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

Qualification code OP1888

If you’re employed as a trainee pharmacy technician in a community or hospital pharmacy, this programme will give you the skills to dispense medicines under the direct personal supervision of a pharmacist, and support the provision of safe, patient-centred healthcare. This Level 4 qualification is the minimum qualification that you need to have to be able to work as a pharmacy technician.

Once you've completed this programme, you'll achieve both the New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Introduction to Pharmacy Practice) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician) (Level 4).

  • Level 4  
    Credits 115 
  • Workload

    For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher near assessment due dates.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $3,600 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

This programme is delivered online.

Once you’ve completed this programme you will be able to:

  • work ethically and professionally within the Pharmacy Council Code of Ethics as relevant to pharmacy technicians
  • use appropriate communication techniques to inform customers/patients on health related matters
  • apply and work within 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 including drug dosing and drug interactions
  • understand the use 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
  • complete calculations appropriate to dispensing.

Career opportunities

This qualification will enable you to work as a pharmacy technician in a community or hospital pharmacy. This is also a base qualification that will prepare you for higher level study in pharmacy with other tertiary providers.

Study Pathway

Once you have completed this programme, you may be interested in studying towards the new Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician) (Level 5). 

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

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Assessment and exam

You will complete online written assessments and some workplace tasks that require verification by your pharmacist. All courses are internally assessed with no examination.

Information about assessment

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