New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician - Core) (Level 4)


This programme is delivered fully online. Watch our video to see what online study with Open Polytechnic is like.

If you’re employed as a trainee pharmacy technician in a community or hospital pharmacy, or would like to be, this is the qualification that you need in order to dispense medicines under the direct personal supervision of a pharmacist.

It will also enable you to support the provision of safe, patient-centred healthcare.

Vaccination Information

This programme of study has practical components that require access to a workplace covered under the Government’s COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021.

Visit the COVID-19 page of our website for more information on how the Government mandate on COVID-19 vaccinations for some sectors may affect completion of the practical components of your study programme.

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What you will learn

  • Work ethically and professionally within the Pharmacy Council Code of Ethics as relevant to Pharmacy Technicians
  • Apply appropriate communication techniques to inform customers/patients on health related matters
  • Apply all legislation and regulations as appropriate to Pharmacy Technicians
  • Dispense and reconstitute medicines under the direct supervision of a pharmacist
  • Provide advice and guidance on the use of dispensed medicines
  • Apply knowledge of medicines as they relate to the treatment of a range of common health disorders
  • Manage dispensary stock and inventory using appropriate environmental and storage requirements
  • Perform calculations as appropriate to dispensing.

Study pathways

This is an introductory qualification and will allow graduates to progress into the following Open Polytechnic programme: