Illinois Pharmacy Technician State Requirements – Board of Pharmacy Technician Guidelines states the following requirements for becoming a pharmacy technician:
-Fill out Pharmacy Technician application and pay $40 application fee
-Must become certified within 2-years of application submission, requirements:
  (1) Obtain national certification (eg, PTCB, ICPT)
  (2) Have high school diploma or equivalent
  (3) Complete a pharmacy tech training program as outlined by Board

Online/Correspondence Pharmacy Technician Training Programs – Scroll down to see Campus Based Schools for this State.

A very good online training option at a reasonable price, click here to review the details about this program.


Pharmacy Technician Training Live Programs (campus based school)
-City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College, Chicago
-City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College, Chicago
-City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College, Chicago
-City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College, Chicago
-City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College, Chicago
-College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn
-Everest College, Campuses in: Chicago, Merrionette Park, and Skokie
-Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Lincoln Trail College, Robinson
-Oakton Community College, Des Plaines
-Rasmussen College, Romeoville/Joliet
-Richland Community College, Decatur
-South Suburban College, South Holland
-Springfield College in Illinois, Springfield
-University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago

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  1. Hi Rob,

    I finished a pharmacy tech program at IUPUI. How can I find out if that training program will be accepted in Illinois?

    • Hi Yolande,

      My guess is they do qualify. Here is the wording: ". . .approved by a nationally recognized accrediting body." The Illinois Board of Professional Licensing does not specify which national accrediting body, and most schools are accredited. Here is the Illinois Board's phone number, I would call and verify: 217-782-8556.

      Best of luck, -Rob

  2. Hi Rob,

    So does the NHA exam count for Illinois? I've just finished up with the Ashworth program.

    • Hi Paula,
      Yes, the ExCPT exam was created by the ICPT, which has since become part of the NHA. Illinois does recognize both the ExCPT and the PTCB for the national certification component of their requirements.

  3. You need to update your list of schools, Northwestern and St. Xavier do not have a pharmacy tech program