Continuing Education Requirements for Technicians
Pharmacy technicians will need to complete at least 20 hours of approved continuing education (CE) every two years. There are some exceptions. For example, if you are a new registrant your requirement may be different. You can find out how many hours of CE you need to complete by logging into your record with the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy. July 31 of every odd-numbered year is the deadline for reporting your completed CEs to the Board.
Technicians are responsible to report completed CE credits to the Board. The Board does not collect this information from any other source.
Reporting Continuing Education to the Board
Once you have completed the number of CEs required for the two-year cycle, log in to your record on the Board website
and report that you have completed your required CE hours. All technicians need to report that they have completed their CE by July 31 of every odd year. If you do not report by that date you will have to show proof of CE before renewing your registration.
The documents that you submit to the Board must have your name, course listing, number of course hours completed, and the ACPE number must end in the letter "T".
- To check your CE record - If you are not sure if you have reported your continuing education (CE), log into your account on the Board's website. In the "Continuing Education" section of your record, the CE Total field should match the CE Hours Required field.
- To report your CE information to the Board - If you have not reported your CE information to the Board, chose the "Continuing Education" menu option in your record and certify your CEs by clicking the box to certify. Print the confirmation page for your records.
- CE Form - The Board also offers a form for those unable to certify their hours online through their online account. Click here for that form.
Approved Continuing Education
Approved continuing education means those continuing pharmacy technician education programs approved by the Board or courses that are made available by an approved provider. These programs may take the form of classes, conferences, correspondence study courses, institutes, lectures, professional meetings, programmed learning courses, journal readings, seminars, study groups, or other program formats commonly accepted by educators as legitimate adult education activities.
that any program that you complete has been approved for technicians or both technicians and pharmacists. If you complete a program meant only for pharmacists, the credit will not count towards the Board’s requirement. When printing your proof of CE, there should be a letter “T” printed at the end of your CE course number. The “T” stands for technician. See MN Rule 6800.1500
It is the responsibility of the technician to maintain a complete record of continuing education participation for each two-year reporting cycle. The Board does not keep records of the CEs that you have taken or completed.
Helpful Links to CE Courses
There are many different sources of technician CE. Some CE courses are free, some require a fee to be paid. Please make sure that any program that you completed has been approved for technicians alone or for both technicians and pharmacists. If you complete a program meant only for pharmacists the credit will not count towards the Board’s requirement.
The Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) and Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) co-host an annual CE conference for technicians. You can find out more at their website www.mpha.org
Here are links to other web sites where technician CE is offered:
Note that these are all independent web sites and they do not report any continuing education activity to the MN Board of Pharmacy.
Continuing education (CE) for technicians is a planned learning experience beyond initial technician training designed to promote the continued development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable a technician to adequately perform the tasks that a technician is allowed to perform.