Illinois Pharmacy Technician

People tend to have some frequently asked questions about becoming a Pharmacy Technician in the state of Illinois. Please note, the requirements vary from state to state, so if you are not living in Illinois these questions and answers likely won’t apply to you. If you do live in Illinois, you should be able to find all of the information needed to help pursue a Pharmacy Technician career below.

Do I need any certification to become a Pharmacy Technician in Illinois?

No, you can actually get hired as a Pharmacy Technician without a certification or a license, however, you must obtain a certification within two years of being hired otherwise you’ll be force to leave your job. If you’re considering pursuing this career, it is highly recommended you get your certification done as soon as possible, preferably before you start working.

Why should I get certified before I get a job if I have 2 years to get it done?

Even though you have two years to get it done, you should consider the following: Certified technicians earn much more than non-certified, also, they have much more room for advancement and the sooner you obtain your certification the longer you have it working in your favor. Even in searching for a job you’ll find it’s MUCH easier to get interviews if you have a certification.

Which Pharmacy Technician certifications are approved in Illinois?

Both the PTCB certification and the ICPT certification are approved by the state board.

Am I required to have a license to become a Pharmacy Technician in Illinois?

Yes, but you can begin working as a Pharmacy Technician for up to 60 days prior to obtaining your actual license. However, you must be in the process of obtaining the license, and have documented proof that your application is being processed.

What is the contact information for the Illinois State Board?

320 West Washington Street, Suite 312 Springfield, IL. (217) 782-8556

How do I become licensed as a Pharmacy Technician in Illinois?

You’ll need to submit a written application to the state board of Illinois (contact information above).

What are the requirements to apply for a license as a Pharmacy Technician in Illinois?

  • You must be at least 16 years old
  • You must either be in high school or in possession of a high school diploma or GED.
  • You must include a $40 application fee that is non-refundable

Does my Pharmacy Technician license ever expire in the state of Illinois?

Yes, all Pharmacy Technician licenses expire on March 31st, every year. If you’re going for a second renewal, you’ll need to have proof that you passed a certification exam or you won’t be able to renew.

Is there any training required to become a Pharmacy Technician in Illinois?

There’s no regulated prior training, but your pharmacist will likely give you some on the job training the first couple months you’re employed.