Approved courses and qualifications for pharmacy support staff

Current pharmacy support staff training involves completing a GPhC-recognised qualification or a GPhC-accredited training course.

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

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Recognised support staff qualifications

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

Pearsons/Edexcel

Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Support Staff (Qualification)

Current recognition period: Oct 2020 - Oct 2026

Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Support Staff (Qualification) report (Aug 2020)

The Pearson/Edexcel website can be found here

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Level 2 SVQ in Pharmacy Services at SCQF Level 5 (competence based) (GG07 22)

Current recognition period: ongoing

The SQA website can be found here

Accredited support staff courses

The GPhC accredits the following providers to offer support staff training courses:

Boots UK 

Dispensing Assistant

Current accreditation period: Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

Dispensing assistant reaccreditation report (Nov 2018)

Pharmacy Advisor

Current accreditation period: Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

Pharmacy advisor accreditation report (Nov 2018)

Dispensing Assistant Pharmacy Operative

Current accreditation period: Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

Pharmacy operative accreditation report (Nov 2018)

Medicines counter assistant

Current accreditation period: Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

Medicines counter assistant reaccreditation report (Nov 2018)

The Boots website can be found here

Buttercups Training

Dispensing Assistant and Delivery Driver

Current accreditation period: Nov 2018 - Nov 2021

Dispensing assistant reaccreditation report (Nov 2018)

Dispensing Assistant Assembly Hubs

Current accreditation period: Nov 2018 - Nov 2021

Dispensing Assistant Assembly Hubs derivative report (Nov 2018)

Dispensing/Pharmacy Assistant

Current accreditation period: Nov 2018 - Nov 2021

Dispensing/Pharmacy Assistant (Healthcare Assistant) report (Nov 2018)

Medicines counter assistant

Current accreditation period: Nov 2018 - Nov 2021

Medicines counter assistant reaccreditation report (Nov 2018)

The Buttercups website can be found here

CIG Healthcare Partnership

Pharmacy Assistant

Current accreditation period: July 2019 - July 2022

Pharmacy assistant raccreditation report (May 2019)

Medicines counter assistant (plus stock control)

Current accreditation period: July 2019 - July 2022

Medicines counter assistant (plus stock control) reaccreditation report (May 2019)

The CIG website can be found here

MediaPharm

Dispensing/Pharmacy Assistant

Current accreditation period: Sept 2018 - Sept 2021

Dispensing/Pharmacy Assistant accreditation report (Sept 2018)

Medicines counter assistant

Current accreditation period: Sept 2018 - Sept 2021

Medicines counter assistant reaccreditation report (July 2018)

The MediaPharm website can be found here

National Pharmacy Association (NPA)

Medicines Counter and Dispensing Assistant

Current accreditation period: Feb 2020 - Jan 2022

Combined Medicines Counter and Dispensing assistant reaccreditation report (Jan 2020)

Dispensing Assistant (known as ADAC)

Current accreditation period: Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

Dispensing Assistant (known as ADAC) report (Nov 2018)

Delivering Medicines Safely and Effectively

Current accreditation period: Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

Delivering medicines reaccreditation report (Nov 2018)

Introduction to Pharmacy Stock Control

Current accreditation period: Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

Introduction to stock reaccreditation report (Nov 2018)

Medicines counter assistant

Current accreditation period: Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

Medicines counter assistant reaccreditation report (Nov 2018)

The NPA website can be found here

Scientia Skills

Dispensing Assistant

Current accreditation period: Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

Dispensing assistant reaccreditation report (Oct 2018)

Looking After Dispensary Stock

Current accreditation period: Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

Looking after stock reaccreditation report (Oct 2018)

Pharmacy Assistant Programme

Current accreditation period: Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

Pharmacy assistant accreditation report (Oct 2018)

Medicines counter assistant

Current accreditation period: Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

Medicines counter assistant reaccreditation report (Oct 2018)

The Scientia Skills website can be found here

Approved apprenticeship pathways

The apprenticeship pathway is made up of qualifications/courses offered by the providers below. 

Pearsons/Edexcel

BTEC L2 Certificate in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Support Staff (Apprenticeship)

Current recognition period: Oct 2020 - Oct 2026

Level 2 BTEC in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Support Staff (Apprenticeship) report (Aug 2020)

The Pearson/Edexcel website can be found here

Qualifications and courses currently in teach out

The GPhC continues to recognise the following qualifications and courses provided that a trainee was enrolled prior to the dates shown below and completes the qualifications/courses within the teach out period stated.

City & Guilds

Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science (knowledge based) (500/9575/4)

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (competence based) (500/9234/0)

Current recognition period: Ended. Teach out period valid until 30th September 2022 (for trainees enrolled prior to 11:59pm 30th September 2020).

Pearsons/Edexcel

BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science (knowledge based) (500/9579/1)

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (competence based) (500/9351/4)

Current recognition period: Ended. Teach out period valid until 30th September 2022 (for trainees enrolled prior to 11:59pm 30th September 2020).