By - YourNewStep-Dad
Honestly, I highly suggest you get your National first (PTCB or NHA) and then apply per Texas requirements.
I’ve never heard of the NHA one. Is there any advantage of one over the other?
Yeah I didn’t hear of NHA until I started at Walmart in 2019.
Trainee license is a fast way to get in the door however you will be limited to local pharmacies and the pay is awful. While training get a hold of a book to study for the pharmacy tech exam take the test then apply to the state to change your license. Continue with certs in order to increase your pay.
Okay, so after I took the PTCB test (and assuming I passed first try) I would have to go to the board to get my license changed?
Also what other certs would you recommend? I’ve heard getting an IV cert is good.
1. Apply for your TSBP trainee license
2. Get a job as a pharmacy cashier (H-E-B calls this position a Pharmacy Care Representative [PCR for short]).
3. After 500 hours and you still like it, take your PTCB, pass it, and upgrade your TSBP license from trainee to technician.
4. Get your Sterile (IV) Compounding certification from a ACPE-accredited program.
5. Get the fuck out of retail pharmacy.
I’m a fan of step 5. Sucks that I have to do 500 hours but thats life I suppose
Yeah. PTCB just changed that in the last 5 years or so. Before you could just register, schedule, pay for, and take the PTCB. Now they require 500 hours experience or an accredited program (ACC has one for ~$20,000).
You can get a trainee license but eh, I registered for a course online (because you have to take a course or work as a tech for 500 hours - though how you do that without a license I don't know- maybe that's what a trainee license is for - in order to sit for the exam).
I didn't use the course, I just needed the credentials.
I studied on my own - there are plenty of great resources out there.
Studied for two months and then took the exam and passed.
I got hired as a tech within a week of getting my license. (In Texas you have to be registered with the Texas state board of pharmacy - after you pass your PTCE you apply with them online - get your fingerprints scanned and that's it).
Just so you know you have to take a course that's accredited with the ptcb in order for it to count - they have a list on their website.
I didn’t have to take a course for my PTCB. But this was also in 2015
Okay cool thank you that’s good advice
The trainee license let's you work under supervision in a pharmacy as you accumulate required hours for the PTCB. If you are instead taking a course, most ask to get the trainee license before enrolling if they participate in externship as well.
Ah okay. So either way I should get a trainee license? If I get a trainee license can I immediately start working under supervision?
Yea but the application can take some days to process because they require fingerprints and a background check.
I'm a fulltime tech in Texas and I only have the trainee license. You have essentially the same functions as a national certified tech, but you can only work under the trainee license for 2 years. I work in retial so maybe hospitals are a different story but you're totally fine to work in tx without national certification.
Yes! So let me tell u. U have 2 options if u want to become a certified pharmacy tech in Texas. U either go the Trainee route and work 500 hours in pharmacy setting and then take it or u take a certified 8 month course. Alot of ppl take the Trainee route. 500 hours sounds bad but I completed that in 3 months after getting hired and I'm still a Trainee I take the test next month. I wish u the best journey and I'm here if u need me!
So wait it only took your 3 months? I’ve heard it took 2 years (or is that just the max amount of time it takes like after that you have to get another Trainee license?)
Also second question, how much do you “like” your job? (I know that doing manual labor isn’t necessarily fun but y’know what I mean, is it miserable?).
It took me 3 months to work 500+ hours in a pharmacy setting cause although I was a part time Trainee I was clocking damn near full time hours and grinding. And after that I could've taken it on my 4th month thing is the store I work for would not pay for it cause u have to work 6+ months before they will sponsor you, so in that case it takes ppl bout a year to get it. And correct you Trainee License last for 2 years before u HAVE to take the certification test! And I'll tell u the truth, retail is fucking trash and I hate it due to the fact that the company wants u to meet extreme metrics yet not give enough hours and it's short staff sometimes. But learning about the drugs, filling prescriptions and helping ppl I love it but I'll tell u this some pharmacist will treat u like trash and see u as a mere peasant that's there to play cashier and do what they themselves don't wanna do half the time. Make sure u put urself 1st and know ur worth and tell urself how this is a stepping stone and not permanent once so ever.
Hm yeah good to know, I’m just trying to set my expectations. Hopefully I can get my trainee license soon!
In Texas you go to the state board website to apply to be a trainee, you have 2 years to get certified after becoming a trainee. You can work as a technician while working on getting certified most pharmacies pay for you to take your test if you are a trainee
Does it take two years or is just that the max before you have to get a new license?
That’s the max ..you have multiples tries in that 2 years
So trainee sounds advantageous?