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Everyone who wants to become a pharmacy tech in Washington will have to take pharmacy technician training in Washington. The growing healthcare career in Washington is regulated by the Washington Department of Health’s Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission and they state that all pharmacy technicians in Washington must earn their national certification for employment.

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What are the Steps to Become a Pharmacy Technician in Washington?

We lay out a four step process that gets you on the path to getting certified in a streamlines fashion. Meet all entry requirements listed below from the state and program of your choice and you just need to follow our 3 steps for success!

1 – Be 18 years old or older
2 – Have a high school diploma/GED
3 – Pass a background check
4 – Pay application fee to the state

Step 1: Sign-up for an Approved Training Course in Washington

The list below is all the accredited pharmacy tech programs in the Evergreen State.

Accredited Pharmacy Technician Schools in Washington State

Altierus Career College-Tacoma
2156 Pacific Avenue Tacoma WA 98402-3004

Pima Medical Institute-Seattle
9709 Third Ave NE Suite 400 Seattle WA 98115

Spokane Community College
1810 North Greene Street Spokane WA 99217-5399

Yakima Valley College
South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd. Yakima WA 98907-2520

Charter College
17200 S.E. Mill Plain Boulevard, Suite 100 Vancouver WA 98683-7575

Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW Lakewood WA 98499-4004

Edmonds Community College
20000 68th Ave W Lynnwood WA 98036-5912

Lower Columbia College
1600 Maple Street Longview WA 98632-0310

Pima Medical Institute-Renton
555 South Renton Village Pl-Ste 400 Renton WA 98057

Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way Vancouver WA 98663-3598

Carrington College-Spokane
10102 E. Knox Ave., Ste. 200 Spokane WA 99206-4187

North Seattle College
9600 College Way North Seattle WA 98103-3599

Renton Technical College
3000 NE Fourth St Renton WA 98056-4123

Skagit Valley College
2405 E. College Way Mount Vernon WA 98273

Step 2: Complete Your Training Course

Complete all your approved and accredited classes for becoming a Washington pharmacy technician to be able to move on to prepping for the certification exam and registering for your testing date.

Step 3: Take and Pass the PTCE or ExCPT Exam

Take one of the two nationally recognized pharmacy tech certification tests (the PTCE or the ExCPT) and pass it to become a CPHT-Certified Pharmacy Technician Certification. Both of the tests give the title of CPHT and is accepted by the state of Washington.

We take a deeper look at these assessments here.

Pharmacy Technician Pay in Washington

The table below features the latest numbers on salary available for pharmacy technicians in Washington from

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$10.27$14.86$21.98
Yearly$21,370 $30,920 $45,710
Yearly$31,590 $42,210 $54,100
Bremerton-Silverdale, WAHourly$16.08$21.62$26.83
Yearly$33,450 $44,960 $55,800
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WAHourly$15.76$21.02$27.09
Yearly$32,770 $43,720 $56,350
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WAHourly$15.22$20.58$24.47
Yearly$31,650 $42,820 $50,900
Tacoma, WAHourly$15.44$20.32$25.19
Yearly$32,120 $42,270 $52,390
Bellingham, WAHourly$13.64$20.18$24.24
Yearly$28,370 $41,960 $50,410
Spokane, WAHourly$15.30$19.88$24.65
Yearly$31,830 $41,350 $51,270
Northwestern WashingtonHourly$15.89$19.73$24.39
Yearly$33,050 $41,040 $50,720
Longview, WAHourly$15.26$19.37$24.74
Yearly$31,740 $40,290 $51,470
Olympia, WAHourly$14.41$19.08$25.01
Yearly$29,960 $39,690 $52,010
Southwestern WashingtonHourly$14.81$18.88$25.42
Yearly$30,800 $39,260 $52,870
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WAHourly$15.15$18.83$45.65
Yearly$31,510 $39,160 $94,940
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WAHourly$14.84$18.66$24.37
Yearly$30,860 $38,820 $50,680
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WAHourly$14.32$18.43$23.68
Yearly$29,790 $38,340 $49,250
Eastern WashingtonHourly$13.33$18.29$24.56
Yearly$27,730 $38,050 $51,080
Yakima, WAHourly$11.27$17.24$22.87
Yearly$23,440 $35,870 $47,560
Lewiston, ID-WAHourly$10.67$15.99$22.87
Yearly$22,200 $33,250 $47,560
Central WashingtonHourly$10.43$14.67$22.30
Yearly$21,690 $30,520 $46,390

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