Approved pharmacy technician courses

Pharmacy technician training involves completing both a knowledge and a competency-based qualification or the combined 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 combined 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 combined qualifications

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



Current recognition period: until end of January 2026


NCFE Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education

Current recognition period: until end of June 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 that proceeded the above recognition events.


Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Current recognition period: until end of May 2026


Recognised non-combined 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 (until the transition to the new qualification begins)


Accredited programme providers

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


Buttercups - combined programme

Current accreditation period: June 2019 - June 2022


Buttercups - combined course (apprenticeship pathway)

Current accreditation period: Dec 2019 - June 2022

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University of East Anglia - Certificate in Higher Education in Pharmacy Tehnician Practice course

Current accreditation period: July 2020 - July 2023

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Providers that are able to deliver units for EEA-qualified pharmacy technicians


Buttercups Training^


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National Pharmacy Association (NPA)^


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^Trainees may enrol to undertake specific units of the knowledge based course if it is for the purpose of meeting education requirements as part of the route to registration for EEA-qualified pharmacy technicians. To be eligible to undertake these units, applicants must have applied to register with the GPhC via the EEA route before the end of the Brexit transition period.


Provider(s) that have entered into 'teach out' arrangements - pharmacy technician course/qualification


National Pharmacy Association (NPA) - knowledge based course

Current accreditation period: Ended. Teach out period valid until 28th February 2023 (for trainees enrolled prior to 11:59pm 29th February 2020).

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