Palak Patel, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS
This is a great question. In summary, being certified makes you more competitive for landing a position. The wonderful aspect of being a pharmacy technician is the variety of avenues you may take. You can work in retail (e.g., CVS), hospital, nuclear medicine, insurance company, or even the government!
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Depending on your goals, there are other certifications that are offered by pharmacy technician certification boards. Most require you to hold a national certification first. There are IV certifications, billing certifications, and much more. I would highly advise you to check out the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Website or the National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) website to see what other certifications can be obtained.
I am a current pharmacy student in Indiana. I have been a pharmacy technician for several years and now I am a pharmacy intern since I am in school. I is a good idea to become a certified pharmacy technician because pharmacies will be more eager to employ you. You have to take a certification exam. In order to sit for the certification exam you have to either take a training program or have at least 500 hours of work experience. The exam does cost $129 so you will want to prep for the exam before you take it. You can re-take the exam in 60 days if you fail the exam. Being a certified pharmacy technician will open the door to many other job opportunities. Technicians can work in hospitals, retail pharmacies, compounding pharmacies, long-term care pharmacies, and so much more!
Here is a link for more information about the certification process!
I hope this helps,