Pharmacy technician education and training

Pharmacy technicians are a vital part of the pharmacy team. They work under the supervision of the pharmacist to ensure the safe running of the pharmacy and make sure patients get the most from their medicines. 

Pharmacy technicians prepare medicines and other healthcare products. They also play an active role in offering support and guidance to patients and the public.

See the FAQs section below to learn more about this profession and the steps to become a pharmacy technician. You can also find out about courses and qualifications for pharmacy technicians by using the filters that appear at the bottom of the page.

Pharmacy technicians FAQs

Once qualified as a pharmacy technician you could be involved in:

  • providing safe and effective pharmacy services
  • supplying medicines and devices to patients, whether on prescription or over the counter
  • working with patients to reach the best care for them 
  • assembling medicines for prescriptions
  • providing information to patients and other healthcare professionals
  • managing areas of medicines supply, such as dispensaries
  • supervising other pharmacy staff and being involved in their training and development
  • answering customers questions face to face or by phone
  • referring problems or queries to the pharmacist
  • manufacturing 
  • aseptic dispensing, which involves maintaining the facilities used to prepare sterile medicines 
  • involvement in quality control, procurement, information technology and clinical trials

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Use the search below to find specific pharmacy technician courses and qualifications. You can use the filters on the left to find different types of courses, or search by location.

Buttercups Training


Open Awards

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

East Anglia (Norwich), University of

National Pharmacy Association (NPA)