Pharmacy Technician Rhode Island

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Rhode Island can be a great place to gain employment as a pharmacy technician, and you need to know the regulations and requirements if you are going to pursue it.

Are Pharmacy Technicians Regulated In Rhode Island?
Yes they are regulated.

Does Rhode Island Require Certification To Practice As A Pharmacy Technician?
No, but the state of Rhode Island does distinguish the difference between those that are and aren’t certified. A tech II is someone that is certified, and a tech I is someone that is not certified.

Which Of the Certification Exams Are Approved By Rhode Island?
The ICPT (ExCPT) and the PTCB (PTCE).

What Are the Registration Dates?
You have to apply and gain your registration before you can begin your employment.

Is A License Required?
Yes it is required.

The Rhode Island State Board of Pharmacy Information
3 Capitol Hill, Room 205
Providence, RI 02908-5097
Telephone: 401-222-2840
Fax: 401-222-2158

Are There Any Professional Associations?
The Rhode Island Pharmacists Association, which can be contacted at

What Are the Requirements To Become Licensed As A Pharmacy Technician in RI?

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent, or you can also be on your way to getting one of the two through a program.
  • If you don’t have your certification, you must be enrolled in a board approved training program, which can be provided by your employer.
  • Next comes the written application that is your request for registration as a pharmacy technician which you will send to the Rhode Island State Board of Pharmacy, and it can be found at
  • You must include the $40 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Last but not least, you should have no felony convictions that involve drug abuse and you need to have the application notarized.

Will There Be Training Required?
Yes, you will need to pass a board approved program of training.

What About Continuing Education Requirements?
No there are not. But if you are nationally certified, you will have some CE requirements.

When Is Renewal Required?
Annually, and the expiration is on the 30th of June every year. The fee for renewal is $40 and the renewal applications will be sent out by the state board.

What If I Move or I change Jobs?
Notify the board of the change in writing.

Here Are A Few More Tips:
-Pharmacy technicians must have their licenses displayed clearly in a pharmacy and have their name tag on at all times stating they are a technician.
-Those technicians may also only perform duties that do not require professional judgment.
-The pharmacist that is supervising their pharmacy technicians are also responsible for all of their actions.

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