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Amanda Said,
August 21st, 2013 @10:46 am  

Virginia state requirements:

1. Complete a board-approved training program.
– OR –
2. Earn PTCB certification.
– AND –
3. Register with the State Board.

You can go to the Virginia State Board of Pharmacy page to see the list of approved schools. A school that I worked with in the past is actually Virginia board approved. You can read more about their online course at

I would also highly recommend looking into getting your PTCB certification after you get training. It will only require that you take the exam and become a member however it makes you more marketable and shows employers that you have the skills and knowledge to pass the exam. Just to think about!

RxTechExam Said,
August 21st, 2013 @11:18 am  

I’ve worked in Virginia as a Pharmacy Technician for 13 years, I started when I was 17 in Roanoke, Va and now I’m teaching the subject here in Richmond.

Don’t bother taking a State Board of Pharmacy Class (it’ll cost upwards of $1000), passing the State Exam (another $70.25), and then attempting to gain employment only to find out they require you to be PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) certified.

Here in Virginia, all you’ll need to do is pass the PTCE (Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam – $129). It’s far from an easy exam, and the last thing you’d want to do would be to fail it, as you’d have to wait 60 days to retake and repay the $129 fee. After passing the PTCE, you’ll need to register with the state of Virginia to obtain your license ($20).

The best way to pass the exam is utilize a exam preparation website. They are far cheaper and much more accessible than applying to a career school, waiting for the class to finally fill up so that it can begin, and being hindered by the weakest student in the class.

Of course, I’d suggest utilizing my curriculum that will be available soon (launch date is mid to late June 2013)…

There is a link to the site as well as to the YouTube preview below AND because you’re from Virginia if you email I’ll be sure to send you more information about the curriculum as well as cost-saving coupons that you can use to purchase products from the site.

So to recap, what you’re in for financially would be about $400-$450 in training and in licensing costs, or you could triple that figure by attending a local school :)

Hope this finds you well and I look forward to your email.

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