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California Pharmacy Technician State Requirements – The California Board of Pharmacy states the following requirements for becoming a licensed pharmacy technician:
-Fill out Board of Pharmacy Technician application and pay $105 registration fee. This application is fairly involved, they have included a video to help you with the details. Some of the major requirements include:
-Have a high school diploma or equivalent
-A passport style photo (glossy, color photo, 2″x2″) taken within 60 days of submitting your application.
-Complete an FBI background check
-Meet one of the following requirements:
  1 – Affidavit of Completed Coursework or Graduation – this includes things like an Associates Degree in Pharmacy Technology, any course with 240 hours of instruction, ASHP training course, etc.
  2 – Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certified
  3 – National Healthcare Association Pharmacy Technician Certification Program (ExCPT) certified
  4 – Military Training – include a copy of your DD214 documenting evidence of your pharmacy tech training
– Include a Self-Query Report – instructions are on the application. This costs $5
– Include Fingerprints that must be done by Live Scan. Non-residents must visit CA to complete a Live Scan or submit professionally rolled fingerprints on cards supplied by the board

Pharmacy Technician Training Programs

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

-Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria
-Antelope Valley Medical College, Lancaster
-Anthem College, Sacramento
-Boston Reed College, (there are many Boston Reed Colleges and the tuition is decent, check their website for locations)
-Career Colleges of America, South Gate
-Cerritos College, Norwalk
-Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga
-Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles
-Charter College, Canyon Country, Lancaster, Long Beach, and Oxnard
-City College of San Francisco, San Francisco
-College of the Sequoias, Visalia
-Everest College, Campuses in: Alhambra, City of Industry, Gardena, Ontario, Reseda, San Francisco, Torrance, and West Los Angeles
-Foothill College, Los Altos Hills
-Fresno City College, Fresno
-Imperial Valley College, Imperial
-Institute of Technology, Campuses in: Clovis, Modesto, Redding, Roseville, and Stockton
-Los Angeles ORT Technical Institute, Los Angeles
Monrovia Community Adult School, Monrovia (this program was recommended by a commenter on this site. Inesa said that the program was $900, which is a great price for a technician program)
-Northwest College, Campuses in: Pasadena and West Covina
-San Joaquin Valley College, Campuses in: Bakersfield, Fresno, Hesperia, Modesto, Rancho Cucamonga, and Visalia (Be CAREFUL with this school, Adrienne let us know that they sometimes lose accreditation. So, make sure you ask them about this and she recommended Fresno City College and Boston Reed College for the Fresno area)
-San Bernardino Valley College, San Bernardino
-Santa Ana College, Santa Ana
-Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa
-SBB College, Campuses in: Bakersfield and Santa Maria
-Skyline College, San Bruno
-UEI College, Campuses in: Anaheim, El Monte, Fresno, Gardena, Huntington Park, Ontario, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Marcos, and Van Nuys
-University of Southern California, Los Angeles
-Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona