who pass the PTCE and meet all other eligibility requirements will earn the CPhT designation. To continue to hold certification, CPhTs must obtain 20 hours of pharmacy technician specific continuing education and one hour of medication safety within a two-year period. The fee for certification is $129, and renewal is $40. The year-round PTCE is available at more than 200 Pearson Vue centers across the nation.

The NHA’s ExCPT covers the three primary job functions of pharmacy technicians: patient support, medication and inventory control, and administration and management. The cost of certification is $110. Renewal is $40 every two years.

Acquiring Your State License


Washington state and federal laws require all applicants to provide a social security number with the completed application. Applicants without a social security number should contact the Customer Service Center at the number listed below. U.S. Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TIN) or a Canadian Social Insurance Number are not credible substitutes for a social security number. Additionally, applicants must complete four hours of HIV/AIDS training and acquire national certification from a program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Candidates must meet all the requirements for registration before submitting an application for the Board’s review.

Pharmacy Technician Application:

Print clearly on the application form using blue or black ink. Complete all the required documents and include with the application form and applicable fee.

  • Enclose the non-refundable application fee of $60 using a check or money order.
  • Complete the demographic information, including your social security number, National Provider Identifier Number, legal name, address, phone contacts, and email – the email address is necessary for timely communications and updates from the Board.
  • Answer all personal data questions to qualify your fitness to practice pharmacy. Provide the requested documentation if you provide a positive response to any of the personal data questions. Your application will be considered incomplete if you fail to provide supporting documents with the application.
  • The Department of Health has the authorization to obtain fingerprint background checks from applicants from another state or Washington residents with a criminal record.
  • Attest to AIDS education and training – self-study, formal training, or direct patient care are all credible sources for the required 4-hour training.
  • Verify your education and training, starting with your most recent. Include documents to support your claims.
  • Attach proof of national certification.
  • Sign and date the application.

The credentialing staff will review the application and supporting documents and determine the applicant’s eligibility for licensing within 14 business days. Applications with positive answers to the personal data questions or other “red flags” must go to an appropriate disciplining authority for review. Candidates who receive a notice of denial from the Board will have the opportunity for a hearing.


Pharmacy technician licenses expire annually on the license holder’s birthday. The Board will send renewal notices 6 to 8 weeks before the license expires. To be eligible for renewal, technicians must submit the renewal card, renewal fee (currently $50), and report completion of 10 hours of continuing education units – must include at least one hour of pharmacy law. All continuing education units must be completed through an education program or course accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).

Renewals postmarked or submitted to the department after the expiration date is considered late and will be subject to a late renewal penalty. The Board will waive the penalty if the credential expires on a date the department is closed to the public or if the department receives payment on the next business day and the candidate complies with the continuing education requirements. The penalty for late renewals is $50.


An individual who is licensed to work as a pharmacy technician in another state can apply for registration in Washington.

Following are the steps for registration:

  • Complete the application for registration
  • Schedule a criminal background check – fingerprint method.
  • Complete the required HIV/AIDS training
  • Use the Out-of-State Verification form to verify your education and training
  • Provide a copy of your national certification
  • Forward the Out-of-State Credential Verification form to the licensing agency in the state where you hold a license and have the agency return the form to the Board’s address below.

Contact the Board:
Washington State Board of Pharmacy
Mailing Information
P.O. Box 1099
Olympia, WA 98507-1099

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Pharmacy Technician Training Programs Washington

Bremerton, WA Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Everest College – Bremerton
155 Washington Avenue, #200
Bremerton, WA 98337
(360) 473-1154

Everett, WA Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Everest College – Everett
906 Everett Mall Way, Suite 600
Everett, WA 98208
(425) 789-7960

QFC Pharmacy #853
2615 Broadway
Everett, WA 98201

Group Health Everett Pharmacy
2930 Maple St
Everett, WA 98201

Everett Clinic Pharmacy
3909 Hoyt Ave
Everett, WA 98201

Walgreens Pharmacy #7570
2205 Broadway
Everett, WA 98201

Safeway Pharmacy #1484
4128 Rucker Ave
Everett, WA 98203

Everett Smokey Point Bmc Phcy
2000 W Marine View Dr
Everett, WA 98207

Bartell Drugs #48
1825 Broadway
Everett, WA 98201

Safeway Pharmacy #474
1715 Broadway
Everett, WA 98201

Providence Med Ctr Pharm
1330 Rockefeller Ave Ste 150
Everett, WA 98201

Providence Reg Med Ctr Phcy
1321 Colby Ave
Everett, WA 98201

QFC Pharmacy #852
4919 Evergreen Way
Everett, WA 98203

Savon Pharmacy #478
6727 Evergreen Way
Everett, WA 98203

Safeway Pharmacy #517
7601 Evergreen Way Ste A1
Everett, WA 98203

Walgreens Infusion Services
8120 Evergreen Way
Everett, WA 98203

Shiraz Special Pharmacy
205 E Casino Rd Ste B16
Everett, WA 98208

Fred Meyer Pharmacy #95
8530 Evergreen Way
Everett, WA 98208

Sevan Pharmacy & Medical Supply
620 SE Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA 98208

Target Pharmacy #337
405 SE Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA 98208

Costco Pharmacy #114
10200 19th Ave SE
Everett, WA 98208

Payless Drug Pharmacy #2
111 SE Everett Mall Way Ste A100
Everett, WA 98208

Rite Aid Pharmacy #5231
10103 Evergreen Way
Everett, WA 98204

Lakewood, WA Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Blvd, SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
(253) 589-5563

Rite Aid Pharmacy #5277
5700 100th St SW Ste 100
Lakewood, WA 98499

Safeway Pharmacy #1645
10223 Gravelly Lake Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Target Pharmacy #349
5618 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Community Health Care Pharmacy
10510 Gravelly Lake Dr SW Ste 100
Lakewood, WA 98499

Bridgeport Pharmacy Services
7424 Bridgeport Way W Ste 109
Lakewood, WA 98499

Walmart Pharmacy #3537
7001 Bridgeport Way W
Lakewood, WA 98499

Franciscan Pharmacy
11315 Bridgeport Way SW # A1087
Lakewood, WA 98499

Walgreens Pharmacy #4064
8224 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Lakewood Pharmacy
9601 S Tacoma Way Ste 106
Lakewood, WA 98499

Savon/Albertsons Pharmacy #465
8611 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Marysville, WA Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Rite Aid Pharmacy #5243
251 Marysville Mall
Marysville, WA 98270

Savon Pharmacy #471
301 Marysville Mall Ste 60
Marysville, WA 98270

Hilton Pharmacy
220 State Ave
Marysville, WA 98270

Bartell Drugs #51
6602 64th St NE
Marysville, WA 98270

Safeway Pharmacy #1485
1258 State Ave
Marysville, WA 98270

Everett Clinic Pharmacy
4420 76th St NE
Marysville, WA 98270

Mukilteo, WA Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Rite Aid Pharmacy #5246
11700 Mukilteo Speedway Ste 500
Mukilteo, WA 98275

Walgreens Pharmacy #6307
10200 Mukilteo Speedway
Mukilteo, WA 98275

Everett Clinic Pharmacy
4410 106th St SW
Mukilteo, WA 98275

Renton, WA Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Everest College – Renton
981 Powell Avenue SW, Suite 200
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 255-3281

Renton Technical College
3000 N.E. 4th Street
Renton, WA 98056
(425) 235-2352

Seattle, WA Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
North Seattle College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 934-3715

Chesterfield Pharmacy
720 7th Ave Ste 100
Seattle, WA 98104

International Community Health
720 8th Ave S Ste 100
Seattle, WA 98104

Kelley-Ross Pharmacy
904 7th Ave Ste 103
Seattle, WA 98104

Rite Aid Pharmacy #5210
802 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

Harborview Medical Ctr OP Phcy
325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

Pacific Drugs
822 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

Cabrini Medical Tower Pharmacy
901 Boren Ave Ste 100
Seattle, WA 98104

Cherry Street Pharmacy
1120 Cherry St Ste 200
Seattle, WA 98104

Eastern’s Pharmacy
515 Minor Ave Ste 120
Seattle, WA 98104

Bartell Drugs #10
1101 Madison St
Seattle, WA 98104

Bartell Drugs #37
1404 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

Group Health Pharmacy Downtown
1420 5th Ave Ste 375
Seattle, WA 98101

Lindeman Pavillion VM Pharmacy
1201 Terry Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

Luke’s Pharmacy
611 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

Target Pharmacy #2786
1401 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

Bartell Drugs #1
1628 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

Northwest Kidney Center Phcy
700 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

Rite Aid Pharmacy #5212
1300 Madison St
Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle Meds Pharmacy
1305 Madison St
Seattle, WA 98104

Virginia Mason Buck’s Pavilion
1100 9Th Ave MC C1PO
Seattle, WA 98101

Walgreens Pharmacy #6194
222 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

Kelley-Ross Pharmacy
616 Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98101

Nguyen’s Pharmacy
1221 S Main St Ste 103
Seattle, WA 98144

Seattle Indian Hlth Board Phcy
611 12th Ave S Ste 200
Seattle, WA 98144

Bartell Drugs #23
1407 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

Pike Market Medical Clinic Phcy
1930 Post Aly
Seattle, WA 98101

Swedish Cherry Hill Pharmacy
550 17th Ave Ste 180
Seattle, WA 98122

Walgreens Pharmacy #6590
1531 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

