Starting April 1st, 2009, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) switched from offering their testing services only 4 times a year to an on-demand system, which allows applicants to take their Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) year round. 6800 people have already signed up to take the exam since then. I think that the PTCB made the logical decision here to make it more convenient for one to obtain licensing to become pharmacy technician.
If you plan on applying for pharmacy schools, you may want to consider obtaining your pharmacy tech license. In addition to the title of CPhT (Certified Pharmacy Technician), you will have the basic knowledge to succeed in a pharmacy setting. Although obtaining a pharmacy tech license is not mandatory prerequisite for pharmacy school, it will show the admission committees that your dedication to pursuing pharmacy as a career. Some pharmacies may hire you as a pharmacy clerk without any license, but many pharmacies will not hire anyone who has not obtained their pharmacy technician license. Licensing procedures may differ state to state, so it is wise to also check your state’s pharmacy board website before getting started.