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Wisconsin Board of Pharmacy |
CE Requirements

Last Updated: December 30, 2023

45 Hours

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

License Deadline: 5/31/2024

30 Hours

  • 30 Hours

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

Wisconsin Board of Pharmacy

Wisconsin CE Requirements For Pharmacists

Wisconsin Board of Pharmacy licensees must renew their licenses biennially to maintain the right to practice. Renewal applications are due by May 31 of even-numbered years. The biennial license renewal fee is $60.

Biennial Continuing Education Requirements

The Wisconsin Board of Pharmacy requires 30 continuing education (CE) hours to be completed every 2 years prior to the renewal date of May 31. These education hours may be completed in a live or home study setting.

Total Hours

30

General Hours 

30

Phar 16.01 Authority and purpose. 

The rules in thischapter are adopted by the pharmacy examining board pursuant

to the authority delegated by ss. 15.08 (5) (b), 227.11 (2) and

450.02 (2g) (a), Stats.

History: Cr. Register, November, 1999, No. 527, eff. 12−1−99.

Phar 16.02 Continuing education required; waiver.

(1) Each pharmacist required to complete the continuing education requirement provided under s. 450.085, Stats., shall, at the time of making application for renewal of a license under s.

450.08 (2) (a), Stats., sign a statement on the application for renewal certifying that the pharmacist has completed at least 30 hours of acceptable continuing education programs within the 2−year period immediately preceding the date of his or her application for renewal. The 30 hours of continuing education for pharmacists first applies to applications that are submitted to the department to renew a license to practice pharmacy that expires on June 1, 2000. This subsection does not apply to an application for renewal of a license that expires on the first renewal date after the date on which the board initially granted the license.

(2) A pharmacist may apply to the board for waiver of the requirements of this chapter on grounds of exceptional circumstances such as prolonged illness, disability or other similar circumstances that the pharmacist indicates have prevented him or her from meeting the requirements. The board will consider each application for waiver individually on its merits.

History: Cr. Register, November, 1999, No. 527, eff. 12−1−99.

Phar 16.03 Acceptable continuing educational programs. 

The board recognizes only those educational programs offered by a provider approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education at the time of attendance, or other board

approved programs.

Note: As of August 9, 1999, the board has not approved any programs other than

programs offered by a provider approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

History: Cr. Register, November, 1999, No. 527, eff. 12−1−99; reprinted to correct printing error, Register, February, 2000, No. 530; CR 14−023: am. Register August 2014 No. 704, eff. 9−1−14.

Phar 16.04 Evidence of compliance. 

The board accepts as evidence of compliance with this chapter certification by a providing institution or organization that a pharmacist has attended and completed continuing education programs approved under the provisions of s. Phar 16.03. Certification may be the original, or verified copies of, documents certifying attendance and completion.

History: Cr. Register, November, 1999, No. 527, eff. 12−1−99.

 

Phar 16.05 Retention requirement

The pharmacist shall retain evidence of compliance for 3 years following the renewal date for the biennium for which 30 hours of credit are required for renewal of a license.

Note: For example, a pharmacist who renews his or her license on June 1, 2000, must retain proof of having obtained 30 hours of continuing education in the 2 years preceding renewal until June 1, 2003.

History: Cr. Register, November, 1999, No. 527, eff. 12−1−99.

Phar 16.06 Audit. 

The board may require any pharmacist to submit his or her evidence of compliance with the continuing education requirements to audit compliance.

 

We cannot guarantee this is the most up-to-date version of this code section. Please refer to the Wisconsin Code for the most accurate information.

The Wisconsin State Board of Pharmacy does allow for licensure by reciprocity for pharmacists if licensed in another state/territory. The applicant must: 
  • Submit the application form and pay any required fees online via LicensE
  • Complete and submit the NABP Application for Licensure Transfer
  • Apply for eligibility, register, and pass the Wisconsin MPJE
    • Submit the exam results with the application along with the rest of the required documentation
  • If the applicant is facing any convictions or pending charges, complete form #2252 as well

The Wisconsin State Board of Pharmacy requires a minimum of 30 continuing education hours every 2 years. The CE requirement must be fulfilled by the renewal date of May 31 of even-numbered years.

A pharmacist license may be obtained through examination or reciprocity. To obtain licensure via examination, the applicant must:

  • Submit the application form and pay any required fees online via LicensE
  • Complete and submit the Certificate of Professional Education form (#2512)
  • Provide proof of 1500 internship hours in pharmacy practice
  • Apply for eligibility, register, and pass the NAPLEX and Wisconsin MPJE via the NABP website
    • Submit the exam results with the application along with the rest of the required documentation
  • If the applicant is facing any convictions or pending charges, complete form #2252 as well

In Wisconsin, there is no requirement for live continuing education (CE) hours to renew a pharmacist license, but actively participating in them can offer significant advantages. Choosing to participate in live online CE sessions provides access to diverse educational opportunities specifically designed to promote professional growth.

For a more convenient and comprehensive approach to utilizing our self-paced learning and interactive online courses, we suggest enrolling in the freeCE Gold Membership today. With this membership, you gain unrestricted daily entry to all live sessions and on-demand training options, granting you the flexibility to structure a schedule that accommodates your personal requirements.

freeCE streamlines the journey of professional growth and educational development, allowing for a simple, accessible, and cost-effective experience. freeCE offers a wide variety of educational materials, allowing pharmacists to select subjects that align with their interests or areas of expertise.

Wisconsin CE Requirements For Pharmacy Technicians

Wisconsin-licensed pharmacy technicians must renew their licenses biennially to maintain the right to practice. Renewal applications are due by May 31 of even-numbered years with a renewal fee of $30.

The Wisconsin Board of Pharmacy does not require registered technicians to complete continuing education hours for the renewal of licensure. If the technician is nationally certified, refer to the appropriate licensing body such as PTCB for more information on their respective requirements.

To become a registered pharmacy technician, the applicant must: 
  • Be at least 18 years of age and hold a GED or high school diploma OR be actively enrolled in a youth apprenticeship program for pharmacy technicians sanctioned by the Wisconsin Department of Public Institution (DPI)
  • Complete and submit the Pharmacy Technician Application via LicensE
  • Pay an initial application fee of $30

Although Wisconsin does not mandate ongoing education for pharmacy technicians, freeCE serves as an educational platform for individuals to actively pursue their aspirations and interests. Our platform presents a diverse array of accredited learning opportunities, ranging from engaging webinars and on-demand sessions to written activities. This diverse selection ensures that you can customize your learning journey according to your preferred learning approach and interests.

Opting for freeCE grants you the flexibility of online learning, enabling you to complete courses at your own pace and from any location of your choice. This flexibility allows you to effectively balance both professional and educational responsibilities, making it more feasible than ever to concurrently attain your career and educational goals. To discover the membership option that aligns with your goals, we invite you to explore our website by clicking here.

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