Pharmacy technician certification must be renewed every two years. If you have not recertified within the 90-day grace period following the expiration date on your certificate, you are no longer certified. You may, however, be eligible to have your recertification status reinstated if you do so within 18 months of the expiration date. Reinstated certification will expire on the same date that it would have expired had you recertified on time – there is no extension of the expiration date.

To reinstate your certification status, you must complete at least 20 hours of continuing education (CE), including at least one hour of pharmacy law. All CE requirements are the same as for recertification. To recertify, technicians must use the ICPT Reinstatement Form, which is available on the ICPT website, and send it to ICPT along with full payment by the postmark deadline. The fee for reinstatement is $80. Applications not completed correctly will be returned and will require an additional $10 reapplication fee.

Reinstatement is not available in the following circumstances:

  • certification has expired for more than 18 months
  • certification has been revoked
  • a board of pharmacy has revoked registration or licensure
  • the pharmacy technician has been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony

If recertification has lapsed more than 18 months, you must retake the ExCPT.