Information for Pharmacy Technician Training Program Instructors

Length, validity, and restrictions regarding technician trainee registrations

A pharmacy technician trainee registration is only issued once per person and is only valid for two years. Your student’s goal is to obtain the registration, work in a pharmacy and take and pass the national exam given by either PTCB or NHA within the 2-year period.


If you are not planning to have your students complete an externship in a pharmacy, they do not need a pharmacy technician trainee registration.

Documentation Requirements

Students applying for a pharmacy technician trainee registration must have:

  • a social security number and
  • a driver's license or state-issued ID

Applicants must also be fingerprinted for a background check. There are no exceptions.

How and where your students should apply for a technician trainee registration

Students should apply through our Online Licensing System. See our detailed application process for pharmacy technician trainees here.

Make sure each student reads the application instructions thoroughly before they begin their application.

I have a student that has already held a pharmacy technician trainee registration

Students who have held a pharmacy technician trainee registration before cannot obtain one again. Their next step is passing one of the national exams, which will allow them to become eligible to apply as a pharmacy technician.


If students have any questions about the application process, they can contact the Licensing team at