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PTCB Infographic Shows Public Opinion About Pharmacy Technician Certification

2016 research from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) found that consumers value pharmacy technician certification and would seek out a pharmacy where it is required.

The findings of a 2016 public perception survey reveal that 85% of the public believes it is very important for pharmacy technicians to be certified. Consumers feel so strongly about certification that 76% say that they would seek out a different pharmacy if they knew technicians working in their current pharmacy were not certified. Click here to read more about the PTCB survey.

Have you ever wondered how many certified pharmacy technicians there are around the US? Hover over a state on this map to reveal their numbers:

Fun fact: As of December 31, 2016, PTCB has granted 618,408 pharmacy technician certifications since 1995 through the examination and transfer process!

Here are some free CE options for Pharmacy Techs that are CPhT:

Do you know someone who is looking to become a technician? Are you a clerk wanting to further your education? Do you work in a state that regulates pharmacy technicians and requires formal pharmacy technician education? 
If you’re an online learning candidate, there are many great online education options available. Be sure to check the requirements to see if you will have to travel on-campus for a weekend lab session to learn hands-on activities like compounding.

As a reference, here’s an example of a great pharmacy technician program not too far from KeyCentrix: Affordability, flexibility, and ASHP accreditation are all factors to consider when looking for a program. Feel free to use this map of the ASHP Pharmacy Technician Training Program Directory:

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