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Pharmacy Technician

Free Certification Training

This all-expense paid, 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, one optional in-person BLS Training will be available for students.

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
  • Our Fall 2023 Cohort is FULL

  • Fall Dates

    Start: 10/30/2023
    End: 4/1/2024

    Online with required Zooms every other Monday evening.
    Additionally, one optional in-person BLS Training will be available for students.

  • Eligibility Requirements

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


This program is FREE for those who qualify (including textbooks and certifications). Funding is provided through the Harold Alfond Center for the Advancment of Maine's Workforce and the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan. The Pharmacy Technician Training at YCCC is recognized by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Students who successfully complete the program can sit for the PTCB CPhT Certification.

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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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