Louisiana CE Requirements

Last Updated: January 1, 2022

License Deadline: 12/31/2022

15 Hours

  • 3 Live
  • 12 General

License Deadline: 6/30/2023

10 Hours

  • 10 General
 

Louisiana Board of Pharmacy

LOUISIANA CE Requirements For Pharmacists

All Board credentials can be renewed online through the Online Services Portal during the annual renewal cycle.

If your license expired 30 days (or fewer) ago, you can submit a paper renewal application. If your license expired more than 30 days ago, you must pursue reinstatement by sending a written request to the Board office. The board will then give you further instructions

Louisiana Board of Pharmacy Licensees must renew their licenses annually to maintain the right to practice. The annual renewal period is from November 1 to December 31. Licenses that have not been renewed within this period will expire on December 31.

Annual Continuing Education Requirements
Required Subject Area Required Number of Hours
General Hours 12
Live Hours 3

Or

Required Subject Area Required Number of Hours
General Hours 20

Louisiana Board of Pharmacy licenses must keep track of their completed continuing pharmacy education, or “CPE,” activities via CPE Monitor, an electronic system provided by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Chapter 5. Pharmacists – §507. Continuing Education Program

A. The board, recognizing that professional competency is a safeguard for the health, safety, and welfare of the public, shall require continuing pharmacy education as a prerequisite for annual licensure renewal for pharmacists.

B. Definitions.
1. ACPE – Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
2. CPE – continuing pharmacy education, a structured postgraduate educational program for pharmacists to enhance professional competence.
3. CPE Monitor – a collaborative service from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) that provides an electronic system for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to record and track their completed CPE activities.
4. CPE Unit – a standard of measurement adopted by the ACPE for the purpose of accreditation of CPE programs. One CPE unit is equivalent to 10 credit hours.

C. Requirements.
1. A minimum of 1 1/2 ACPE or board-approved CPE units, or 15 hours, shall be required each year as a prerequisite for pharmacist licensure renewal. Of this number, no less than 3/10 ACPE or board- approved CPE units, or three hours, shall be acquired through live presentations, as designated by ACPE or the board. Alternatively, should a pharmacist choose to not acquire at least 3/10 ACPE or board- approved CPE units, or three hours, through live presentations, then he shall acquire an additional 5/10 ACPE or board-approved CPE units, or five hours, through any other acceptable method, over and above the minimum requirement, for a total of two ACPE or board-approved CPE units, or 20 hours.
2. Pharmacists shall maintain individual records of personal CPE activities with CPE Monitor and shall authorize the board’s access to their file by recording their Louisiana pharmacist license number within that file, and shall present a copy of their CPE Monitor transcript when requested by the board.
3. When deemed appropriate and necessary by the board, some or all of the required number of hours may be mandated on specific subjects. When so deemed, the board shall notify all licensed pharmacists prior to the beginning of the year in which the CPE is required.
4. When deemed appropriate and necessary by the board, the number of hours to be acquired through live presentations as designated by ACPE or the board may be increased. When so deemed, the board shall notify all licensed pharmacists prior to the beginning of the year in which the CPE is required.

D. Compliance.
1. Complete compliance with CPE rules is a prerequisite for pharmacist licensure renewal.
2. Non-compliance with the CPE requirements shall be considered a violation of R.S. 37:1241(A)(2), and shall constitute a basis for the board to refuse licensure renewal.
3. The failure to maintain an individual record of personal CPE activities, or falsification of CPE documents, shall be considered a violation of R.S. 37:1241(A)(22).

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 37:1182.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Department of Health and Hospitals, Board of Pharmacy, LR 14:708 (October 1988), effective January 1, 1989, amended LR 23:1306 (October 1997), LR 29:2083 (October 2003), effective January 1, 2004, LR 33:1125 (June 2007), amended by the Department of Health, Board of Pharmacy, LR 46:569 (April 2020).

We cannot guarantee this is the most up-to-date version of this rule. Please refer to the Louisiana Administrative Code for the most accurate information.

Pharmacists in Louisiana must complete continuing education during each annual cycle to qualify for license renewal. There are two options for satisfying the continuing education requirements:

Option One: Complete fifteen hours of ACPE or board-approved CE units, three of which must be live.
Option Two: Complete twenty hours of ACPE or board-approved CE units. This option does not include a live requirement.

There are two routes to licensure in Louisiana: through examination or through reciprocity. You can apply for a pharmacist license on the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy website.

Finding engaging, affordable online live CE is important for pharmacists in Louisiana, but it can be difficult to find what you need to meet your license renewal requirements. If you are looking for online live CE that covers topics including medication error and controlled substance CE, you can unlock unlimited access to 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.

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Because pharmacy technicians in Louisiana are not required to complete live CE credits, they have the option to fulfill their CE requirements with either live or on-demand formats. While many technicians enjoy the convenience of on-demand education, some prefer the interactive nature of live CE. If you find yourself wishing you could ask your instructor to explain a concept after their presentation or wishing you did not have to complete a post-test after each activity, you may find live CE is right for you.

Live CE is available in two formats, through in-person attendance at a meeting or seminar or through online webinars. 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.

