Approved pharmacy technician courses

Current pharmacy technician training involves completing both a knowledge- and a competency-based qualification. 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.

Recognised qualifications

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

City & Guilds

Current recognition period: ongoing


Current recognition period: ongoing

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Current recognition period: ongoing

National Qualification for England and Wales

Step 1 - This is step 1 of a two-step 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 - Oct 2019*

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* Extension granted to the end of October 2019 due to revision of education and training standards for pharmacy technicians.