Pharmacy Technicians

Welcome to the SPA Technician’s Corner

Washington is a special place for Pharmacy Technicians. Did you know that the Board of Pharmacy now licenses more Pharmacy Technicians than Pharmacists? It’s true! You are an important part of Pharmacy and of the Spokane Pharmacy Association. Let us know what kinds of features you’d like in this space.

2017 Pharmacy Technician Day CE


Registration at the door is available for a $25 fee.


Saturday October 7th, 2017
8:00am to 5:00pm

Spokane Community College
Bldg. 9, Room 003
N. 1810 Greene St. MS 2090,
Spokane, WA 99217

SPA or WSPA members at the door: $50
Non-members at the door: $80

Fee includes light breakfast, lunch, and seven hours of continuing education credit.

Please email Cheri Lewis if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing all of you at Tech Day 2017!


Continuing education topics this year include:

  • Review of USP 800
  • Pharmacy Law Update
  • Veterinary Medicine – What a Technician Needs to Know
  • 2017-18 Immunization Update
  • Understanding Private Health Insurance: A Focus on Medical Healthcare Coverage and Pharmacy Reimbursement
  • Medication Reconciliation – You Can Make an Impact
  • Review of Geriatric Pharmaceutical Care – Understanding the Aging Population

In an effort to make Tech Day affordable to more technicians, the CE credits earned at Tech Day will not be reported to CPE Monitor or NABP. You will receive a CE certificate as proof of credit at the end of the program.

Please note that if you are not a member of either SPA or WSPA, you will save $5 off the registration fee if you become a member before you register for Tech Day. Listed below are the websites to join either Association.

We’ve gone digital and green! Everything will be provided to you electronically before the event. You are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet, or phone to Tech Day to follow along. If you want paper copies of the presentation material, you can either print them to bring with you or for a $10 fee, SPA will do the printing for you. If you choose this option you must order the printed material at registration as we will not have extra at the event.

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Washington State Pharmacy Association –

Permanent Rules Requiring Pharmacy Technicians to Complete Continuing Education

The Washington State Board of Pharmacy has adopted rules which establish continuing education (CE) requirements for pharmacy technicians.  The adopted rule was filed with the Code Revisers Office. View rule and FAQs here.

The rule requires pharmacy technicians to complete 10 hours of continuing education (CED) or 1.0 CE unit annually. One hour must be in pharmacy law and the remaining nine hours must be in pharmacy technician related education. The proposed rule mirrors the national CE standards for pharmacy technicians set by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians.

Continuing education accrual cycles will begin with those pharmacy technicians that have a January 1, 2013, birthday. The first continuing education hours will not be required to be attested to, or reported, until January 1, 2014.

You can find more information on the Washington State Board of Pharmacy’s Webpage.  If you have questions, please contact Kitty Slater-Einert at 360.236.4861 or by email at

Kitty Slater-Einert
Rules Coordinator
Washington State Board of Pharmacy
PO Box 47863
Olympia, WA 98504-7863

A Community Pharmacy Technician’s Role in Reducing Medication Errors

Pharmacy technicians play a major role in community pharmacy practice. The pharmacist relies on the technician to provide an extra layer of safety. It is important for technicians to follow system-based processes and inform the pharmacist when these processes do not work or are unmanageable. See full article…