Pharmacist pre-registration training scheme

Training to become a pharmacist in Great Britain involves learning, understanding and demonstrating how to deliver the safe and effective patient-centred care which patients and the public expect from pharmacy professionals.

We set out the outcomes we expect trainee pharmacists to meet in standard 10 of Future Pharmacists: standards for initial education and training of pharmacists.

Meeting these outcomes form part of the overall criteria for registration as a pharmacist.

Preparing to become a pharmacist

Pre-registration is an important step in the journey to become a pharmacist. What do we expect trainees to demonstrate, and how do we measure this?

See the progression to becoming a registered pharmacist:

Progression to becoming a registered pharmacist diagram

As part of our work to assure the initial education and training of pharmacists, we coordinate and run the GPhC pharmacist pre-registration scheme. The scheme uses both individual work-based assessment and a national examination to test trainees’ abilities to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to provide safe and effective care as a pharmacist.

The pharmacy pre- registration scheme is made up of:

  • a pre-registration training placement: under the supervision of a tutor, trainees spend at least 52 weeks in an approved training site, developing their practice to meet a range of performance standards. Their progress is guided by and verified by their tutor, using progress reviews set out in the GPhC pre-registration manual.
  • a registration assessment: trainees sit an assessment which tests specific knowledge and skills set out in the assessment framework. Trainees must demonstrate that they are making sufficient progress to meet all the performance standards by the end of their placement to be eligible to sit the registration assessment

Click here if you are looking to apply to start the pharmacist pre-registration scheme