Approved pharmacy technician courses

Pharmacy technician training involves completing both a knowledge and a competency-based qualification or the integrated competency and knowledge-based qualification/course**. This can be achieved either by undertaking GPhC-accredited courses or GPhC-recognised qualifications.

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

** The integrated qualification/course is only applicable in relation to qualifications/courses developed to the standards for the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians - October 2017 [PDF 714 KB]


Recognised integrated qualifications

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



Current recognition period: until end of January 2026


Open Awards

Current recognition period: until end of January 2026


National Qualification for England and Wales

Step 1 - This is step 1 of a two-stage process

Current recognition period: Provisional subject to Ofqual approval


Recognised non-integrated qualifications

For the short term the GPhC will continue to recognise the qualifications listed below until the date shown.


City & Guilds

Current recognition period: until end of September 2020



Current recognition period: until end of September 2020


Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Current recognition period: ongoing


Accredited programme providers

The GPhC accredits the following programme providers to offer pharmacy technician training courses.


Buttercups - integrated programme

Current accreditation period: June 2019 - June 2022


Buttercups - integrated course (apprenticeship pathway)

Current accreditation period: Dec 2019 - June 2022

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National Pharmacy Association (NPA) - knowledge based course

Current accreditation period: Sep 2014 - Feb 2020^

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^ Extension granted to the end of February 2020 due to revision of education and training standards for pharmacy technicians.