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North Carolina CE Requirements
For Pharmacists

Last Updated: January 1, 2023

License Deadline: 12/31/2024

15 Hours

  • 5 Live

45 Hours

  • 23 Hours Live
  • 19 Hours General
  • 3 Hours Medication Errors
  • No carry-over credit is allowed

45 Hours

  • 23 Hours Live
  • 19 Hours General
  • 3 Hours Medication Errors
  • No carry-over credit is allowed

45 Hours

  • 23 Hours Live
  • 19 Hours General
  • 3 Hours Medication Errors
  • No carry-over credit is allowed

45 Hours

  • 23 Hours Live
  • 19 Hours General
  • 3 Hours Medication Errors
  • No carry-over credit is allowed

45 Hours

  • 23 Hours Live
  • 19 Hours General
  • 3 Hours Medication Errors
  • No carry-over credit is allowed

North Carolina Board of Pharmacy

North Carolina CE Requirements For Pharmacists

North Carolina Board of Pharmacy licensees must renew their licenses annually to maintain the right to practice.

The renewal period is from November 1 to December 31 each year.


North Carolina State Board of Pharmacy Renewal Requirements

The North Carolina Department of Health requires you to renew your license online through their Licensure Gateway.


Renewal Process
  1. Go to
  2. Enter your login information
  4. Select the banner that gives you the option to renew
  5. Click RENEW
  6. Complete the renewal application
License Reactivation

If you do not renew your license by the March 1 deadline your license will move to an inactive status, meaning you will not be eligible to work as a pharmacist.

You may reinstate an inactive license through the Licensure Gateway.


Grace Period

There is a 60-day grace period after the December 31 deadline. You may renew your license by March 1 the following year with no penalty.

Annual Continuing Education Requirements
General Hours10
Live Hours5
Total Hours Required15
What types of CE does the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy accept?

The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy accepts:

  • CE accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • CE accredited by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists
  • Preceptor for an in-state pharmacy school student
CE Requirements for Additional Credentials
• Immunization Certification CE Requirement

Licensing regulations state you must complete 3 hours of Immunization-related CE every 2 years to maintain your immunization certification. These hours can count toward the 15 CE hours required for yearly license renewal.

• Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner CE Requirement

Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners must complete 35 hours of continuing education each year. The 15 hours required for yearly license renewal can count toward this total.


Tracking CE in North Carolina with CPE Monitor

What is CPE Monitor?

CPE Monitor is an electronic tracking system provided by ACPE and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). It allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to easily track their completed continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits.

How does it work?

Continuing education providers report credits to CPE Monitor after a participant completes their program using the participant’s NABP e-Profile ID and date of birth. The North Carolina State Board of Pharmacy can then use CPE Monitor to electronically validate the completed credits.

21 NCAC 46 .2201 Hours: Records: Providers: Correspondence: Reciprocity

(a) As a condition of license renewal, a pharmacist shall accumulate 15 hours of continuing education annually.
(b) Five of these continuing education hours shall be obtained through contact programs. Contact programs are those in which there is an opportunity for live two-way communication between the presenter and attendee. An online continuing education course may satisfy this contact-hour requirement provided that the continuing education course includes live two-way communication between the presenter and attendee.
(c) A pharmacist shall preserve all continuing education records for three years. If a continuing education provider approved in Paragraph (e) of this Rule maintains an electronic database of all pharmacists granted continuing education credits accredited by the provider, then the storage of that information in the provider’s database shall be deemed to satisfy the pharmacist’s recordkeeping requirement.
(d) Upon license renewal, the pharmacist shall report continuing education hours through the Board’s online license renewal portal. The Board may require a pharmacist to submit records, reports of accredited hours and certificates of credit on a random basis pursuant to a continuing education audit.
(e) All continuing education shall be obtained through continuing education courses accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education or the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. Pharmacists may also acquire five hours continuing education credit for precepting, for at least 160 hours, a student enrolled in the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Wingate University School of Pharmacy, or the High Point University Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy as part of these schools’ academic program.
(f) A pharmacist shall be exempt from the requirements of this Rule if:

(1) The pharmacist is eligible for a waiver of continuing education requirements under 21 NCAC 46 .1613; or
(2) For the entire year preceding license renewal, the pharmacist resided in another state, did not practice pharmacy in North Carolina, and satisfied the state of residence’s continuing education requirements for pharmacist licensure.

(g) Continuing education shall not serve as a barrier to reciprocity; however, all licensees by reciprocity must observe the continuing education standards specified in Paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) of this Rule within the first renewal period
after licensure in this state.

This is not guaranteed to be the most updated version of this North Carolina Pharmacy Law. Refer to the official North Carolina General Statutes and Session Laws or consult an attorney for guidance.

Pharmacists who would like to reciprocate their licenses in North Carolina must follow the steps outlined here by the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy.

As part of the yearly license renewal process, pharmacists are required to complete a total of fifteen continuing education hours, five of which must be live.

In order to get a pharmacist license in North Carolina you must:
  1. Have practical experience in pharmacy gained under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Your experience must be approved by the Board of Pharmacy.
  2. Have graduated from an accredited school or college of pharmacy (or) have passed the NABP Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency exam, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Test of Spoken English (TSE).
  3. Have passed the North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE).
For the full requirements for licensure as a pharmacist in North Carolina, consult the Board of Pharmacy.

Finding engaging, affordable online live CE is important for pharmacists in North Carolina, but it can be difficult to find free courses that meet your professional needs. If you are looking for unlimited access to online live CE that covers topics like immunization or compounding, you can unlock freeCE’s live calendar with a Gold Membership. For one low price, you can access all the CE you need to renew your license in one place and save valuable time and energy finding multiple options that fit your schedule and professional needs.

Explore freeCE’s packages here.

The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy requires 5 hours of live CE. Traditionally, pharmacists can earn live CE through in-person seminars or meetings. However, in the state of North Carolina, you also have the option to earn these credit hours with online webinars. Online live CE fulfills all the requirements of in-person activities, including interactive Q&A sessions with the faculty, all while being fully digital.

If you struggle to fit in-person live CE into your busy schedule, live webinars may be an excellent option for you. Webinars come in different lengths and formats and cover a variety of topics, allowing you to choose the activity that’s right for you.


Online Live CE

In Person Live CE

Q&A with faculty

Credit-based on attendance (no post-test)

Accessible from any location


Interaction with other students


Are you looking for online live CE? Look no further. freeCE has the most comprehensive webinar schedule around. Explore our packages here.

Pharmacists in North Carolina are required to earn 15 hours of CE credit annually covering any topic that improves professional competence. In order for courses to be valid, the CE provider must be approved by the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy. As an ACPE-accredited continuing education provider, freeCE meets both your live and general requirements.

To help you find the CE you need to renew your license, freeCE has a wide variety of activities. We add new content to this catalog on a regular basis so you can not only meet your requirements each cycle, but you can choose the activities which interest you most. freeCE doesn’t just offer adequate training. We provide training that is educational and interesting. These activities are available in both live and on-demand formats and cover important topics from diverse perspectives. Explore freeCE’s packages here.

The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy does not require CE for pharmacy technicians. However, certified pharmacy technicians must complete the requirements associated with their certifying body. If you are a CPhT, please refer to your certifying body (either the PTCB or the NHA) for continuing education requirements.

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