Pharmacy Assistant Training Course - Level 3 CPD Accredited

Oplex Careers


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Study method
Online, self-paced
90 hours
No formal qualification
90 CPD hours / points
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students

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The online Pharmacy Assistant Training Course from Oplex Careers aims to provide great insight into the skills and knowledge related to working in the role of a pharmacy assistant, supporting the pharmacist, and more.


90 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

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The online Pharmacy Assistant Training Course will provide learners with a strong understanding into working as a pharmacy assistant and the skills and knowledge required to do this effectively and confidently. This course will discuss the key skills and knowledge related to the role of a pharmacy assistant, how to get into the field, the future of this industry and more.

This course will provide a great insight into the role of the pharmacy assistant with the use of practical examples throughout the course. Whether working in the medical field, you want to get started working in this field, looking for more training in the field, or just interested in this field of study, this course will cover a range of modules and provide multiple examples for assessment.

Course Syllabus

The Pharmacy Assistant Training Course is split into the following modules:

    • Introduction to Basic Functions

• Role of the Pharmacy Assistant
• Where do PTs Work?
• Becoming a Pharmacy Technician
• Pharmacy Technicians and the Associated Career Options

    • Current and Future Roles of Pharmacy Technicians

• Background
• Primary Levels of Care
• Recognition and Regulation
• Current Research
• Survey Data
• Skills and Personal Qualities

    • Entry into the Profession and Job Description

• Job Description
• Entering into the Profession
• Career Progression
• Legal Duty to Reveal
• General Information

    • The History of Pharmacology

• Pharmacology in Antiquity
• Magical Medicine
• Modernising Medicine
• Natural Medicine
• Timeline of Pharmaceutical Developments
• Keeping Up-to-Date

    • Service Skills Required for a Pharmacy Technician

• Personal Traits
• Task-Related Skills
• General Tips and Hints

    • Preparing and Assembling Prescription Items

• What is a Prescription?
• The Dispensing Cycle
• Additional Tips and Hints

    • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

• What is a Standard Operating Procedure?
• Why Standard Operating Procedures are Useful
• Standard Operating Procedures in Practise
• Examples of Standard Operating Procedures

    • Customer Skills

• Core Customer Skills
• General Tips for Professional Customer Service

    • Promoting Health and Safety

• Background
• Planning
• Doing
• Checking
• Acting
• Stress in the Workplace
• Advice for Workplace Health and Safety

  • Final Assessment


To assess the learners ability and knowledge to effectively understand the topics contained within the Pharmacy Assistant Training Course, the course features a number of end of module interactive quiz questions.

Additionally, at the end of the course learners will also take an online multiple choice assessment test. This online multiple choice test is marked automatically so you will receive an instant grade and know whether you have passed the course.


On successful completion of this course learners will be awarded with:

Level 3 CPD Award in Pharmacy Assistant Training

Upon completion of the course learners will be awarded with the Oplex Careers CPD certificate. The Certificate of Achievement will provide proof that you have studied the course and will contain your grade and classification level.

This certificate will be produced in PDF format, hard copies of the certificate will be available at an additional fee of £9.99.

Course Format

This course is delivered online through eLearning. Learners of the course will receive instant access to our interactive student learning portal, which offers 24/7 access to the Pharmacy Assistant Training Course.

Course Duration

The online Pharmacy Assistant Training Course requires 90 hours to complete the course in full. This is only a guide to the learning hours required and it depends on how quickly an individual can absorb the information. The learning is online so it can be spread out over multiple sessions or done in one session.

Learners will have access to this course for up to 12 months from the date of joining. There is no time limit to complete the course during this period.

Tutor Support

When you are studying a course it is always useful to know that you have the help and support of tutors that want you to succeed in your studies.

As part of the Pharmacy Assistant Training Course you will receive access to our dedicated tutor support service. The academic tutors will be able to provide you with unlimited online email support to help answer any questions that you may have whilst you are studying the course.

Course Compatibility

Our Pharmacy Assistant Training Course is fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone devices.

We know that more and more people are using the web whilst they are on the move, so we have designed this Pharmacy Assistant Training Course to be fully compatible across tablet and smartphone devices. You will be able to access the same content from the course, just over a 3G or 4G network whilst on the move.


