Virginia CE Requirements
For Pharmacists

Last Updated: January 1, 2022

License Deadline: 12/31/2022

15 Hours

  • 12 General
  • 3 Live

  

License Deadline: 12/31/2022

5 Hours

  • 5 General
 

45 Hours

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

15 Hours

  • 2 General
  • 3 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

Virginia Board of Pharmacy

Virginia CE Requirements For Pharmacists

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

The renewal period is between January 1 and December 31. If you are newly licensed after October 1, you do not need to renew your license until December 31 of the following year. However, if you were licensed before October 1, you will need to complete all 15 hours of approved CE by December 31 of the year in which you were licensed.

Annual Continuing Education Requirements
General Hours12
Live Hours3
Total Hours Required15
Can I get CE credit for serving as a preceptor for a pharmacy student or resident in an accredited school or program?

Yes. You have to complete the form located on the Virginia Board of Pharmacy website under “Forms and Applications.” Keep the completed form in your records for two years following your renewal in case your CE is audited.

Can I get CE credit for volunteering at a free clinic or local health department?

Yes. Up to 2 contact hours of the required 15 contact hours can be satisfied through delivery of free pharmacy services to low-income individuals through a local health department or a free clinic organized completely or primarily for those services to be delivered. 1 hour of continuing education may be credited for 3 hours of providing volunteer services, as documented by the health department or free clinic on the Continuing Education (CE) Credit Form for Volunteer Practice located on the Virginia Board of Pharmacy website. These credit hours can be used toward the live CE requirement.

May I carry my extra hours over to next year?

No. Virginia law does not allow the carryover of continuing education hours into the next calendar year.

Can I obtain an extension?

Yes. You can potentially get a one-time extension if you make a request to the Board in writing prior to renewing. Any additional extensions will only be granted if good cause is shown.

Pharmacists can track their completed CE credits on NABP CPE Monitor, a collaborative service from NABP and ACPE. To get credit for ACPE-approved CE, you’ll need to receive an ID number from CPE Monitor through www.nabp.pharmacy. You must report all ACPE-approved continuing pharmaceutical education to CPE Monitor within 60 days of course completion.

54.1-3314.1. Continuing education requirements; exemptions; extensions; procedures; out-of-state licensees; nonpractice licenses.


A. Each pharmacist shall have obtained a minimum of 15 continuing education hours of pharmaceutical education through an approved continuing pharmaceutical education program during the year immediately preceding his license renewal date.

B. An approved continuing pharmaceutical education program shall be any program approved by the Board.

C. Pharmacists who have been initially licensed by the Board during the one year preceding the license renewal date shall not be required to comply with the requirement on the first license renewal date that would immediately follow.

D. The Board may grant an exemption from the continuing education requirement if the pharmacist presents evidence that failure to comply was due to circumstances beyond the control of the pharmacist.

E. Upon the written request of a pharmacist, the Board may grant an extension of one year in order for a pharmacist to fulfill the continuing education requirements for the period of time in question. Such extension shall not relieve the pharmacist of complying with the continuing education requirement for the current period.

F. The pharmacist shall attest to the fact that he has completed the continuing education requirements as specified by the Board.

G. The following shall apply to the requirements for continuing pharmaceutical education:

1. The provider of an approved continuing education program shall issue to each pharmacist who has successfully completed a program certification that the pharmacist has completed a specified number of hours.

2. The certificates so issued to the pharmacist shall be maintained by the pharmacist for a period of two years following the renewal of his license.

3. The pharmacist shall provide the Board, upon request, with certification of completion of continuing education programs in a manner to be determined by the Board.

H. Pharmacists who are also licensed in other states and who have obtained a minimum of fifteen hours of approved continuing education requirements of such other states need not obtain additional hours.

I. The Board shall provide for an inactive status for those pharmacists who do not wish to practice in Virginia. The Board shall require upon request for change from inactive to active status proof of continuing education hours as specified in regulations. No person shall practice in Virginia unless he holds a current active license.

J. As part of the annual 15-hour requirement, the Board may require up to two hours of continuing education in a specific subject area. If the Board designates a subject area for continuing education, it shall publish such requirement no later than January 1 of the calendar year for which the specific continuing education is required.

(1992, c. 868; 2008, c. 672.)

This is the latest version of Rule: 54.1-3314.1. as of July 1, 2022. Please refer to the Code of Virginia for the most updated information.

To get a pharmacist license in Virginia by reciprocity (also called “licensure by endorsement” or “license transfer”) you must complete the licensure transfer application process through the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Your educational credentials, licensure status, and any possible disciplinary action will be reviewed to ensure they comply with Virginia’s requirements. You must then complete the online pharmacist application and submit payment. As of July 1, 2016, Virginia is a participant of the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE). You can apply for the Virginia MPJE on the NABP website while waiting for your applications to be approved. Once the Board approves this application, you can register for the MPJE. More information about this process can be found in the Virginia Board of Pharmacy Guidance Documents: Guidance Document 110-2 and the Pharmacist Timeline by Endorsement.

If you are a graduate of a foreign school of pharmacy, refer to Guidance Document 110-17.

As a prerequisite for license renewal, Pharmacists in Virginia must complete 15 contact hours of continuing education (CE) per year, 3 of which must be live.

There are two routes to licensure in Virginia: through examination and through endorsement. For complete information on how to apply for a license in Virginia, refer to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy Guidance Document 110-2.

Finding engaging, affordable online live CE is important for pharmacists in Virginia, 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 Virginia Board of Pharmacy requires 3 contact hours of live CE per calendar year. Traditionally, pharmacists can earn live CE through in-person seminars or meetings. However, 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 Virginia are required to earn 15 hours of CE credit annually, 3 of which must be live or real-time interactive programs. In order for an activity to be valid, the CE provider must satisfy the criteria of the Virginia 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 annual renewal 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 subject areas from drug therapy to cultural competency. Explore our packages here.

Virginia CE Requirements For Pharmacy Technicians

Annual Continuing Education Requirements
Total Hours Required5

You must meet the following requirements to be registered as a pharmacy technician with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy:

  1. You must have completed a pharmacy technician training program that falls into one of the following categories:
    1. A program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
    2. An accredited training program operated through the Department of Education’s (DOE) Career and Technical Education program
    3. A program run by a federal agency or branch of the military
    4. A program accredited by a board-approved accreditation body
  2. You must have successfully passed a national certification examination administered by PTCB or NHA.
Helpful links:
  • For the Virginia Board of Pharmacy’s online application, click here.
  • For information regarding the ExCPT exam, click here.
  • For information about gaining a certification from PTCB, click here.
  • For information regarding ASHP/ACPE accreditation, click here.

The renewal period is between January 1 and December 31.

Finding engaging, affordable, and approved online CE is important for pharmacy technicians in Virginia, but it can be difficult to find free courses that meet your professional needs. If you are looking for free, on-demand content, our freeCE FREE package could be perfect for you. However, you may prefer convenient, interactive, and test-free live CE. If so, you can unlock unlimited access to a huge catalog of online live CE 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.

Pharmacy technicians in Virginia have the option to complete their CE requirements in both live and 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 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, including a growing selection of activities designed specifically for pharmacy technicians. Explore our packages here.

Pharmacy technicians in Virginia are required to earn 5 hours of CE credit annually. 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 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 Virginia pharmacy technicians’ needs.

freeCE’s on-demand approved CE 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.

 

If you want a convenient way to earn your CE fast, explore freeCE’s packages here.

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