This job requires both clerical skills, customer service, and certain pharmaceutical knowledge and technical skills. A pharmacy technician needs understand doctor’s prescription, calculate the dosages, preparation of compound drugs, communication between doctors, pharmacists, and patients often over phones, and explaining the medicinal products to the patients/customers. They basically mix and prepare ointments, creams. lotions, make pills/tablets or suspensions from powdered drug, and other medications under the supervision of pharmacists.
Difference between pharmacy technician and assistant:
Unlike assistants, pharmacy technicians have an authority of signing on new prescriptions and refills.
Pharmacy technicians need to be certified by respective provincial college of pharmacists (e.g., Alberta College of Pharmacists, Ontario College of Pharmacists, etc.) following exam. In contrast, pharmacy assistants do not need any certification, usually a certificate/diploma program is sufficient.
The length of the pharmacy assistant programs (~6 months) are shorter than pharmacy technician ones (~1 year).
$15.00 – $24.00
Certificate or Diploma
- Successful completion of a structured practical training program for pharmacy technicians, and
- Successful completion of examinations approved by the council
- Pre-register with the provincial college of pharmacists
- Complete an approved pharmacy technician program from any college
- Obtain a Structured Practical Training as your province suggest (e.g., Alberta, Ontario, etc.)
- Clear the provincial Jurisprudence Exam (e.g., Alberta, Ontario, etc.)
- Clear the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada qualifying exam (part 1 and 2) for pharmacy technicians
- Apply for the certificate of registration as a pharmacy technician