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Tina in the city in New York, New York

55 months ago

Michelle in Naples, Florida said: I have read these comments stating no experience, do you mean that you attended a program and this is a first job? Or you are being hired in as a "tech" off the street and are receiving on the job training? I guess what I'm trying to find out is do you have to go through formal training as a pharmacy technician to work for CVS?

You have read my mind, was wondering the same. No one is mentioning if they went to school for this. I see lots of schools for this training. I doubt they hire off the street to work around controlled substances, without formal training? Could someone who works for CVS or any drugstore clarify this for us?

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hokie196 in Glen Allen, Virginia

43 months ago

Nicole in Nashville, Tennessee said: I was hired right off the street with absolutely no training or knowledge of pharmacy. You mostly get on the job training.

How exactly did you get the job? Did you just walk in and ask to speak to the Pharmacist?

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Ginny in Holden, Massachusetts

34 months ago

Ginny in Holden, Massachusetts said: I was thinking of applying but one employee told me the pay was not good. It is less than what I am making at my part time job. When I went recently to pick up a prescription the order was done wrong and I had to wait for it to be redone. I had to tell them the error was their fault. I usually get a 90-day supply because of insurance. The employee somehow did not fill it with 90 pills. I asked if they didn't have enough to fill the order. Normally they get the order right.

I am not in Holden and do not know how to change it.

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Kekka in Dayton, Texas

30 months ago

They can hire you to be a Pharmacy Cashier to start off with out any prior experience. You have to register with the state board and receive your Tech in Training license and you have about 2 years to study on your own (Many techs do this, as there are many great books out there to review for taking your cert test.)
On the job training is very helpful as well. You can take Tech classes too, but again, there are many books out there that will help you ace the test the first time. IF YOU ARE DEDICATED.

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nc_pharm_tech in Charlotte, North Carolina

29 months ago

RD in Rocklin, California said: After submitting the application online, those of you that got hired, after how long did you guys receive a call for an interview? Did you guys contact CVS Pharmacy after applying or they just called you guys in for an interview? I really want to work here for about year so that I can gain experience, and can get into a hospital . I want to be a pharmacist in the future. Please give me some pointers so I have better chances of getting in.

I finished my class in December '12, and I think I applied almost immediately, then got certified in January, and was hired in March '13.
I think what worked in my favor is my store is very VERY busy...and possibly there were some people who left that their positions needed filling.

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abrams92 in Queensbury, New York

28 months ago

RD in Rocklin, California said: After submitting the application online, those of you that got hired, after how long did you guys receive a call for an interview? Did you guys contact CVS Pharmacy after applying or they just called you guys in for an interview? I really want to work here for about year so that I can gain experience, and can get into a hospital . I want to be a pharmacist in the future. Please give me some pointers so I have better chances of getting in.

I did the online application and got a call the next day.

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jyoung05 in Knightdale, North Carolina

26 months ago

Michelle in Naples, Florida said: I have read these comments stating no experience, do you mean that you attended a program and this is a first job? Or you are being hired in as a "tech" off the street and are receiving on the job training? I guess what I'm trying to find out is do you have to go through formal training as a pharmacy technician to work for CVS ?

Yes cvs will train the technicians at least thats what I was told.

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bun in Ferrum, Virginia

25 months ago

How extensive are the drugs tests they do? I used to be a daily marijuana user but will be be 2-3 months clean when I plan on applying. Will this prevent me from being hired as a tech trainee?

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me in Clovis, California

21 months ago

Michelle in Naples, Florida said: I have read these comments stating no experience, do you mean that you attended a program and this is a first job? Or you are being hired in as a "tech" off the street and are receiving on the job training? I guess what I'm trying to find out is do you have to go through formal training as a pharmacy technician to work for CVS ?

they can just hire you off the street and grandfather you in and train you as you go then you can take state test to get license and that's it or you can take national test too... the National test is good cause when you relocate you can work anywhere state is basically just where you are cant work anywhere else

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Sana Shafiuddin in Glendale Heights, Illinois

21 months ago

Going to school for a pharmacy technician program is a total waste of time and money, unless you want a very formal training for the PTCB preparation. Those schools won't tell you that you can apply for a Pharmacy Tech license by yourself online as long as you have high school diploma. THAT'S IT. Then you apply at Walgreens or CVS and they will train and hire you. No wonder my community college removed the program years ago.

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Yass in Hyattsville, Maryland

20 months ago

Hello Everyone,
I just have a short question, I am a foreign pharmacy graduate and want to work in CVS as a pharmacy technician. And hence applied for the position online but i heard that CVS has a policy that does not hire pharmacists as a technicians. So please anyone keen to respond to me.

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mike mike mike in charleston, South Carolina

20 months ago

I started out at $11/hr being certified

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Heather in Reidsville, North Carolina

18 months ago

Yes they do train in store.you will also jave classes.

