Pharmacy Technician Certification in Texas

According to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy website all pharmacy technicians are required to hold certification, with two exceptions:

1. As of September 1, 2001, pharmacy technicians who have been continuously employed as a pharmacy technician in Texas for at least 10 years and who received an exemption from the board are considered long-term exempt from certification.
2. Technicians working in rural counties as defined as a county with a population of 50,000 or less may petition the pharmacy board for exemption from certification. Any certification program, including the ExCPT is voluntary for these exempt individuals.
Applicants for Texas certification must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and must have passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination and have an active certification or be exempt as defined above. All applicants must have a social security number.

The application can be completed online for a fee of $56 which is payable with American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. After you complete the online application you will receive a .PDF file via email with information about registering for a fingerprint session.

After the fingerprint session is completed it takes the Texas State Board of Pharmacy between two and three weeks to process; applicants with past criminal offenses can expect a wait time between four and six months. You can check the status of your application online at

Texas State Board of Pharmacy
333 Guadalupe, Tower 3, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78701-3942
Phone: 512/305-8000
Fax: 512/305-8082