BASIC REQUIREMENTS (at the GS 2 level):
a. Citizenship. Citizen
of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to
recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph
3g, this part.)
b. Education or Experience. A
high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.
c. Certification. Certification
by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at
grades GS-6 and above.
d. Physical Requirements. See
VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
e. English Language Proficiency.
Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be
proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section
D, paragraph 5a, this part.
(a) Education or Experience.
Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading
to a bachelors degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses
related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent
specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while
serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the
1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; or at least 1 year of
experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies
(KSAs) described at the GS-4 level.
(c) Assignments. This is
the full performance level for pharmacy technicians. Employees at this grade
level serve as staff pharmacy technicians receiving little guidance from more
experienced staff members for more complex patients and procedures, and require
(a) Experience. One year
experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next
lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following
technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs
designated by an asterisk (*):
(b) Certification. PTCB
certification is required at this grade level and above.
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge,
Skills, and Abilities
1. Ability to solve problems
and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for
2. Knowledge of the operation
and care of automated equipment.
3. Knowledge of, and ability to
follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for
hazardous materials such as oncology agents.
4. Knowledge, and ability to
perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.
5. Knowledge of policies and
procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency
6. Knowledge of the
computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input
prescriptions and medication orders.
(d) Assignments. Pharmacy
technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded
distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for
specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more
highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy
specialists. For all assignments above the full performance level, the
higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty),
and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : For the full qualification standards, see VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G28 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.
Physical Requirements: Walking, stooping, bending, stretching, pushing carts, carrying light loads, visual acuity to read prescriptions and medications, physical ability to type on computer.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.