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What is the Difference Between Registration and Certification?

Registration

  1. Being included on a list
  2. Some states (and the list is growing) require pharmacy technicians to “register”
  3. The NC State Board of Pharmacy requires registration in order to work as a pharmacy technician in the state
    1. $30.00/year    www.ncbop.org
    2. As of 2010, the NCBOP reports 14,448 registered technicians in the state

Certification

  1. A non-governmental agency/association recognizes individuals who have met certain pre-determined qualifications/specifications
  2. Usually involves passing a certification exam
  3. Currently national certification of pharmacy technicians is offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) www.ptcb.org  and is voluntary in North Carolina
    1. Other states require this certification
    2. Some employers require this certification
    3. Momentum is building in the country to require this in all states

For more information: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/



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