How to become a pharmacy technician
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could do a Pharmacy Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.
You can also train to be a pharmacy technician through an apprenticeship with the NHS or the armed forces.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You can apply for a trainee pharmacy technician position and learn on the job.
Employers will often ask for 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and science, Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science, or equivalent qualifications.
You'll do on-the-job training over 2 years and work towards a Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians.
- you'll need to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council
Professional and industry bodies
Once qualified you can join the Association of Pharmacy Technicians for continuous professional development.