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.
Pharmacy technicians renew on odd-numbered years. The deadline to renew on time is December 31 of odd-numbered years.
Technician renewal applications will be ONLINE ONLY via https://www.albop.com, beginning September 15, 2023 through December 31, 2023. All payments will be online. You may use E-Check, MasterCard, VISA, American Express, or a single use credit card. The renewal fee is $62.40 if you use a card and $61.50 if you pay by e-check.
If you have a name change, e-mail email@example.com and send proof of your legal name change BEFORE YOU RENEW ONLINE.
Failure to renew your registration by December 31, 2023 and continuing to work as a technician in any way, will subject you to late fees and discipline.
You are not required to submit proof of CE at this time. The Board will be conducting a random CE audit at the end of the renewal period. In order to avoid discipline, your CE hours will need to be completed by the end of the year. If you registered in 2023, no CE hours are required. If you registered in 2022, you will only be required to have 3 hours of CE, one of which must be live. All other technicians are required to have 6 hours of CE, two of which must be live.
If you received your registration between January 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023 and have not completed a Board Approved Technician Training Program, you will not be allowed to renew. If you have completed your training and have recently uploaded it to your file, please allow 3 business days for processing before trying to submit your renewal.
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.
For questions regarding your technician renewal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The only information you cannot change is your name. Please email email@example.com if you wish to change your name, along with supporting documentation.
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.
Attendees of board meetings, in person or virtually, may now receive CE credit. Please see process below to submit for credit.
- Full name must be displayed on Webex, and you must sign in individually.
- To claim your credit, you will need to complete a SignUpGenius survey. SignUpGenius link can be found on the website under About Us → Board Meetings → Claim CE Credit.
- The passcode will be available during executive session and CLOSE at 11:59 pm the day after the board meeting.
- Once SignUpGenius is completed, you will receive a confirmation email with details. Please retain this email for your CE records.
- Each meeting is worth 1 live hour. You must be present the entirety of the meeting in order to claim credit.
- Pharmacists can receive a max of 3 live hours/year for attending a Board meeting.
- Technicians can receive a max of 1 live hour/year for attending a Board meeting.
Technician Training Rule
Please note this is NOT CE, so do not upload CE as completion of your tech training.
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
PTCB and NHA are both considered a Board-recognized pharmacy technician certification examination.
Steps for Notifying the Board of Completion
Technician Vaccination Training Rule
680-X-2-.46 Immunization Training
(1) Purpose: The Alabama State Board of Pharmacy (Board) is charged with the duty and responsibility to maintain standards of professional conduct and to regulate professional practice and is further charged to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the State of Alabama. In conformity with this purpose, this rule shall provide guidelines for administering vaccinations by Alabama licensed pharmacists and/or registered interns, externs, and technicians.
(2) In order to administer immunizations, a pharmacist, intern, or extern must be licensed and/or registered
by the Alabama Board of Pharmacy and comply with the following requirements:
(a) The pharmacist, intern, and/or extern must have and maintain a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
(b) The intern and/or extern must be under the direct supervision of an Alabama licensed pharmacist.
(3) Technicians must be registered by the Alabama Board of Pharmacy, in good standing, acting under the direct
supervision of an Alabama licensed pharmacist and in order to administer vaccines, shall comply with the following
(a) The registered pharmacy technician must complete a minimum two (2) hours of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) approved practical training program to include hands-on injection technique training, the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines and successful examination to assure sufficient knowledge of vaccines;
(b) The registered technician must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation; (c) The vaccine must be ordered by an Alabama licensed pharmacist or pursuant to a valid prescription;
(d) The Alabama licensed pharmacist must be readily and immediately available to the immunizing registered pharmacy technician;
(e) The registered technician shall submit to the Board of Pharmacy documentation of the satisfactory completion
of the requirements of (3)(a) within 10 days of completion.
(f) For each submission of the documentation referenced in paragraph e. above, the Secretary of the Board shall issue to the registered technician a certificate for immunization authority, which shall be displayed in a conspicuous place.
(4) The pharmacist, in his or her capacity and as part of their supervision of intern, extern, and/or technician shall report any adverse event required by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), including but not limited to:
(a) Any adverse event listed in the VAERS table of Reporting Events Following Vaccination within the listed
specified time period.
(b) Any adverse event listed by the vaccine manufacturer as a contraindication to further doses of the
(5) The pharmacist is further responsible to ensure, the following:
(a) The vaccine must be FDA-authorized or FDA-licensed;
(b) In the case of a designated emergency vaccine, the vaccine must be ordered and administered according to the
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) vaccine recommendation(s);
(c) A childhood vaccine must be ordered and administered according to ACIP’s standard immunization schedule;
(d) Storage, use and administration of any sterile product used in the administration of immunizations meets the
United States Pharmacopeia (USP) requirements, as well as those of the Centers for Disease Control and any applicable provision of the Alabama Pharmacy Practice Act and/or any rules of the Board now in effect or which may become effective in the future;
(e) The pharmacy must have available an epinephrine kit (epinephrine in lmg/ml aqueous solution) or an epinephrine
(f) Compliance with blood borne pathogen requirements, including, but not limited to medical waste disposal, and FDA-cleared sharps disposal containers;
(g) Compliance with all record keeping and reporting requirements, which are now in effect or may become required in the future.
(6) The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of Board approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education each renewal cycle.
(7) The supervising pharmacist shall ensure any pharmacists, interns, externs, and registered technicians prior
to providing immunizations completion of the immunization training set out above and is acting in compliance with all requirements of the rule.
(8) Any pharmacist, intern, extern, or technician performing immunizations without complying with this rule shall
be subject to discipline by the Board.
Author: Donna C. Yeatman, R.Ph. Executive Secretary
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§34-23-92.
History: New Rule: Published August 31, 2021; effective October 15, 2021
Steps for Notifying the Board of Completion
- Step 1. Complete your ACPE-approved vaccination training
- Step 2. You will need to upload your CPR certification card PLUS one of the following:
- Copy of your training certificate; OR
- Technician vaccination training completion affirmation form
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
Forms & Resources
Technician Manual: Per Rule 680-X-2(5), written control procedures and guidelines for supervision of technicians by a licensed pharmacist and for performance of tasks by technicians shall be established and made available for review by the Board of Pharmacy.