Premier Long Term Care Pharmacy
1618 S Lane St Ste 206
Seattle, WA 98144

Seattle US Coast Guard Pharmacy
1519 Alaskan Way S
Seattle, WA 98134

Rite Aid Pharmacy #5207
201 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

Rite Aid Pharmacy #5218
2603 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

Safeway Pharmacy #1551
1410 E John St
Seattle, WA 98112

Walgreens Pharmacy #11856
566 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109

Central Specialty Pharmacy #1
125 16th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

Group Health Pharmacy
125 16th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

QFC Pharmacy #887
417 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

Walgreens Pharmacy #3632
2400 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

Safeway Pharmacy #1993
2201 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

Seattle Cancer Care Allnc Phrmy
825 Eastlake Ave E Ste G5900
Seattle, WA 98109

Walgreens Pharmacy #6890
500 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

Community Pharmacy
1001 Broadway Ste 102
Seattle, WA 98122

QFC Pharmacy #881
500 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109

Country Doctor Comm Clinic Phcy
500 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

Nguyen’s Pharmacy
2120 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

Bartell Drugs Pharmacy #63
2345 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

Safeway Pharmacy #1885
516 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

Rite Aid Pharmacy #5224
2707 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

Kelly Ross Long Term Care Phcy
2324 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

Union Center Pharmacy
2324 Eastlake Ave E Ste 405
Seattle, WA 98102

Spokane, WA Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Spokane Community College
N. 1810 Greene Street MS 2090
Spokane, WA 99217-5399
(509) 533-8199

Tacoma, WA Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Everest College – Tacoma
2156 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 207-4000

VA Puget Sound Health Care Sys
9600 Veterans Dr SW
Tacoma, WA 98493

Walgreens Pharmacy #3581
8405 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98444

Community Health Care Pharmacy
11225 Pacific Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98444

Fred Meyer Pharmacy #385
7250 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98408

Rite Aid Pharmacy #5271
7041 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98408

Costco Pharmacy #95
2219 S 37th St
Tacoma, WA 98409

Safeway Pharmacy #1594
707 S 56th St
Tacoma, WA 98408

Walgreens Pharmacy #4760
12105 Pacific Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98444

Walgreens Pharmacy #9590
5602 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98408

Cost Less Prescriptions
5431 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98408

Market Place Pharmacy
13322 Pacific Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98444

Safeway Pharmacy #1437
1302 S 38th St
Tacoma, WA 98418

Union Avenue Pharmacy
2302 S Union Ave Ste C25
Tacoma, WA 98405

Lincoln Pharmacy
821 S 38th St
Tacoma, WA 98418

Target Pharmacy #341
3320 S 23rd St
Tacoma, WA 98405

Top Food & Drug Pharmacy #41
3130 S 23rd St
Tacoma, WA 98405

Allenmore Multicare OP Pharmacy
1901 S Union Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405

Ambulatory Infusion Services
1901 S Union Ave Ste A240
Tacoma, WA 98405

Fred Meyer Pharmacy #390
4505 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98405

Fred Meyer Pharmacy #605
6901 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98466

Rite Aid Pharmacy #5276
1850 S Mildred St
Tacoma, WA 98465

K Mart Pharmacy #4253
1414 72nd St E
Tacoma, WA 98404

Walgreens Pharmacy #5150
3737 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98418

Safeway Pharmacy #1436
1624 72nd St E
Tacoma, WA 98404

Savon/Albertson Pharmacy #493
104 Military Rd S
Tacoma, WA 98444

Rite Aid Pharmacy #5274
15801 Pacific Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98444

Safeway Pharmacy #1246
6201 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406

Bartell Drugs #54
3601 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406

Fort Lewis Px Pharmacy
Bldg 2202
Fort Lewis, WA 98433

Franciscan Pharmacy
1708 Yakima Ave Ste 201
Tacoma, WA 98405

NW Medical Specialties Pharmacy
1624 S I St Ste 305
Tacoma, WA 98405

University Place, WA Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Fred Meyer Pharmacy #615
6305 Bridgeport Way W
University Place, WA 98467

Walgreens Pharmacy #3723
7451 Cirque Dr W
University Place, WA 98467

Savon Pharmacy #467
3905 Bridgeport Way W
University Place, WA 98466

Rite Aid Pharmacy #5275
3840 Bridgeport Way W
University Place, WA 98466

Bartell Drugs #57
2700 Bridgeport Way W Ste D
University Place, WA 98466

Walgreens Pharmacy #7137
2650 Bridgeport Way W
University Place, WA 98466

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