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How do you become a Pharmacy Technician?

You will need to find employment as a Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician. Many hospital pharmacy departments run training programmes that usually last for 2 years. These are generally advertised in the spring/summer in either local press publications, local hospital trust websites or on NHS jobs and they usually start in the autumn. Community pharmacies, the chemist shop in the high street, also employ trainees.

Once you are working as a trainee pharmacy technician, you will receive on-the-job training from your employer, which will be combined with working towards a national qualification. This consists of a:

The knowledge course will either be studied, as day-release or block release, at a local college or by distance learning depending on the employer. You will study a variety of topics such as human physiology, disease management, actions and uses of medicines, pharmacy manufacturing and pharmacy law.

For the QCF in Pharmacy Service Skills you will produce a portfolio of work related evidence that demonstrates how you work within the pharmacy setting and how you apply pharmacy knowledge. The Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician could be a healthcare apprentice working within an advanced apprenticeship.