Though there are no national requirements to be a pharmacy technician, most states require a person to be registered before practicing this trade. Registration qualifications vary from state to state. For instance, in California you must submit a $50 application fee, show proof of identity, list and provide proof of your qualifications, have a high school degree, and pass a criminal background check. You must also complete some sort of training program to be registered in California; that means either completing a pharmacy technician education program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, receiving an associate's degree in pharmacy technology, completing a different accredited pharmacy program, or obtaining certification by a board-approved program. Certification means you must take an exam (state or national depending on the state requirements) to prove your knowledge. Though it is an option, California registration does not require you to be certified.

Arizona, on the other hand, does require certification. Arizona also requires the person to be of good moral character, at least 18 years of age, be a high school graduate, submit a photo and a copy of their birth certificate, and pay the $50 registration fee. The training requirements in Arizona leave the pharmacist-in-charge with the responsibility of training the technician, however depending on what certification exam you take, additional training may be required.

As you can see, all state requirements are different. Some states like Missouri only require an application fee and no other training or qualifications. Other states, like Michigan, do not require registration at all. Then there are places like Rhode Island which offer two separate levels of pharmacy technician registration. Every state is different, so it is important to look up all the qualifications you may need before embarking on your chosen career path of a pharmacy technician.