 

Are you looking for online live CE? Look no further. freeCE has the most comprehensive webinar schedule around, including a growing selection of activities designed specifically for pharmacy technicians. Explore freeCE’s packages here.

Pharmacy technicians in Louisiana are required to earn 10 hours of CE credit annually. As an ACPE-accredited continuing education provider, freeCE can help you meet your 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 our catalog of pharmacy technician CE on a regular basis so you can not only meet your annual renewal requirements each cycle, but you can choose the activities which meet your professional needs. freeCE doesn’t just offer adequate training–we provide training that is educational and interesting in both live and on-demand formats. Explore freeCE’s packages here.

Pharmacy technicians often have busy schedules and need a way to earn CE credit whenever and wherever. If you need CE fast, freeCE’s comprehensive catalog of on-demand continuing education is perfect for you. When you buy a freeCE unlimited CE package, you get 24-7 access to hundreds of hours of on-demand CE, with plenty of options designed especially to meet Louisiana pharmacy technicians’ needs.

freeCE’s on-demand continuing education activities come in a variety of formats including:

Webcasts: These video activities are perfect for technicians who enjoy both auditory and visual activities. These activities have many of the benefits of live CE but are available 24-7.
Monographs: These written activities are a great way to earn credit at whatever pace fits your needs. If you learn best by reading, freeCE’s monograph library has many activities for you.
Express CE: These bite-sized activities are designed so you can earn 0.25 hours of CE in 15 minutes or less. Perfect for fitting into a busy schedule, these activities let you earn credit between your daily tasks.

 


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Chapter 9. Pharmacy Technicians – §909. Continuing Education

A. A minimum of one technician-specific ACPE or board-approved CPE unit, or 10 credit hours, shall be required each year as a prerequisite for annual renewal of a pharmacy technician certificate. Such CPE units shall be credited in the 12-month period prior to the expiration date of the certificate.

B. Certified pharmacy technicians shall maintain copies of their individual records of personal CPE activities with CPE Monitor and shall authorize the board’s access to their file by recording their Louisiana pharmacy technician certificate number within that file, and shall present a copy of their CPE Monitor transcript when requested by the board.

C. If judged appropriate by the board, some or all of the required number of hours may be mandated on specific subjects. When so deemed, the board shall notify all certified pharmacy technicians prior to the beginning of the renewal year in which the CPE is required.

D. Complete compliance with CPE rules is a prerequisite for renewal of a pharmacy technician certificate.
1. Non-compliance with the CPE requirements shall be considered a violation of R.S. 37:1241(A)(2) and shall constitute a basis for the board to refuse annual renewal.
2. The failure to maintain an individual record of personal CPE activities, or falsifying CPE documents, shall be considered a violation of R.S. 37:1241(A)(22).
3. The inability to comply with CPE requirements shall be substantiated by a written explanation, supported with extraordinary circumstances, and submitted to the board for consideration.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 37:1212.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Department of Health and Hospitals, Board of Pharmacy, LR 30:2487 (November 2004), effective January 1, 2005, amended LR 39:1778 (July 2013), amended by the Department of Health, Board of Pharmacy, LR 43:2498 (December 2017), effective January 1, 2018.

We cannot guarantee this is the most up-to-date version of this rule. Please refer to the Louisiana Administrative Code for the most accurate information.

Pharmacy Technicians in Louisiana must renew their certificates annually to maintain the right to practice. The annual renewal deadline is on June 30 of each year.

You must meet the following requirements to receive a pharmacy technician certificate in Louisiana:

You must be at least 18 years old
You must be of good moral character and non-impaired
You must demonstrate one of the following educational competences:
Successful completion of a nationally-accredited and board-approved pharmacy technician training program
Acquisition of at least 600 hours of practical experience under the supervision of a pharmacist
At least 1 year of experience practicing as a pharmacy technician in another state in which you were credentialed by that state’s board of pharmacy
You must have successfully completed a board-approved technician examination

Annual Continuing Education Requirements
Required Subject Area Required Number of Hours
General Hours 12
Live Hours 3
Or
Required Subject Area Required Number of Hours
General Hours 20
Annual Continuing Education Requirements
Required Subject AreaRequired Number of Hours
General Hours12
Live Hours3

Or

Required Subject AreaRequired Number of Hours
General Hours20

The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy requires 3 hours of live CE per year (unless you elect to complete 5 additional hours of CE). Traditionally, pharmacists can earn live CE through in-person seminars or meetings. However, in the state of Louisiana, 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 CEIn 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.

Because pharmacy technicians in Louisiana are not required to complete live CE credits, they have the option to fulfill their CE requirements with either live or on-demand formats. While many technicians enjoy the convenience of on-demand education, some prefer the interactive nature of live CE. If you find yourself wishing you could ask your instructor to explain a concept after their presentation or wishing you did not have to complete a post-test after each activity, you may find live CE is right for you.

Live CE is available in two formats, through in-person attendance at a meeting or seminar or through online webinars. 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 CEIn 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, including a growing selection of activities designed specifically for pharmacy technicians. Explore freeCE’s packages here.

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