Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Technician Trainees

What is a Pharmacy Technician?

The Board issues two types of pharmacy technician registrations, as follows:

  • A Pharmacy Technician is an individual whose responsibility in a pharmacy is to provide technical services that do not require professional judgment regarding preparing and distributing drugs. A Pharmacy Technician works under the direct supervision of and is responsible to a pharmacist.

  • A Pharmacy Technician Trainee registration allows an individual to participate in a pharmacy’s technician training program and work towards certification from an approved national certification organization. This registration is good for two years and is NOT renewable or extendable for ANY reason.

Which registration should I apply for?

Applicants can only apply for ONE of the following. Be sure to carefully review the application options to determine which application is best for you. Applicants should make sure to submit the correct application. Application fees are non-refundable. TSBP will not refund fees for applications submitted or made in error.

My application expired—what should I do?

Incomplete applications expire one year from initial submission. You will need to complete a new application in order to reapply. Please note that TSBP cannot apply application fees from an expired application to a new application.


For first-time applicants who do NOT have a current certification from a Board-approved certification exam
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For first-time applicants who already have a current certification from a Board-approved certification exam
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If you have or have ever had a pharmacy technician trainee or pharmacy technician registration with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, you CANNOT apply as an initial applicant. Go to the Licensees page for more information.