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PHARMACY TECHNICIANS
TEN (10) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Legislative Rule for Pharmacy Technicians:(page 120/123)

15-7-2. Definitions.

2.2. "Pharmacy Technician" means registered supportive personnel who work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist who have passed an approved training program.

1- If I worked in a pharmacy before June 1, 1997 how can I become a registered pharmacy technician in West Virginia?

ANSWER: You will have to work under the direction of a pharmacist-in-charge (P-I-C) for an additional twenty (20) hours. The PIC has to be able to verify your previous hours with your previous employer. You would have to had worked two thousand and eighty (2,080) hours before June 1, 1997. Anyone that has worked the 2,080 hours before June 1, 1997 would qualify for Grandfathering.

2- How can I be Grandfathered:

ANSWER: Same answer as above.

3- Do I need continuing education to be a registered pharmacy technician?

ANSWER: NO

4- I am certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Do I need continuing education.

ANSWER: Contact the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board to check on CE requirements. Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
2215 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037-2985 (202) 429-7576

5- If I am registered in another state how can I become registered in West Virginia?

ANSWER: You must have proof as to the state you are registered in and complete the twenty (20) hour training period with your PIC.

6- If I am not working do I have to renew my license? (See #7)

ANSWER: No

7- If I am not working and I do not renew my license in the designated
renewal period are there any consequences?

ANSWER: You would have to complete a reinstatement application and take the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy Technician Examination and pay a fee of Two hundred and sixty ($260.00) dollars.

8-
Do I have to let the Board know where I am working?

ANSWER: You must notify the Board in writing as to your place of employment and any change of address.

9- How can I become a pharmacy technician if I started employment after June 1, 1997?

ANSWER: You must first register with the Board as a trainee, after you work 2,080 hours in a two (2) year period you are then eligible to apply to take the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy Technician Examination.

10- What type of questions are on the Pharmacy Technician Examination?

ANSWER: Legislative Rules pertaining to Pharmacy Technicians: Series 7 Registration of Pharmacy Technicians (refer to Pharmacy Laws and Legislative Rules of West Virginia page 120), you will need to know a lot of Brand and Generic Drug names, and a lot of good old common sense.
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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN TRAINEE
TEN (10) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


2.3. "Pharmacy Technician Trainee" means an individual currently engaged in a pharmacy technician training program which has been approved by the Board and who is under the direct supervision of a pharmacist (page 120).

1- Do I have to register with the Board of Pharmacy just to work in the pharmacy?

ANSWER: YES

2- How do I register to work as a trainee.

ANSWER: The pharmacist-in-charge (PIC) must complete a Pharmacy Technician Trainee Notification Form and make a copy and put the copy on the wall in the pharmacy and mail the original to the Board office.

3- How long can I work as a pharmacy technician trainee?

ANSWER: You must work approximately two (2) years and have two thousand eighty (2,080) hours in the pharmacy.

4- What if I cannot get the 2,080 hours in a two year period.

ANSWER: You should call or write the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board:

Address: 2215 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037-2985 (202) 429-7576

5- How old do I have to be to work in a pharmacy?

ANSWER: You may work as a trainee under the age of 18 however, to become registered in West Virginia you must be 18 years old.

6- Do I have to be a high school graduate to work as a pharmacy technician trainee?

ANSWER: No. However, before you can become a pharmacy technician registered in West Virginia, you must be a high school graduate or you must have a General Education Development Diploma (GED) issued by the Board of Education.

7- Will my hours count if I change jobs within my two (2) year training period?

ANSWER: Yes-as long as they can be verified.

8- How large of a name tag do I need to wear?

ANSWER: Your name tag should contain lettering of a legible size.

9- What do I need to wear?

ANSWER: Pharmacy technicians and pharmacy technician trainees shall wear appropriate clean attire and a coat, jacket, or apron of a color other than white.

10- Who can work the cash register?

ANSWER: If the cash register is located out of the immediate pharmacy area, a nonregistered person may complete the transaction on purchases of prescription drugs, and ask the patient if he/she requires counseling by the pharmacist. If the cash register for such transactions is located within the pharmacy area, any personnel within that area must be either a registered pharmacy technician or a pharmacy technician trainee.

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Foreign Pharmacy Graduates

A Foreign Pharmacy Graduate whose undergraduate pharmacy degree was conferred by a recognized school of pharmacy outside of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, may establish educational equivalency by obtaining a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee Certificate (FPGEC) form the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

To Obtain an FPGEC Certificate, you must pass the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEEL), and the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

Beginning January 1, 2003, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) will require foreign-educated pharmacists to have earned their professional degree from a five-year curriculum program in order to apply for Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) Certification.

The program change affects only those foreign-educated pharmacists who have earned a pharmacy degree after January 1, 2003 .

The new curriculum requirements do not apply to foreign-educated pharmacists who have earned a four-year degree prior to January 1, 2003.

Applicants who receive FPGEC certification meet the educational requirement for licensure and may sit for the licensure exam provided they meet all other qualifications for licensure as a pharmacist.

Please find enclosed an application for initial license as a registered intern; upon successfully completing the FPGEC Exam send a copy of your certificate with your application to become an intern in West Virginia. Fifteen hundred (1500) Intern hours are required by the State of West Virginia prior to taking the NAPLEX and up to five Hundred (500) of those hours may have been served in a foreign country. After passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination (FPGEC), and getting your 1500 Intern hours you may then apply to take the NAPLEX and State Examination.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
700 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 698-6227
Fax:(847) 698-0124

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