California Pharmacy Tech Schools & Certification

Last Updated/Verified: Dec 3, 2020

Pharmacy technicians in California collect information from customers or medical professionals. They measure medications to fill prescriptions and package the medicine for customer pickup. This can be a rewarding job, as many customers rely on their medication to maintain their health and wellness. Other job duties include organizing inventory and noting shortages to bring to the pharmacist’s attention.

For those who like the idea of accepting payments, processing insurance claims, and answering customer questions, a career as a pharmacy technician may sound appealing. Skills needed for this job include knowledge of common medications, computer literacy, and customer service skills.

California Pharmacy Technician Certification Requirements

State requirements for pharmacy technicians vary. In California, pharmacy techs must register with the California State Board of Pharmacy in order to accept employment as a pharmacy tech.

After completing the education and training requirements, techs can fill out the application for a pharmacy technician license, updated in 2020. The application requires a photo, training documentation, fingerprints, and a self-query. Successful candidates for pharmacy tech positions will have completed a high school diploma or GED. There are also several educational requirements that are specific to pharmacology, including:

  • Associates degree in pharmacy technology
  • Training specified by the board of pharmacy
  • Graduation from a pharmacy school approved by the board
  • PTCB certification
  • Passing a criminal background check

To obtain licensure in California, pharmacy techs must complete training specified by the Board of Pharmacy. There are three ways to accomplish this:

  • Program approved by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists
  • Federal military service pharmacy technology certification
  • Courses that include a minimum of 240 instruction hours and including:
    • pharmacy practice settings
    • pharmaceutical terminology
    • dosage calculations
    • identification of drugs
    • prescription dispensing
    • drug manufacturing, labeling, and packaging

Although many states require certification for pharmacy technicians, California does not. The state’s lawbook has pharmacy regulations that provide additional details about the requirements for pharmacy technicians

California Pharmacy Technician Careers & Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, California is a great place to be a pharmacy technician. There are over 36,500 pharmacy techs in the Golden State, and the average annual salary is $45,200, about $21.73 per hour. California is the highest paying state for this profession. Other high-paying pharmacy tech positions can be found in Alaska, Washington, the District of Columbia and Oregon.

Nine of the top 10 areas with the highest paying salaries are in California, including:

  1. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA at $51,090
  2. Santa Rosa, CA at $50,790
  3. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA at $50,070
  4. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA at $49,280
  5. Salinas, CA at $49,060

The BLS doesn’t break down the job outlook by state. However, it projects a 4% growth for the field through 2029. This tracks with the average for all jobs. This demand is based on a growing population of older adults who rely on prescription. With age, diabetes, chronic disease, and other health risks increase. Advances in research will increase the inventory of preventive medication and the demand for qualified pharmacy technicians. As pharmacists continue to assume new responsibilities for customer care, they will rely even more on pharmacy tech.

