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Approved dispensing assistant courses

Current dispensing assistant training involves completing a GPhC-recognised qualification or a GPhC-accredited training programme.

For more information on the GPhC's accreditation and recognition process, please see Approval process for education and training providers.

Recognised qualifications

The GPhC recognises the qualifications provided by the following awarding bodies:

City & Guilds

Current recognition period: ongoing

Pearsons/Edexcel

Current recognition period: ongoing

Accredited programme providers

The following organisations are currently accredited by the GPhC to provide dispensing assistant training courses. The courses provided by these organisations are undertaken by distance learning and contain equivalent content required to meet the knowledge and understanding associated with one or more units of the Level 2 NVQ pharmacy services skills.

Some course providers have been accredited to offer variations of their dispensing assistant training course to provide training to suit those individuals whose role does not cover the full range of duties of a dispensing assistant. For more information on any of the accredited courses listed below please contact the course provider directly.

Click on the provider name in the list below to see more about the courses they offer, their accreditation status and the latest accreditation reports.


Boots UK

Dispensing Assistant

Current accreditation period: Feb 2014 - Feb 2017

Pharmacy Advisor

Current accreditation period: May 2015 - May 2018

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Buttercups Training

Dispensing Assistant

Current accreditation period: Sep 2014 - Sep 2017

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CIG Healthcare Partnership

Pharmacy Assistant

Current accreditation period: May 2016 - May 2019

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National Pharmacy Association (NPA)

Dispensing Assistant

Current accreditation period: Sep 2014 - Sep 2017

Delivering Medicines Safely and Effectively

Current accreditation period: Sep 2014 - Sep 2017

Introduction to Pharmacy Stock Control

Current accreditation period: Sep 2014 - Sep 2017

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Scientia Skills

Dispensing Assistant

Current accreditation period: Nov 2015 - Nov 2018

Looking After Dispensary Stock

Current accreditation period: Nov 2015 - Nov 2018

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