New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician) (Level 5)

Qualification code OP1889

If you have completed your New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician) at level 4 and you wish to continue with further learning this is the stepping stone to be able to do this.

A level 5 pharmacy technician qualification will give you extra knowledge and skills to advance further with study or hold a senior technician role. It will also enable you to further support the provision of safe, patient-centred healthcare.

Please note

You must have successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician) (Level 4) to be able to enrol in this qualification.

  • Level 5  
    Credits 65 
  • Workload

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

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $1,950 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.

When you achieve this pharmacy technician qualification you will be able to

  • Communicate appropriately and interact effectively with other health care professionals and their staff
  • Apply an advanced level of knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and medicines used in the treatment of health disorders
  • Understand how medicines work and affect body systems
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving processes to achieve appropriate 
  • Manage inventory and facilitate supply arrangements as appropriate to the pharmacy and its specific community. 

Verification of work-based tasks

During the online enrolment process, you will also be asked to download a Pharmacist Verification form. You will need to complete this with the pharmacist who will be responsible for assessing you on a number of work-based tasks.

Computer requirements

This qualification is delivered 100% online. To complete this qualification you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol. 

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 further study at Level 6 in pharmacy with another institution. 

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.

See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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