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CE Requirements

Last Updated: December 27, 2023

LICENSE DEADLINE: 10/31 EVERY ODD OR EVEN YEAR BASED ON LICENSE YEAR

30 Hours

  • 25 General Hours
  • 3 Opioid/Controlled Substance
  • 2 Immunizations

LICENSE DEADLINE: 10/31 EVERY ODD OR EVEN YEAR BASED ON LICENSE YEAR

20 Hours

  • 17 General Hours
  • 3 Opioid/Controlled Substance

45 Hours

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

30 Hours

  • 20 General
  • 3 Law
  • 3 Opioid/Controlled Substance
  • 2 Immunizations
  • 2 Tobacco Cessation Drug Therapies

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

Arizona Board of Pharmacy

Arizona CE Requirements For Pharmacists

Arizona Board of Pharmacy licensees must renew their licenses biennially on October 31 to maintain the right to practice. Renewal on either odd or even years is based on the last digit of the license year. The biennial license renewal fee is $180.

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

Biennial Continuing Education Requirements

Total Hours

30

General

25

Opioid/controlled substance

3

Immunizations

2

 

Additional CE Requirements

  • Pharmacists who prescribe and dispense tobacco cessation drug therapies should complete 2 hours of CE related to tobacco cessation.
  • Pharmacists who dispense self-administered hormonal contraceptives under a standing prescription order should complete 2 hours of CE related to contraceptives.
Section R4-23-204: Continuing Education Requirements
  1. Under A.R.S. § 32-1936, continuing professional pharmacy education is mandatory for all licensees.
  1. General continuing education requirement. In accordance with A.R.S. § 32-1925(F), the Board shall not renew a license unless the licensee has, during the two years preceding the application for renewal, participated in 30 contact hours (3.0 CEUs) of continuing education activity sponsored by an Approved Provider as defined in R4-23-110.
  2. Special continuing education requirement. The Board shall not renew a license unless:
    1. A licensee certified under R4-23-411 to administer immunizations, vaccines, and emergency medications has participated in at least two contact hours of continuing education activity related to administering immunizations, vaccines, and emergency medications;
    2. A licensee authorized to dispense controlled substances has participated in at least three contact hours of opioid-related, substance use disorder-related, or addiction-related continuing education activity; and
    3. A licensee who dispenses self-administered hormonal contraceptives under a standing prescription order has participated in at least three contact hours of continuing education activity related to self-administered hormonal contraceptives.
  3. A pharmacist is exempt from the continuing education requirement in subsections (A)(1) and (2) between the time of initial licensure and first renewal.
  1. Acceptance of continuing education units CEUs. The Board shall:
  1. Accept CEUs for continuing education activities sponsored only by an Approved Provider;
  2. Accept CEUs accrued only during the two-year period immediately before licensure renewal;
  3. Not allow CEUs accrued in a biennial renewal period to be carried forward to the succeeding biennial renewal period;
  4. Allow a pharmacist who leads, instructs, or lectures to a group of health professionals on pharmacy-related topics in a continuing education activity sponsored by an Approved Provider to receive CEUs for a presentation by following the same attendance procedures as any other attender of the continuing education activity; and
  5. Not accept as CEUs the performance of normal teaching duties within a learning institution by a pharmacist whose primary responsibility is the education of health professionals.
  1. Continuing education records and reporting CEUs. A pharmacist shall:
  1. Maintain continuing education records that:
    1. Verify the continuing education activities the pharmacist participated in during the preceding five years; and
    2. Consist of a statement of credit or a certificate issued by an Approved Provider at the conclusion of a continuing education activity;
  2. At the time of licensure renewal, attest to the number of CEUs the pharmacist participated in during the renewal period on the biennial renewal form; and
  3. When requested by the Board office, submit proof of continuing education participation within 20 days of the request.
  1. The Board may revoke, suspend, or place on probation the license of a pharmacist who fails to comply with continuing education participation, recording, or reporting requirements of this Section.
  2. A pharmacist who is aggrieved by any decision of the Board or its administrative staff concerning continuing education units may request a hearing before the Board.
  We cannot guarantee this is the most up-to-date version of this code section. Please refer to the Arizona Code for the most accurate information.
The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy does allow for licensure by reciprocity for pharmacists if licensed in another state/territory. The applicant must: 
  • Complete and submit the NABP Application for Licensure Transfer
    • Register and prepay for the Arizona MPJE testing
  • Complete the Application for Pharmacist Licensure by Reciprocity form and submit a $500.00 application fee 
  • Submit a copy of a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card
    • If the applicant is a Arizona resident, they may apply online through the Department of Public Safety’s website. On the application, select the Regular Application – Paid Employee, and then select the Board of Pharmacy – Licensure.
    • If the applicant is NOT an Arizona resident, they must contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) for an application packet
  • If applicable:
    • Submit copies of court documentation related to any criminal arrests/charges/convictions 
    • Submit copies of documentation relating to any past, current or pending disciplinary action of any professional license or denial of licensure
  • Take and pass the Arizona MPJE after the application has been approved 

The Arizona 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 October 31 of the assigned expiration year.

A pharmacist license may be obtained through examination or reciprocity. To obtain licensure via examination, the applicant must:
  • Complete an Application for Pharmacist Licensure form and submit a $250.00 application fee
  • Submit a copy of a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card
    • If the applicant is a Arizona resident, they may apply online through the Department of Public Safety’s website. On the application, select the Regular Application – Paid Employee, and then select the Board of Pharmacy – Licensure.
    • If the applicant is NOT an Arizona resident, they must contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) for an application packet
  • If applicable:
    • Submit copies of court documentation related to any criminal arrests/charges/convictions 
    • Submit copies of documentation relating to any past, current or pending disciplinary action of any professional license or denial of licensure
  • Register and prepay fees for the NAPLEX and MPJE
    • The NABP will send an Authorization to Test (ATT)

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Arizona CE Requirements For Pharmacy Technicians

Arizona-licensed pharmacy technicians must renew their licenses biennially to maintain the right to practice. Renewal applications are due by October 31 with a renewal fee of $72.   Additionally, pharmacy technicians will be required to maintain national certification through a program such as the PTCB. CPhT Certificants must complete 20 CE hours every 2 years to renew. Applicants must complete and submit their application by the appropriate deadline, which corresponds to the initial day of the certification expiration month.

The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy requires a minimum of 20 continuing education hours every year. The CE requirement must be fulfilled by the renewal date of October 31. Additionally, technicians will be expected to keep up their national certification from PTCB. This requires 20 CE hours every 2 years to renew as well.

Arizona Biennial Continuing Education Requirements

Total Hours20
General 17
Opioid/controlled substance3

Additional CE Requirements

  • If the technician is employed as a remote dispensing pharmacy technician, 2 additional CE hours are required in remote dispensing site pharmacy practices.
  • If the technician is employed as a verification technician, 4 CE hours are required in patient safety.

PTCB Biennial Continuing Education Requirements

Total Hours20
General 18
Pharmacy Law1
Patient Safety1

*A maximum of 5 CE hours are allowed to be pharmacist-specific.

To become a registered pharmacy technician, the applicant must:
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit an application for Pharmacy Technician Trainee Registration and pay a $25 application fee
    • Provide proof of legal residency and birth date
    • Provide a copy of a government-issued photo ID
  • Complete Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification 
  • Submit an application for Pharmacy Technician Registration 
    • Provide proof of legal residency and birth date
    • Provide a copy of a government-issued photo ID
    • Provide proof of passing the PTCB or ExCPT exam
    • Provide a copy of a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • If applicable:
    • Submit copies of court documentation related to any criminal arrests/charges/convictions 
    • Submit copies of documentation relating to any past, current or pending disciplinary action of any professional license or denial of licensure

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