The state of Illinois requires registration for certification with the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation to Pharmacy-Technician-Requirements-in-Illinoiswork as a pharmacy technician. There are three variations to apply for: Certified Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Technician and Student Pharmacist.

To register as a pharmacy technician, submit a completed application along with a $40 application fee.

Basic Pharmacy Technician Requirements in Illinois

The following are the minimum requirements for registering as a Certified Pharmacy Technician:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Provide proof of high school completion or GED, or currently attending high school.
  • Must have graduated from an approved pharmacy technology training program OR verified training from the licensed pharmacist of the pharmacy where you are employed.
  • Is of good moral character
  • Have passed the ExCPT or PTCE examination

Minimum requirements for registering as a Pharmacy Technician are:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Provide proof of high school completion or GED, or currently attending high school.

Minimum requirements for registering as a Student Pharmacist are:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have proof of enrollment in an approved School of Pharmacy and are a student in good academic standing.

Training Requirements

Training for pharmacy technology must be obtained from one of the programs or schools approved by the a nationally recognize accreditation agency, such as the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Certification Requirements

National certification is required to be a Certified Pharmacy Technician in Illinois and is accepted either from the PTCB or ExCPT.

Please consult the Illinois Professions and Occupations Pharmacy Practice Act for more information regarding requirements for pharmacy technicians.

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Pharmacy Tech Training in Illinois

Below lists schools available for training:

The College of DuPage offers the Professional Pharmacy Technician Program in Glen Ellyn. The program is 105 hours of instruction to meet the requirements and to pass the PTCB or the ExCPT exams. You also have the option of adding on a 60 hour externship in a pharmacy.

Contact the school at 630- 942-2524 for more information.

Midwest Technical Institute, with campuses in Springfield, East Peoria and Moline, offer a Pharmacy Technician Program. The 36 week course also provides hands-on experience with an externship.

You can call the institute at 800- 814-5124 for more information.