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Technician Registration (New)


Online Application

If you would like to register as a pharmacy technician, click on the link below and then click on “Licensee/Registrant Services” and then “New Licenses/Registrations”. The minimum age to apply is 18 years of age.

Printable Application

Please note that the paper form below is only used for new registration of pharmacy technicians.

FIRST TIME TECHNICIANS

Reminder: High School Requirements for First Time Technicians

Providing the Board proof of high school graduation or GED is often overlooked by technicians registering for the first time. Without this documentation, the Board is unable to issue a registration. To facilitate your registration, remember to include proof of your high school graduation or GED certificate with your application. If you complete your application online, you must email or fax in your proof of High School. We accept a copy of one of the following documents as proof of high school graduation.
  • High School Diploma
  • High School Transcript with Graduation Date
  • GED Certificate
  • College Transcript
  • College Diploma

Technician Training Requirements – 12 Month Deadline

New pharmacy technicians have 12 months to complete Board approved pharmacy technician training, once they are registered with the Board. Additional information about technician training requirements can be found in the Pharmacy Technician Training Requirements document. 

Pharmacy Technician Registration, Training and Technician Certifications

Answers to frequently asked questions between the different programs:

Technician Registration
Technician Registration is a state mandated program for pharmacy technicians working in Minnesota. You have to apply for a registration number with the state and re-register each year. The state also has requirements that you have to meet to maintain your registration. You have to complete 20 hours of continuing education every two years and you have to complete a state-approved Technician Training program.

Technician Training
The Board of Pharmacy requires every new technician to complete an approved training program within 12 months of becoming registered. The Minnesota Technician Training program is required for you to maintain a current registration in the state. It is a one-time requirement. The Minnesota Technician Training requirement and the Technician Certification programs are not the same or equivalent to the training program. For more information on the Minnesota Technician Training program, visit the tab: Laws, Rules and Guidance on our website.

Technician Certification
The two most common certifications found in Minnesota are the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) and the ExCPT (Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians). While some employers do require their technicians become certified, the Board of Pharmacy does not require pharmacy technicians to be certified.

Your Technician Registration Number

Your registration number stays with you, as long as your registration stays current, even if you work at a different pharmacy than when you initially registered. Your registration expires on December 31 of each year.
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