Support your community through a career in community pharmacy, providing customers with advice on sensitive topics, infection risks or skin treatments. Gain practical skills that can be applied across the retail industry such as beauty products and services, inventory and pharmacy product advice.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Interact with pharmacy customers
Work effectively in a community pharmacy
Use pharmacy practices for infection control
Participate in workplace health and safety
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate II level
Broad knowledge of products stocked in pharmacies
The ability to apply the regulations around pharmacy support
Gain certifications to be able to serve customers at pharmacy registers according to Quality Care Pharmacy Program (QCPP)
The skills and knowledge to support pharmacists in their work
A strong pathway to further study in the community pharmacy and retail services industry
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
An interest in the health and wellbeing of others
An affinity for customer service
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Pharmacy Sales Assistants sell pharmaceutical goods, toiletries and related goods in retail pharmacies (Pharmacy Technicians are not included here, they are included in Medical Technicians).
Other jobs include: Pharmacy Assistant
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate II in Community Pharmacy does not have any pre-requisite courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate II in Community Pharmacy qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 12 Units of competency, including 4 core and 8 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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