New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Community Pharmacy Assistant) - Level 4

Enrolling now for July!

Thinking about starting your career in the pharmacy sector…this is the qualification for you!

Our Community Pharmacy Assistant programme teaches you all of the necessary skills needed to help customers with over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and pharmacy products and services. You’ll gain the skills needed to provide non-dispensing support under the supervision of a pharmacist.

You will be equipped with skills, knowledge and attributes that will help you become an effective Community Pharmacy Assistant.

Course Content

You will learn how to:

  • Provide appropriate advice on over-the-counter (OTC) health related products and services to manage minor health complaints and to optimise patient health
  • Develop and practice personal presentation, customer service and communication skills for effective assistance in a community pharmacy 
  • Undertake all retail operations within the pharmacy
  • Develop key skills required to lead and support teams within the pharmacy

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should have successfully completed year 12 or equivalent as a guideline
  • Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 5.5 or NZQA approved equivalent

Qualifications Awarded

  • New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Community Pharmacy Assistant) - Level 4
  • New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Introduction to Pharmacy Practice) - Level 3

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Career Opportunities

This qualification will enable you to work as a Community Pharmacy Assistant and could lead to employment in retail management, supervisory or non-dispensary health related roles. 

2017 Intake Dates

  • 10 July 2017


33 weeks including 3 weeks of holiday


This course is offered at our North Shore (Auckland) campus.

Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $4,800.00*
  • Compulsory course costs: $150.00*

*Indicative costs

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Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink.