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

Recognised qualifications

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

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

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


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

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*Buttercups is also accredited to continue delivering the knowledge based programme until the end of Aug 2019. The integrated programme will commence in September 2019.

National Pharmacy Association (NPA) - knowledge based programme

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.