Initial Application — Pharmacy Technician
A pharmacy technician's role 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. This application is for an individual who has never been licensed with TSBP as a Technician or Technician Trainee.
If you need to upgrade your technician trainee registration to a registered pharmacy technician, see instructions for upgrading your registration instead.
If you've been registered with TSBP before but your registration expired and you have not renewed, see Relicensure — Pharmacy Technicians.
- A high school diploma, equivalent diploma (e.g., GED), or be working to achieve a high school diploma or equivalent for no more than two years;
- Current certification from a Board-approved pharmacy technician certification exam. Current Board-approved pharmacy technician certification exams are:
- Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
- Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
- Full Legal Name
- Mailing Address
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Number
- PTCB or ExCPT Certificate Number and Expiration Date
- Been previously registered with TSBP as a pharmacy technician trainee or a pharmacy technician. See information regarding relicensure for details if you have been registered with TSBP before.
A pharmacy technician applicant must have the following:
The applicant must be able to complete the application that will, at minimum, request the following information:
A pharmacy technician may not have:
Additionally, all applicants must complete all necessary requirements for the Board to access criminal history record (i.e. submitting fingerprints).
Step One: Complete the Online Pharmacy Technician Application.
The applicant must apply with TSBP for an Initial Technician 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 Third Party Payer Instructions for completing the payment portion of the application process.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to use you FULL LEGAL NAME 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, see fingerprinting instructions for details.
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 THREE 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 duties until a registration number has been assigned with an active status. Registrations can be verified online using the pharmacy technician 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 several months to be completed.
Once available, you may print your registration certificate from the website.
After you have read the above instructions,
click the Apply button to proceed:
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 pharmacy technician license verification to search for your registration. Search using your First and Last Name.
If your name is on the 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.
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 – Did you answer “YES” to a question on the application?
Or do you know 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.
Fourth – Contact us IF certain requirements are met.
If you have completed the fingerprint process and it has been more than FOUR WEEKS since your fingerprints were received by the Board, then contact the Technician Registration Specialist by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
I’m Registered…now 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
See the Licensees page for details on this and other processes for maintaining your registration.
Once registered with TSBP, you may begin working in a pharmacy. Your Texas registration has an expiration date and must be renewed every two years. You must also complete continuing education to qualify for renewal.
Here are some resources to bookmark for future reference:
Practice resources, continuing education, and other important information regarding pharmacy technicians can be found under Resources.