Initial Application for Pharmacy Technician Trainees

I am a pharmacy technician training program instructor—what should I know to help my students through this process?

Please see important information for your students on our website here.

A pharmacy technician trainee is an individual who is registered with the Board and is authorized to participate in a pharmacy’s technician training program. Once approved, this registration enables an individual to work in a pharmacy for the length of the registration (no more than 2 years). During this time, the individual should be studying to take and pass a Board approved pharmacy technician certification exam. 

IMPORTANT: An individual may only apply for a pharmacy technician trainee registration once and the registration cannot be renewed, extended, or transferred. This application does not require a current PTCB or ExCPT Certification. If you have a PTCB or ExCPT certification, do NOT apply for this registration.

Eligibility Requirements

A pharmacy technician trainee must have ONE of the following:

  • A high school diploma
  • An equivalent diploma (e.g., GED),
  • Be working to achieve a high school diploma or equivalent for no more than 2 years

A pharmacy technician trainee must be able to complete the application that will, at minimum, request the following information:

  • Full Legal Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number

A pharmacy technician trainee cannot have:

  • A current/active PTCB or ExCPT Certification
  • Been previously registered with TSBP as a Pharmacy Technician or a Pharmacy Technician Registration

Additionally, all applicants must complete the necessary requirements for the Board to access criminal history record (i.e. submitting fingerprints).

Application Process

Step One: Complete the Online Pharmacy Technician Trainee Application.

    The applicant must apply with TSBP for an Initial Technician Trainee Application by submitting the appropriate application and fee online.

    If another party will be paying for your application fee (such as a school, employer, etc.) they will need to use the Third Party Payer Instructions for completing the payment portion of the application process.

    IMPORTANT: Make sure to use you full legal name on all parts of the application, as this is the name that will be printed on your registration certificate. Ensure that your social security number is correct as this can cause a delay in processing fingerprints and your application.

Step Two: Obtain and Complete the Fingerprint Session with the TSBP Service Code

    Upon completing the online application, the applicant must obtain and complete the fingerprinting process with the approved Vendor. Instructions regarding this process are sent in the automatic email once the online application is submitted. Alternatively, information regarding the Fingerprinting Session can be found by clicking the button below:

    Fingerprinting Information

    NOTE: There is a separate fee for the Fingerprinting Session that will be obtained by the approved vendor. The fee is generally less than $50.00.

Step Three: Checking the Status of Your Application

    Allow a minimum of SIX weeks* for the application to be reviewed and processed. Once approved, a registration number is issued with an ACTIVE status. An applicant can NOT perform ANY Technician Trainee duties until a registration number has been assigned with an active status. Registrations can be verified online using the license verification search.

      *Any applicant that has any criminal history or prior disciplinary action may have a longer processing time as the application will have to be reviewed by TSBP Enforcement Staff. More information regarding this review can be found under Disclosure of Criminal History. This review may take up several months to be completed.

    Once available, you may print your registration certificate from the website.

I’ve applied…but haven’t heard anything!

Before contacting the Board, check the following:

    First — Is the registration number already issued?

    Check if you’ve been provided a Registration Number by using the License Verification to search for your registration. Search using your first and last name.

    If your name is listed in the search results, you can also log back on to the Online Licensing System and you should see it under “Manage your License Information” when you login to your account.

    Note that TSBP no longer mails a technician trainee registration certificate to the registrant. If your registration has been issued, you are now able to print your certificate on our website. Print out your registration certificate via this button:

    Print Registration Certificate

    Second — Double-check that you’ve completed everything on the application instructions.

    Have you been fingerprinted? TSBP cannot process any application until the Fingerprint Session has been completed and results sent to the Board. If not, go to Schedule your Fingerprint Session and follow the instructions

    Third — Contact us IF certain conditions are met.

    If you have completed the fingerprint process and it has been more than six weeks since your fingerprints were received by the Board, then contact the Technician Registration Specialist by emailing or by calling (512) 305-8031. Be prepared to provide your full legal name and social security number so that the Specialist may find your application.

    Fourth — Do you have something that will show up on a criminal history background check?

    If so, then your application and/or the results from the criminal background check must be reviewed by an in-house Enforcement Officer. This review process can take up to several months.

I'm what?

Pharmacy technicians are required to notify the Board if any of the following changes occur:

  • Change of Name
  • Change of Address
  • Change of Employment

To find out how to notify the Board of these changes, see the instructions on the Licensees Page.

Once registered with TSBP, you are authorized to begin working in a pharmacy for up to two years (or the length of your initial technician registration).

Prior to the registration expiring, you will need to upgrade your registration by completing the required continuing education (CE) requirements and submitting the required application and fee. For more information regarding the upgrading process, see the instructions on the Licensees Page.

After you have read the above instructions,
click the Apply button to proceed:

Important Information

Practice Resources, continuing education requirements, and other important information regarding pharmacy technicians can be found at here.