Pharmacy Technician

Free Certification Training

This all-expense paid, 23-week accelerated program will provide you with the skills you need to enter a high-demand career as a Pharmacy Technician. The training is designed to assist students in preparing for the pharmacy technician certification examination.

Some of the topics covered include: pharmacy law, medical terminology, medication calculations, the preparation and administration of medications, drug classifications, drug actions, adverse drug reactions, and how to implement pharmacy inventory protocols.

Additionally, students will receive hands-on training for CPR certification and vaccination training.

You'll learn how to:

  • Collect information needed to fill a prescription from customers or health professionals

  • Measure amounts of medication for prescriptions

  • Package and label prescriptions

  • Organize, inventory and alert pharmacists to any shortages of medications or supplies

  • Accept payments for prescriptions and process insurance claims

  • Enter customer or patient information, including any prescriptions taken, into a computer system

  • Answer phone calls from customers

  • Arrange for customers to speak with pharmacists if customers have questions about medications or health matters

Quick Facts
  • The Spring 2022 cohort is full. Please contact with questions.

  • 3/28/2022 - 9/2/2022

    Training will take place predominantly online through Brightspace (YCCC’s online learning platform) and on Zoom every other week (in the evenings). Two in-person sessions at YCCC’s campus in Wells will be required for CPR and vaccination training.

  • Eligibility Requirements

    Maine Resident
    High school diploma or equivalent
    At least 18+ before the start of the training

  • COVID-19 Requirements

    All YCCC students must provide proof they received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to attending their first in-person class. Students who require a second dose of a vaccine must provide proof of the second dose no later than 30 days from the date of their first in-person class. For more information, please click COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements below.


Training program is FREE for those who qualify (including textbooks and certifications). Funding is generously provided through the Harold Alfond Grant and the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan to provide customized workforce training grants to Maine residents, with delivery through YCCC and Maine’s other community colleges.

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The employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2020 to 2030. About 31,700 openings for pharmacy technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. (

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