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Offering Info

Certificate III in Community Pharmacy

  • National Course Code: SIR30116
  • TAFE NSW code: SIR30116-01V01-21TAM-054

Location – Bourke Connected Learning Centre

Attendance

Variable

Delivery

Combination

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

19.5 Hours per week

Duration

28 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Community Pharmacy builds your confidence in supporting local communities with a wide range of health and wellness needs as a pharmacy assistant. Help people feel better and move towards further study in pharmacy dispensary or retail business.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Discuss over the counter medications and products with customers
  • Familiarise yourself with cough and cold, skin and anti-fungal, gastrointestinal, allergy relief, analgesic and anti-inflammatory products
  • Read and understand pharmaceutical terminology and labelling
  • Process prescriptions
  • Restock product shelves and set up store displays

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A nurturing and empathetic mindset
  • Great customer service
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Honesty and reliability
  • A respect for confidential patient data
  • The ability to think quickly and multitask
  • Calmness in high-pressure environments

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Pharmacy assistant
  • Pharmacy sales assistant

GROW YOUR CAREER

Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy Dispensary
  • Certificate IV in Retail Management
  • Certificate IV in Business
  • Certificate IV in Business Administration
  • Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
  • Certificate IV in New Small Business
  • Diploma of Visual Merchandising

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

Please check your preferred study location for additional information.

Traineeship
TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Community Pharmacy as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in a community pharmacy as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.

WORK PLACEMENT

There is no work placement requirement for this qualification. As a trainee, you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

If you are enrolling as a non-trainee, you need to be in relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments in order to meet the course completion requirements.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

Pharmacy assistants must comply with Federal, state or territory law and guidelines set by the Pharmacy Board of Australia at all times when supplying scheduled medicines. You will need to abide by these laws and guidelines throughout your traineeship.

Visit the Pharmacy Board of Australia for more information.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

To be prepared for this course, we recommend you have:

  • Strong customer service
  • Great communication skills
  • Year-10 level English capabilities
  • An interest in the health and wellbeing of others

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you can demonstrate practical components of the course either in a real pharmacy work environment or in a simulated pharmacy environment. Learners will need a USB and a recording device (mobile phone).

To successfully complete this course, work placement is not compulsory however is highly recommended in a pharmacy.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a blended flexible course. You will need to attend approximately 12 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 28 weeks. As well as the in class component, you will need to complete approximately 7.5 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 5.4 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours.

Studying at a TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre means that you dont have to leave your local community to get a first rate education and access elite training, teachers and support services.

Connected Learning Centres are custom designed to utilise modern technologies, simulations and virtual reality experiences to offer you a wider range of choices, more accessible, practical training and flexible learning opportunities. Students can access work booths, group learning rooms, a computer hub, print shop, tech-bar, media lounge, and learning support centre and a creative space to work on ideas for the future.

Our Connected Learning Centres will equip you with the skills you need for the jobs you want - in regional NSW, or anywhere in the world. If you would like to explore your local Connected Learning Centre

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for learners who are aspiring to work in the pharmacy industry, which may include; front of pharmacy or dispensary areas. Job seekers, Aboriginal people, mature aged, seeking employment or reskilling in pharmacy. Learners will have little or no pharmacy industry experience or knowledge.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled at TAFE NSW Bourke, Connected Learning Centre on Thursday from 9.00am to 3:30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding

RECOGNITION

Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
SIRCCCS002 Provide and promote services to pharmacy customers
SIRCDIS001 Assist customers with prescriptions
SIRCIND001 Work effectively in a community pharmacy
SIRCIND002 Support the supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines
SIRCINF001 Use pharmacy practices for infection control
SIRCPPA005 Assist customers with cough and cold relief products
SIRCPPA006 Assist customers with skin and anti-fungal products
SIRCPPA008 Assist customers with products for gastro-intestinal conditions
SIRCPPA009 Assist customers with allergy relief products
SIRCPPA010 Assist customers with analgesic and anti-inflammatory products
Elective Units
Number Title
SIRCPPA001 Assist customers with vitamins, minerals and supplements
SIRCPPA002 Assist customers with eye and ear care products
SIRCPPA003 Assist customers with first aid products
SIRCPPA004 Assist customers with oral care products
SIRCPPA007 Assist customers with pregnancy and maternal health products and services
SIRCPPA011 Assist customers with baby and infant care products
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Bourke Connected Learning Centre
48 Oxley Street, Bourke
Phone 131 601

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