Every state has their own policies, educational path, and exam rules. As a minor, there are tuition free courses/institutes for high schoolers that will train students for technical programs. If there is non that apply near your area, the other choice would be to enlist in a local technical program- private, public, online, or community college, after finishing high school. For pharmacy, it typically lasts for less than a year and you will have the choice to either apply for state ONLY license, or NATIONAL license. State means that you will only be eligible to work in your state, while for national you are able to work in every state.
To look at your options, try to search "Pharmacy Technician programs near me" (to give you an idea). Like said before, each state has their own policies, but nearly all license application processes are about the same. You will only take an exam when you apply for national license. There is no exam required for the state license.
Certification lasts for 2 years, both CPhT ($200) and PTCB (about $400). To enroll for the PTCB certification/license, you can always search for the website PTCB.org.
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Most states have a Pharmacy Technician training program at Junior colleges, Community colleges and Technical schools. They vary in how well they prepare you to take the National CPhT exam.
As an example, here is are some programs in Washington (the State):
Enter your own state and/or zip code and check a few of them out.
There are two tests you can take in order to get certified nationally, the PTCB and the ExCPT. I do not know much about the ExCPT myself so I will be talking about the PTCB only. You can take the test at a testing center or PTCB now offers the test to be taken at home.
The certification is good for 2-years and must be renewed every 2-years. You do have to do CE's (continued education) hours over the 2-year period, but it is only 20 "hours" (most of the time you can complete them faster). One needs to be pharmacy law, one needs to be patient safety, and the rest can be whatever (This is only PTCB's requirements, your state board may also have others, but they can be used for both). Like if you need 20 CEs for the state board and 20 for PTCB, you only need 20 not 40 (hope that was easy to understand). You will need to sign up for a NABP (National Association of Boards of Pharmacy) account, this account keeps track of all you CE's and it is where PTCB and you state board will look to see if you did all the required CE's.
PTCB offers a pre-PTCB test resourse;
There are Apps you can get as well but I have not used them, so I do not have one to recommend.