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.

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2018 Pharmacy Technician Day CE

Mark you calendars for Saturday, October 6, 2018!

Date and Time

Sat, October 6, 2018
8:00 AM – 3:00 p.m.


Spokane Community College
1810 North Greene Street
Building 9 Room 003
Spokane, WA 99217


$25 – SPA/WSPA member
$60 – Non-member
$50 – Non-member with one-year SPA technician membership
Free – Spokane Community College Student (please still register so we know how many to plan for)

2018 CE Speaker Line Up

Six hours of Washington state CE total.
USP Chapters 797 and 800
Michael Brandt, Pharm.D., FASHP

Building Effective Teams and Conflict Resolution
Julie Akers, Pharm.D., BCAP, clinical assistant professor of pharmacotherapy at Washington Sate University

Over the counter products: a review for pharmacy technicians
Jeffery Clark, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor of pharmacotherapy at Washington State University

Evolving Roles of Pharmacy Technicians
Taylor Bertsch, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor of pharmacotherapy at Washington State University

Law update for technicians
Eleanor Doss, Pharm.D., pharmacist investigator for the Washington state Department of Health and PQAC

Please email April Parker if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing all of you at Tech Day 2018!


The CE’s earned at Tech Day will NOT be reported to CPE monitor and NABP.
Thank you to the Washington State Pharmacy Association for being our event co-sponsor this year! WSPA members may register at the SPA member price of $25.
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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@doh.wa.gov

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.