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20122 Cabrillo Lane
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 809-9011
12254 Cuesta Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 229-7960
4021 Rosewood Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 668-7555
3130 Sedona Ct
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 218-3253
1200 N Magnolia Ave
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 763-9066
6606 Pacific Blvd #204
Huntington Park, CA 90255
(323) 585-9000
11801 Pierce St #100
Riverside, CA 92505
(888) 430-4224
3041 W Ave K
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 722-6300
1215 Howe Ave #101
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 900-2850
555 Broadway, Suite 144
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 498-4100
2475 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 778-3540
4330 Watt Ave, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 649-8168
2022 University Drive
Vista, CA 92083
(760) 630-1555
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-3000
500 Carson Plaza Dr
Carson, CA 90746
(310) 826-7622
7851 Mission Center Court Suite #326
San Diego, CA 92108
(858) 357-8800
5500 University Parkway Sierra Hall 134
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2318
(909) 537-5976
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
(188) 877-8492 x5
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311
(661) 654-3036
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, CA 94542
(510) 885-3000
6300 E. State University Dr. Suite 104
Long Beach, CA 90815
(800) 963-2250
3699 Wilshire Blvd, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(877) 770-4223
11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 860-2451
5885 Haven Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737-3002
(909) 652-6000
5451 Lemon Hill Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95824
(916) 643-7400
50 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 239-3000
43-500 Monterey Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-8041
925 13th Ave.
Hanford, CA 93230
(559) 583-2500
4999 East Bardsley Avenue
Tulare, CA 93274
(559) 688-3000
915 S. Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 730-3700
4041 Lone Tree Way suite 101
Antioch, CA 94531
(925) 757-2900
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 691-7344
CA-1
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 546-3100
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
(650) 949-7777
6400 Laurel Canyon Blvd # 270
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 509-9970
1660 Chicago Ave N-1
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 683-8300
1122 E. Garfield Avenue
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 240-1000
701 W Ave K #123
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 940-9300
17231 Gothard St
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 842-4227
380 E. Aten Rd.
Imperial, CA 92251
(760) 352-8320
1755 Hilltop Dr
Redding, CA 96002
(530) 224-1000
2480 Hilborn Rd Suite 100
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 421-9700
9738 Lincoln Village Dr #120
Sacramento, CA 95827
(916) 714-5400
13356 Eldridge Avenue
Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 364-7600
1 Loyola Marymount University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 338-2700
255 W Bullard Ave
Fresno, CA 93704
(559) 323-2800
1 Barnard Dr
Oceanside, CA 92056
(760) 757-2121
3000 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1897
(408) 855-5083
435 College Avenue
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 575-6550
980 Fremont St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-4000
1830 W. Romneya Drive
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 808-4645
221 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 696-0102
3799 E Burnett St
Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 546-5171
134 W Holt Ave
Pomona, CA 91768
(909) 236-7106
4550 La Sierra Ave
Riverside, CA 92505
(951) 324-4157
1840 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 795-2800
14540 Haynes St
Van Nuys, CA 91411
(818) 975-4818
2101 W Garvey Ave N
West Covina, CA 91790
(626) 343-5266
780 Bay Blvd
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(800) 477-7462
251 North City Drive Suite 122
San Marcos, CA 92078
(800) 477-7462
3600 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 692-0921
701 South Mount Vernon Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 384-4400
835 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 405-7700
42135 10th St W #147
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 974-8282
201 New Stine Rd
Bakersfield, CA 93309
(661) 834-0126
295 E Sierra Ave
Fresno, CA 93710
(559) 448-8282
5380 Pirrone Rd
Salida, CA 95368
(209) 543-8800
4580 Ontario Mills Pkwy
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 948-7582
27270 Madison Ave #103
Temecula, CA 92590
(951) 296-6015
9331 Mariposa Rd
Hesperia, CA 92344
(760) 948-1947
8344 W Mineral King Ave
Visalia, CA 93291
(559) 651-2500
250 S. G. Street
San Bernardino, CA 92450
(855) 558-1100
1530 W. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706-3398
(714) 564-6000
303 Plaza Dr
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 922-8256
1501 Mendocino Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401-4395
(707) 527-4011
3737 Rosedale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93308
(661) 427-4300
3401 Rio Hondo Ave
El Monte, CA 91731
(866) 322-3171
5445 Balboa Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91316
(818) 380-5900
3602 N Blackstone Ave #268
Fresno, CA 93726
(866) 322-3171
661 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247
(866) 322-3171
1860 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92507
(866) 322-3171
2085 Montiel Rd D-100
San Marcos, CA 92069
(866) 322-3171
333 Palmer Dr. Suite 200.
Bakersfield, CA 93309
(888) 912-8512
1401 Willow Pass Rd
Concord, CA 94520
(888) 919-4220
4670 Auto Mall Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94538
(888) 775-1514
21615 Hesperian Blvd
Hayward, CA 94541
(855) 808-2732
1111 Howe Ave #300
Sacramento, CA 95825
(888) 518-6601
6800 Santa Teresa Blvd #200
San Jose, CA 95119
(800) 318-1550
257 Longford Dr #5
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(855) 811-6191
8399 Topanga Canyon Blvd Ste 200
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818) 436-0019
9000 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 287-4200
Bldg A-18, 9000 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 287-4475