Please note that if you obtain a new technician registration now, you will still need to renew that registration by December 31st of this year.
Cost: $60 application fee, $40 background check fee, $4 service fee. All fees are non-refundable. If the applicant fails to receive approval, the fee is retained for cost of processing.
You will need to upload your driver’s license and current photo within the past 6 months
You are subject to a criminal background check. A finding of a criminal history whether arrest, conviction or both may require a hearing in the future to determine if the application will be granted. You also have an obligation to truthfully respond to all inquiries including those about your criminal history. Not being truthful is not only grounds for the denial of your application after a hearing but in light of the background check all criminal history will be divulged. If the applicant fails to receive approval, the fee is retained for cost of processing.
RENEWALS ARE NOW OPEN!
Renew your technician registration by December 31, 2021.
Pharmacy technicians renew on odd-numbered years. The deadline to renew on time is December 31 of odd-numbered years. Between January 1 and 31 of the following year, your renewal will be considered late, but you can still renew online. After January 31, the online renewal window will close, and you will need to complete the online reinstatement application.
Duplicate Registration Request
Click here if you would like to request a copy of your technician registration.
Every pharmacy technician shall, prior to reregistration, complete 6 hours of CE, with 2 of those 6 hours being live. “Live” means it can be in-person or virtual, but it cannot be a pre-recorded CE.
It is the responsibility of each pharmacy technician to maintain and compile accurate records relating to all CE or activities they have attended and completed. It shall be the responsibility of each pharmacy technician to maintain above documentation and information pertaining to each renewal cycle for a period of two (2) years.
ALBOP shall randomly audit the CE documentation or information to be maintained or submitted by each pharmacy technician as described herein to assure compliance with these rules. Failure to maintain the documentation or information set forth in these rules or the submission of false or misleading information or documentation to the Board of Pharmacy or failure to submit requested documentation or information within the time specified by the Board may subject the pharmacy technician, on the first violation to a non-disciplinary administrative penalty authorized by Code of Ala. 1975, §34-23-132 an amount not less than twenty five dollars ($25.00) or more than one hundred dollars ($100.0) as determined by the board.
Technician Training Rule
On August 31, 2020, the Board published changes to 680-X-2-.14 The Role of Technicians in Pharmacies in Alabama. All technicians receiving their initial registration on or after January 1, 2020 shall complete a Board-approved training program within the first six months after their registration and submit evidence of completion to the board within 10 days of completion. The technician and the employing pharmacy shall keep documentation of this training for a period of two years from the completion of the training. The passage of a Board recognized pharmacy technician certification examination shall be accepted as a training program. The training program shall be the responsibility of the technician and the pharmacy employing the technician. The Board of Pharmacy may issue a fine of up to one thousand ($1,000) to the pharmacy and revocation of the registration of a technician for violation of this rule.
Board-approved Training Programs
Steps for Notifying the Board of Completion
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a pharmacy technician?
An individual, other than an intern, extern, or an assistant pharmacist, who performs pharmacy functions under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
Code of Ala. §34-23-130
2. What is the role of the pharmacy technician?
A pharmacy technician shall not perform pharmacy functions or be present in the prescription department of a pharmacy unless he or she is under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. A pharmacy technician shall not perform pharmacy functions or be present in the prescription department of a pharmacy unless he or she is registered by the board.
When supervision is required, a licensed pharmacist shall be jointly responsible and liable for the actions of a pharmacy technician.
Ala. Admin. Rule 680-X-2-.14
3. Are there continuing education requirements for a pharmacy technician?
Pharmacy Technicians shall complete six (6) hours of continuing education within the renewal period, with two (2) of those hours being “live” presentation.
Code of Ala. §34-23-131(d)
4. If a technician chooses not to practice as a pharmacy technician any longer, are they required to keep their license current?
No. However, if that person wants to re-enter the pharmacy technician field in the future, they will have to pay back fees plus penalties (maximum of 5 years of penalties and fees) to get their lapsed license current. The person is not able to re-enter the technician profession using a new technician application.
Ala. Admin. Code 680-X-2-.14(10)
5. If a technician registers for the first time any time in the calendar year, are they required to obtain the full three (3) hours of continuing education the first year?
No. They will be required to obtain the full three (3) hours the first full year of registration.
6. When does a technician need to submit for a renewal registration?
Technician renewals are biennial on odd years. Registration starts October 1st and is null and void on December 31st of the expiring registration year.
Code of Ala. §34-23-131