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CJ Orr in Beardstown, Illinois

16 months ago

HOw do you get hired at cvs? I have applied and applied.

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StupidCat in Winston Salem, North Carolina

12 months ago

mike mike mike in charleston, South Carolina said: I started out at $11/ hr being certified

In NC 3 years ago I started at minimum wage, now they're starting at $8/hr with no experience and upping you to $10/hr after your training.

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BBCC in Minneapolis, Minnesota

10 months ago

Yass in Hyattsville, Maryland said: Hello Everyone,
I just have a short question, I am a foreign pharmacy graduate and want to work in CVS as a pharmacy technician. And hence applied for the position online but i heard that CVS has a policy that does not hire pharmacists as a technicians. So please anyone keen to respond to me.

you're overqualified hun

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Misyk8 in Saint Louis, Missouri

9 months ago

I have my license and experience anyone know the pay range

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Tom King, RPh of QuickTestPrep.com in Dallas, Texas

9 months ago

In urine, marijuana is detectable for up to 100 days. In blood, it is detectable for up to 7 days. The most common test is the urine test. However, some employers also do a blood test. Other tests are also possible such as hair and saliva, but I've never heard of any pharmacy using these testing methods.

You said, "2-3 months clean," so why the big range? What is the exact number of days that you've been clean? Think. 100 days is good to go while anything less than this would put you at risk of not getting the job. If you have been clean for only 7 days or less, then forget about it. You'll have a 100% chance of being busted. 100 days clean is 0% chance of being busted while anything between 7 days and 100 days is a crap shoot.

Please stay clean and sober. A pharmacist can tell if you're high just from looking at you. Pharmacy is a very small world. Many of the pharmacists in town know each other because they go to all the same drug company sponsored shindigs in nice restaurants to get their CE credits. Once you've been busted in one of the pharmacies in town, I can guarantee you that none of the pharmacies in town will hire you.

Good luck on your job search :-)

bun in Ferrum, Virginia said: How extensive are the drugs tests they do? I used to be a daily marijuana user but will be be 2-3 months clean when I plan on applying. Will this prevent me from being hired as a tech trainee?

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Tom King, RPh of QuickTestPrep.com in Dallas, Texas

9 months ago

If you live in the city, are experienced, and nationally certified in Missouri, then the pay range is $12.73 to $17.73, depending on who you work for, shift and position you'll be working.

I invite you to play with the following pharmacy technician salary calculator ( www.quicktestprep.com/pharmacy-technician-salary.html ) in order to find out exactly what your future pay will be for every position you are applying to. Remember, you can always negotiate for higher pay and it always helps to know how much you are really worth before you start negotiating.

Misyk8 in Saint Louis, Missouri said: I have my license and experience anyone know the pay range

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Eric in Minneapolis, Minnesota

6 months ago

I started working with Target as a pharmacy tech, and have since transitioned into a CVS. I just wanted to comment to reiterate as much as possible to anyone that you should not at any cost go to school for this. I basically transferred from sales floor to the pharmacy without any knowledge whatsoever to start as a cashier at $9.

After 6 months I became a tech making $14.50 an hour, which I never expected after hearing how awful other places are with pay. I'm still learning certain aspects, but it's straight on the job training and I seem to learn something new everyday with all the medications.

I guess I consider myself lucky with the situation im in falling into a 2nd job with pretty decent pay that I never expected. It's nothing special if you want this to be your full time job for the rest of your life. Depending on your location, then it might be ok. It helps us being right next to a hospital.

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Zana S. in Warner Robins, Georgia

4 months ago

Sana Shafiuddin in Glendale Heights, Illinois said: Going to school for a pharmacy technician program is a total waste of time and money, unless you want a very formal training for the PTCB preparation. Those schools won't tell you that you can apply for a Pharmacy Tech license by yourself online as long as you have high school diploma. THAT'S IT. Then you apply at Walgreens or CVS and they will train and hire you. No wonder my community college removed the program years ago.

I agree I live in Ga and don't have any experience at all. I paid $100 for my Georgia board of pharmacy application, $36.25 for my background check I sent my application through ups which had it received to the board that next morning. With a clean record I was approved and had my licence issued out that same week. I went to my cvs interview before I was approved and made sure I applied for my registration first. I was hired and was told I don't have to take the exam if I don't want to but I'm doing it anyways so I can get paid more I'm only getting paid $10.25 an hour plus CVS pays for whatever I need including the exam fee. Taking a pharmacy tech class is pointless!

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Headrick1984 in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

1 month ago

Ginny in Holden, Massachusetts said: I am not in Holden and do not know how to change it.

I have worked for CVS for almost 7 years and I'm only getting $11.35!!! If you want to get experience, it's a great job. Past that? Go to a hospital to get more money in the field.

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