There are no entry requirements necessary to join this course from Oplex Careers. Everyone is welcome to enrol on this online course and we wish you success in your studies.

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Daine asked:

is it the same as pharmacy dispenser?


This will cover duties involved with a pharmacy dispenser, although other areas of a Pharmacy Assistant will be covered. Thanks

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Danika asked:

Is there an exam at the end of this course?


Hi Danika, Yes, there is a final exam at the end of this course. Once you have passed your final exam you will receive a free PDF certificate which is also CPD accredited.

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Kimberly asked:

Hi I've been working pharmacy for the past 14 yrs I'd like to start studies in becoming a qualified pharmacy tech.Is this the right course for me


This course is CPD Accredited which is training related to professional development and is recognised by schools and employers across the UK. This is not equivalent to a formal qualification. Instead this course will introduce you into the field teaching practical skills that you could then use to support your CV and job applications.

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Yasmin asked:

Can you get a job as a pharmacy assistant after doing this course?


This course can certainly help with your CV and job applications, although this course alone will not guarantee one particular job. Once completed our team will email your accredited certificate to you, as part of your course, for you to use to support your professional portfolio. Hope this helps. Thanks

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A Fasogbon asked:

Is there oportunity to gain practical experience,for example through placement


This course is a stand alone online course, we only offer the course contents itself. If you want to do a work placement you would source this independently through your local pharmacy. I hope that helps.

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Fathima asked:

Any special requirements


There are no special entry requirements and everyone is welcome to join the course.

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farzana asked:

Hi, I have completed a medicine counter assistant course but wanted to move on to a dispensing assistant. Would you recommend this course??


This course would cover the role of a pharmacy assistant in full and we would recommend taking this course as well.

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Zana asked:

How long is the duration of this course?


You will have access to the course for 12 months, and the recommended learning hours are 90. The learning hours will depend on how quickly you can adsorb information and process that. I hope this helps.

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Martin asked:

Is there any other costs involved besides the course fee


Hi, The price you see today is a special offer one off price that will include everything you need to successfully complete your course. Including 12 months course access, the End of Module tests, the Final Assessment, and retake if needed, then of course your accredited certificate that is emailed to you on completion of your course. Once registered through Reed, our team will create your account and send over your login details to get started right away. Thanks!

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Christia asked:

Hi! Upon completion of this course, can I use it to apply for MPharm at a university


Hello Christia, CPD courses are recognised as professional training by schools and employers all over the UK. Our courses offer CPD points which can be added to university applications, but I suggest contacting the university to enquire whether they would accept this.

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Danika asked:

In terms of the student discount card isvthat for UK residents because it doesn’t seem like it. Also, how many times can I take the test?


Hi Danika, The student card we offer is available for UK residents as well as our international students. You can retake your final assessment as many times as you like at no additional fee.

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H asked:

What job will this course allow me to go for?


While the course itself does not guarantee one particular job, many of our learners use this course and certificate to support job applications as well as helping them move into further training required by their employer.

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Victoria asked:

I'm seeking a new career change working in a Pharmacy. I have no knowledge /experience. Is this a good course to get a foundation of the industry?


Hi, yes this course is great to help improve and develop your knowledge within the field. The course will be recognised as professional development and so is used by learners to help with job searching and/or to help them progress onto further training.

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Bev asked:

How many attempts are there for the multiple choice questions at the end of you don’t pass first time?


With our Exam Pass Guarantee, if you are unsuccessful in the first attempt at the final assessment, you can retake the final assessment test until you reach a grade you are happy with – free of charge! Hope this helps. Thanks!

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Katrina asked:

Hi, I don’t have any experience or qualifications in pharmacy but could I use this certificate to get a job as a pharmacy technician? Thanks.


This course is certainly aimed at those wanting learn more about working in a Pharmacy. While the course itself does not guarantee one particular job or getting onto a qualification, many of our learners use this course and certificate to help them move into further training required by their employer.

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Tina asked:

Hi Can this course be printed ?


You can access the course from any device with internet access so you can study on the go! This course in online only and cannot be downloaded or printed for offline use, although if you have a SmartPhone, Tablet, Laptop, Mac or PC you can enjoy this course. Thanks

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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